PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 26, 2014) – Like they have for much of the season, the Rutgers softball team’s bats came alive at the right time, recording a four-spot in the bottom of the sixth inning en route to a 4-3 win in the second game of a doubleheader against UConn Saturday at the RU Softball Complex. The win completed the day’s sweep and series win for the Scarlet Knights, who won 5-0 in the first game behind a two-hit shutout from junior left-hander Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville, Calif.).
Prior to the doubleheader the program honored its three seniors – Alexis Durando (Oakland, N.J.), Loren Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Emma Woo (Santa Monica, Calif.).
RU (24-16, 7-7 American) and UConn (13-33, 3-14 American) close the series out tomorrow at noon. The contest will be broadcast live on RVision, presented by AT&T, with Danny Breslauer on the call.
A two-run home run by junior Chandler Howard (Wilmington, Del.) – her ninth of the year – got the scoring going for Rutgers in the bottom of the sixth inning in Game Two, tying the game at 2-2. RBI hits by sophomore Stephanie Huang (Paramus, N.J.) and freshman Carly Todd (Deptford, N.J.) later in the inning gave RU its first lead of the game, with Huang plating Durando before being brought home by Todd.
The RBI single up the middle by Todd proved crucial, as UConn rallied in the seventh to score a run and make it a 4-3 with two outs. With runners on second and third, freshman right-hander Shayla Sweeney (Barrington, N.J.) shut the door on the Huskies, forcing a groundout to sophomore shortstop Melanie Slowinski (Severn, Md.) to end the game.
Sweeney improved to 8-8 with the complete game six-hitter, allowing three runs and three walks. She has won her last three outings.
The first game of the afternoon was dominated by Landrith, who allowed just two hits and one walk in a complete game shutout of the Huskies. She struck out seven.
The Scarlet Knights went ahead 2-0 in the first inning and never looked back, tacking on insurance runs in the second, fifth and sixth innings. The contest began with a double to left center by Williams, who was later brought home on a double from junior Jackie Bates (Lincroft, N.J.) to make it 1-0. A Durando RBI single made it 2-0 after the opening frame, as Landrith shut the door on the Huskies for the remainder of the contest.
The RU runs scored in the second and fifth innings came on first and third opportunities, with the Scarlet Knights executing double steals with two outs and scoring prior to being tagged out in between first and second base. An RBI double by Slowinski in the sixth sealed the deal to make it 5-0, with Landrith forcing a 1-2-3 top of the seventh for her 14th win of the year.
- The Scarlet Knights tied their season-high with four doubles in the series-opener vs. UConn.
- RU turned its fifth groundball double play of the season in its 4-3 win over UConn.
- With her 20th shutout against UConn in the series-opener, Landrith passed Sharon Martin (1980-83) for third place on the all-time list.
- Landrith improved to 49-33 in her career with the win Saturday, making her one victory shy of becoming the fourth pitcher in school history to reach the 50-win mark.
- Bates hit her 15th double of the season in the series-opener vs. the Huskies, tying her with Adele Calimer (1989) for the third-most in RU single-season history.
- Howard’s two-run home run to spark RU’s four-run rally in Game Two was her ninth of the season and 28th for Rutgers as a team this season. The 28 home runs ties the 2013 squad for the third most in the program’s single-season history.
- Howard’s nine long balls is the third-highest mark in RU single-season history. With one more homer, she would become just the third player after Brittney Lindley (2010 and 2011) and Nikki Childress (2004) to hit double-digit home runs in a single season.
- Durando went a combined 3-for-5 in the wins against UConn, reaching the 101 career-hits mark. She is the fourth active player after Bates, Howard and Williams to record 100 hits in a Scarlet Knights uniform.
- Bates and Durando are each three games shy of 150 for their Rutgers careers. Williams is 10 shy of 200 games played for her career.
- Bates is now seven RBIs shy (36) of tying Sharon Morris for third on RU’s single-season list after knocking in a run in the 5-0 win over the Huskies. The 36 RBIs is a new career-high.
- Williams surpassed 200 at-bats for her career Saturday, going a combined 2-for-6 on the day.
- Howard went 2-for-6 Saturday to move six hits shy of 150 for her Rutgers career. She is also eight hits shy of tying Williams for the third-most hits in a single season (62). Williams notched 62 hits last season for RU.
- Durando walked once Saturday, moving into third place on RU’s single season list with 29 free passes. She would become just the third player after Amanda Heller (2008) and Brittney Lindley (2011) to record 30 walks in a single season. Heller and Lindley recorded 36 and 31 walks, respectively.
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