PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 16, 2014) – The Rutgers softball team welcomes Memphis to Piscataway, N.J. for a three-game American Athletic Conference series beginning on Friday, April 18 at the RU Softball Complex.
The series kicks off at noon Friday with a doubleheader and closes with an 11 a.m. matchup on Saturday, April 19. Friday’s doubleheader will be broadcast live on ScarletKnights.com by RVision, presented by AT&T. Danny Breslauer will be on the call.
Rutgers Quick Hits
RU had its April 14 game at Monmouth canceled due to inclement weather. Overall, the Scarlet Knights have had nine games canceled due to inclement weather, including five contests at the RU Softball Complex.
Rutgers (19-15, 3-6 American) dropped two of three games at Temple last weekend in Ambler, Pa., taking the series-opener before dropping the final two games of the three-game set.
Junior center fielder Jackie Bates (Lincroft, N.J.) leads the American Athletic Conference with a .421 batting average and is second with a .682 slugging percentage and 13 doubles. Bates’ 0.38 doubles averaged per game is the 11th-best mark in the country (as of April 14). Her 30 RBIs in 34 games is tied for third in the league and five shy of tying her total from 2013, while her 45 hits is two shy of tying her total from all of last season (47). Bates rides a seven-game hitting streak into the week.
Junior Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville, Calif.) enters the week 12-6 on the season after tossing a two-hit shutout of the Owls in a 2-0 RU victory (April 12). She moved into second place on RU’s all-time list with nine strikeouts in the outing, passing Kelley Gallagher (1985-88). Landrith has struck out 445 batters in two-plus years “On the Banks.”
The Scarlet Knights’ .295 batting average, .416 slugging percentage and .368 on-base percentage are the second-best marks in the last 10 years.
Memphis (19-24, 3-8 American) visits Piscataway, N.J., on a two-game winning streak after defeating Mississippi Valley, 4-0, on April 15 and upsetting Houston, 6-5, on April 13 to close a three-game series.
Lindsay Crowdus leads the Tigers with a .373 batting average in 40 games played this season, while Brittany Vaughn (.303) is the only other Memphis player hitting above .300. She leads the team with 10 doubles and 26 RBIs.
Ellen Roberts aces the Memphis pitching staff with a 2.51 ERA and 9-14 record. She has struck out 121 batters in 153.1 innings pitched – more than half of the strikeout total all of Tiger pitchers combined.
RU leads the all-time series, 1-0, defeating Memphis by a 2-1 score in eight innings on March 5, 2010 in Clearwater, Fla. Current RU assistant coach Lindsey Curran scored the game-winning run.
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