AMBLER, Pa. (April 12, 2014) – The Rutgers softball team split its doubleheader with Temple Saturday afternoon at the Temple Softball Stadium, taking the series-opener, 2-0, before falling, 14-6, in five innings in the second game.
The Scarlet Knights (19-14, 3-5 American) used 10 hits to take the opening game, scoring the game’s only two runs in the top of the third inning. The inning began with a single by sophomore Liz Adams (Crystal Lake, Ill.), who was moved to second base with a sac-bunt by senior Loren Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.).
Two batters later, junior Jackie Bates (Lincroft, N.J.) knocked in the first run of the frame with an RBI single, bringing home Adams. Senior Alexis Durando (Oakland, N.J.) recorded the second RBI of the inning with a single up the middle to bring home junior Chandler Howard (Wilmington, Del.), giving RU a 2-0 lead.
Howard went 3-for-4 with a double to lead RU in the contest, as Bates (2-for-4) and freshman Carly Todd (Deptford, N.J.), who went 2-for-4, also recorded multi-hit games.
The two runs were more than enough for junior left-hander Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville, Calif.), as the RU ace tossed a complete game two-hitter. Landrith (12-5) struck out nine in her fourth shutout of the season, lowering her ERA to 2.45.
With nine strikeouts, Landrith also bumped her career total to 441, moving her into second place on RU’s all-time list. She passed Kelley Gallagher (1985-88) in the outing, who previously held the second-place spot with 933 Ks.
RU dropped the second game of the afternoon to Temple, 14-6, in five innings. The Owls walked off with the win with a six-run bottom of the fifth inning after entering the frame ahead, 8-6.
Despite the loss, the Scarlet Knights still posted 10 hits and had three players – freshman Danielle Demarco (Brookfield, Conn.), Durando and Howard – hit home runs in the game.
Howard now leads the squad with six homers this season, while Bates recorded her 30th RBI in the first game. Bates entered the day leading the American in batting average and only improved her standing, moving her average to .427 on the year.
The Owls and Scarlet Knights close the series tomorrow at noon in Ambler, Pa. The game will be carried on a live audio broadcast courtesy of Owls TV. Fans can tune in by clicking here.
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