PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 11, 2014) – The Rutgers softball team enters its third American Athletic Conference series of the season this weekend, as the squad travels to Ambler, Pa., to face Temple in a three-game set from April 12-13.
The series kicks off at noon Saturday, April 12 in doubleheader action and closes with a noon matchup on Sunday, April 13. Saturday’s doubleheader will be broadcast live by Owls TV, while Sunday’s series finale will be carried on an audio broadcast.
Rutgers Quick Hits
The Scarlet Knights (18-13, 2-4 American) split their recent midweek competition, defeating Seton Hall by a 6-5 margin on April 9 before dropping a road contest at Princeton, 5-3, on April 10.
Junior center fielder Jackie Bates (Lincroft, N.J.) leads the American Athletic Conference with a .418 batting average and a .704 slugging percentage and is tied for second with 13 doubles. Bates’ 0.45 doubles averaged per game is the second-best mark in the country (as of April 8). Her 29 RBIs in 31 games is tied for second in the league and six shy of tying her total from 2013, while her 41 hits is six shy of tying her total from all of last season (47).
Junior left-hander Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville, Calif.) improved to 11-5 on the season in RU’s 6-5 win over Seton Hall, moving one strikeout away of tying Kelley Gallagher (1985-88) for second all-time (433).
Sophomore Stephanie Huang (Paramus, N.J.) rides a nine-game hitting streak into the weekend, tying classmate Melanie Slowinski for the second-best mark on the team this season. Huang has recorded multi-hit performances in two of the last three games and is third on the team with a .347 batting average.
Freshman Danielle Demarco (Brookfield, Conn.) hit her second-career home run against Seton Hall earlier in the week, posting a career-best three RBIs. Demarco is tied for third on the squad in home runs and leads all underclassmen in the category.
The Owls (11-18, 1-5 American) return to the Ambler Sports Complex for their first home games of the season this weekend against Rutgers. Temple had its first seven home games canceled due to inclement weather and has dropped four of its last six entering the weekend.
Of the squad’s everyday starters, Sarah Perzioso is the only Owl hitting over .300 and leads with a .376 batting average. Her 24 runs, five doubles, three triples, five home runs, 17 RBIs and 61 total bases also pace the squad.
The Temple pitching staff is spearheaded by Kelsey Dominik, who owns a 2.50 ERA and 7-6 record. She has tossed 11 complete games and 81.1 innings this season to go with 43 strikeouts.
The Scarlet Knights meet Temple for the first time since the 2005 season, when Temple edged Rutgers, 9-1 on March 12. RU’s last win against the Owls came on April 28, 1999 by a 7-3 margin.
Despite losing three of its last five meetings with its former conference foe, Rutgers still leads the all-time series, 41-29.
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