AMBLER, Pa. (April 13, 2014) – Entering the top of the seventh inning down, 5-1, at Temple, the Rutgers softball team loaded the bases with no outs and began cutting at the Owls’ lead. However, Temple pitcher Kelsey Dominik worked her way out of the jam, allowing just two runs to cross before forcing a groundout to end the contest at 5-3 Sunday afternoon at the Temple Softball Stadium.
Junior Chandler Howard (Wilmington, Del.) singled in sophomore Jordan Whitley (Clayton, Del.) to score the first run of the seventh and knock in her 20th RBI of the season. Temple recorded the first out a batter later on a fielder’s choice to the shortstop, who went home with the play to prevent another run from coming across.
Following a strikeout, sophomore Stephanie Huang (Paramus, N.J.) tallied an RBI-walk to make it 5-3 Temple and keep the bases loaded. Freshman Danielle Demarco (Brookfield, Conn.) then stepped to the plate with the tying run on second, but Dominik forced a groundout to end the game and give Rutgers (19-15, 3-6 American) the loss.
Junior left-hander Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville, Calif.) dropped to 12-6. She went 6.0 innings, allowed eight hits, five runs – four earned – and one walk. Landrith struck out four Owls in the game.
Temple’s (13-19, 3-6 American) two-run bottom of the sixth provided the insurance runs needed to hold RU off in the seventh. Kaylyn Zierke hit a two-run home run to make it a 5-1 ball game, taking Landrith’s offering over the left centerfield wall.
The Scarlet Knights’ only other run of the game came in the top of the second inning, which at that point gave RU a 1-0 edge. Demarco groundout out to shortstop but earned the RBI in the at-bat, scoring Huang to make it a 1-0 game.
The Owls quickly responded in the bottom of the third inning, using three doubles to score two runs and go ahead for good.
RU is back in action on Tuesday, April 15 at Monmouth. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.
- Howard notched her 20th RBI of the season against the Owls. It is her second consecutive season with at least 20 RBIs, as the junior recorded 33 last year.
- RU recorded one error against the Owls, which led to an unearned run. It was the team’s first error since April 5 at UCF.
- Junior Jackie Bates (Lincroft, N.J.) extended her hitting streak to seven games, tied for the third-best mark this season. She leads RU with 30 RBIs, 13 doubles, a .682 slugging percentage and a .421 batting average this season.
- The Scarlet Knights did not have any players record a multi-hit game for the first time since April 5 at UCF.
- Rutgers left nine runners on base Sunday, its most since leaving 12 on base on March 22 at Louisville.
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