PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 19, 2014) – A late rally set the Rutgers softball team up for a game-tying opportunity in the seventh inning, but Memphis held RU off the board with the tying run on second base, ending the contest in a 4-3 loss at the RU Softball Complex.
The Scarlet Knights (21-16, 5-7 American) left a total of 11 runners on base in the contest, besting Memphis in hits, 12-10. A two-run double by sophomore Melanie Slowinski (Severn, Md.) in the final frame put Rutgers within striking distance of the Tigers’ lead
But UM pitcher Ellen Roberts closed the game by forcing sophomore Jordan Whitley (Clayton, Del.) to fly out to left field, leaving Slowinski on second base as the potential tying run.
Junior left-hander Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville, Calif.) took the loss, dropping her record to 13-7 on the year. She went 6.1 innings and allowed 10 hits, four runs and a walk.
RU pushed its first run across in the bottom of the fifth inning off a solo home run by senior Alexis Durando (Oakland, N.J.).
Memphis, meanwhile, took a 2-0 lead in the first inning with three hits and a pair of steals to get into scoring position. A Calli Irvin home run in the top of the seventh gave the Tigers what proved to be a crucial insurance run and allowed them to seal the 4-3 win. An RBI single in the top of the fourth inning gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead prior to Durando’s homer.
Rutgers returns to the diamond on Wednesday, April 23 at the RU Softball Complex against former BIG EAST foe St. John’s. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.
- Rutgers recorded double-digit hits (12) for the 13th time this season.
- The Scarlet Knights turned two groundout double plays - a 5-4-3 and 3-2-4 - Friday against Memphis.
- RU left a total of 11 runners on base Saturday. That mark is the second-highest this season.
- The Scarlet Knights have hit at least one home run in four of the last five games, twice recording at least two.
- Landrith made her 100th appearance as a Scarlet Knight Saturday against Memphis. She is two wins shy of 50 for her career, which would make her just the third pitcher in school history to reach that mark.
- Junior Jackie Bates (Lincroft, N.J.) went 1-for-4 to record her 48th hit of the season. The hit extended her hitting streak to 10 games and surpassed her total from all of last season.
- Durando’s solo home run in the fifth inning was her fourth of the season.
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