PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 8, 2014) – The Rutgers softball team moves into an all-N.J., midweek schedule this week, hosting Seton Hall on Wednesday, April 9 at 4 p.m. before traveling to face Princeton on Thursday, April 10 at 4 p.m.
A live stream of the Scarlet Knights’ (17-12, 2-4 American) game at Princeton will be available via the Ivy League Digital Network. A subscription is required for viewing.
Seton Hall: RVision Highlights
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The Scarlet Knights dropped two of three games at UCF in American Athletic Conference action from April 5-6 in Orlando, Fla., taking the series finale, 4-1, behind a 3-for-4 day by junior Jackie Bates (Lincroft, N.J.).
Bates leads the American Athletic Conference with a .411 batting average, is tied for first with 13 doubles and is second with a .689 slugging percentage. The center fielder’s 0.45 doubles averaged per game is the second-best mark in the country. Her 28 RBIs in 29 games is third in the league and seven shy of tying her total from 2013.
Junior Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville, Calif.) went 3-1 with a save last week for Rutgers, moving into third place on the all-time RU strikeout list with 428. She is five Ks shy of tying Kelley Gallagher (1985-88) for second all-time (433).
At 17-12 through 29 games, RU holds the same exact mark it did in 2013. However, the Scarlet Knights have been more productive at the plate this season, hitting .288 (+.12) with 142 runs (+9).
Junior Chandler Howard (Wilmington, Del.) had a 13-game hitting streak snapped over the weekend. In that span, the left fielder hit .531 with five doubles, a triple, three home runs, 11 RBIs, 14 runs scored and an .857 slugging percentage.
Howard tallied nine multi-hit games during the streak and slapped at least three hits three times, including a career-best four hits against Villanova. She is second on the team with a .375 batting average.
Scouting Seton Hall
Seton Hall enters the matchup at 9-24 overall and has lost three consecutive games since falling, 12-5, to visiting Rutgers on Tuesday, April 1. Seton Hall entered its second BIG EAST series of the season over the weekend and was swept by DePaul in Chicago, Ill.
Five Pirates lead the charge at the plate, paced by Yasmin Harrell with a .333 batting average. Danielle Destaso is second on the team with a .329 average but leads with a .608 slugging percentage and 20 RBIs. Meredith Henze leads the Pirates and is tied for third in the league with eight home runs on the year.
Jen Metzger maintains the best ERA on the squad, boasting a 4.60 mark and a 4-5 record. She leads the team with 56.1 innings pitched and is tied for the team lead with 10 games started.
Following the 12-5 win in their first meeting with Seton Hall this season, the Scarlet Knights lead the all-time series, 44-21. Rutgers has defeated the Pirates in six consecutive games and is 9-1 in the last 10 meetings between the two schools.
Princeton welcomes the Scarlet Knights to the Class of 1895 Field with a 10-18 overall record. The Tigers enter the matchup after sweeping Ivy League foe Brown on the road in a doubleheader on Sunday, April 6.
Maddie Cousens is the only Tiger hitting above .300 this season. She averages .323 at the plate and leads the squad with two home runs and a .477 slugging percentage.
Eric Nori aces the Princeton staff, holding a 4-5 record and a 2.05 ERA. Nori has tossed 61.1 innings and struck out 34 batters this season.
The Scarlet Knights trail the Tigers in the all-time series, 30-23, but have won the last four contests against their in-state rival.
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