PRINCETON, N.J. (April 10, 2014) – Princeton crossed five runs in the final three innings against the Rutgers softball team Thursday at the Class of 1895 Field, holding off the Scarlet Knights’ rally in the seventh inning to win, 5-3.
A throwing error put on sophomore Stephanie Huang (Paramus, N.J.) before a single by junior Jackie Bates (Lincroft, N.J.) gave the Scarlet Knights (18-13, 2-4 American) two runners on and two outs in the final inning. But Princeton’s Shanna Christian buckled down against senior Alexis Durando (Oakland, N.J.), forcing a groundout to end the ballgame.
Freshman Shayla Sweeney (Barrington, N.J.) took the loss, dropping to 5-7 on the year. She allowed four runs and nine hits in 4.1 innings pitched, striking out four.
The Tigers (11-18) scored their final run of the game in the sixth inning to go up, 5-3. Princeton tallied four hits and loaded the bases twice in the inning, but sophomore Dresden Maddox (Kennesaw, Ga.) eventually escaped the frame allowing just one run. She went 1.2 innings in relief of Sweeney and allowed four hits to go with two strikeouts.
After Princeton got on the board with a solo home run in the fourth, the Tigers put together a three-run rally in the fifth inning to take their first lead of the contest. Princeton used four hits, two being doubles, to plate the three runs and knock Sweeney out of the game.
Maddox entered to pitch with one out and runners on second and third and got the job done, retiring the next two batters to end the inning.
Rutgers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning, as senior Emma Woo (Santa Monica, Calif.) executed a sac-bunt to bring home freshman Carly Todd (Deptford, N.J.), who singled to start the frame.
The Scarlet Knights got on the board first in the opening inning, taking advantage of two Princeton errors to take a 2-0 lead. Durando notched a base hit to right field, which scored Bates to give RU a 1-0 edge. Later in the inning with runners on the corners, RU executed a double steal, allowing Durando to come home before sophomore Melanie Slowinski (Severn, Md.) was tagged out in a rundown between first and second base.
Rutgers travels to Temple this weekend for its third American Athletic Conference series of the season. The Scarlet Knights and Owls will begin the series with a doubleheader starting at noon on Saturday, April 12. The teams will close out the series on April 13 at noon.
RU leads Temple in the all-time series, 41-29, and last played the Owls on March 12, 2005. Temple took that contest, 9-1
- With the loss, Rutgers fell to 23-31 all-time against Princeton. The defeat snapped a four-game Rutgers winning streak in the series.
- Woo recorded the first double of her career.
- Rutgers surrendered double-digit hits (13) for the first time since April 5 at UCF.
- Bates went 3-for-4 with a run against the Tigers. It was her 12th multi-hit game of the season, which ties classmate Chandler Howard (Wilmington, Del.) for the team lead.
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