PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 27, 2014) – Freshman Carly Todd (Deptford, N.J.) stole the show against UConn Sunday at the RU Softball Complex, tying the game with a solo home run in the seventh inning before blasting a walk-off grand slam in the eighth to win it, 7-3. The win completed the series sweep for RU (25-16, 8-7 American), which has won four-straight contests and six of its last seven games.
Facing a 3-1 deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning, RU got to work fast to tie the game, registering back-to-back home runs to make it 3-3 with no outs. Sophomore Melanie Slowinski (Severn, Md.) got things started, leading off the inning with a deep left center field blast to make it 3-2. Todd followed her up a batter later, completing RU’s second consecutive late rally with a solo shot over the center field wall.
UConn (13-34, 3-15 American) eventually escaped the frame but went down quietly in the top of the eighth inning, giving the Scarlet Knights a walk-off opportunity again in the bottom half of the eighth.
Once again, RU got going fast. Senior Alexis Durando (Oakland, N.J.) reached base on an inning-opening walk, sophomore Stephanie Huang (Paramus, N.J.) laid down a bunt single and Slowinski grounded one back up the middle to load the bases up with no outs.
After the single, UConn’s Lauren Duggan entered the bases loaded spot in place of Alyson Ambler (1-3), who took the loss in the contest. Todd then sent everyone home, connecting on her second home run of the game – and second of her career – in grand slam fashion to end the game at 7-3.
Freshman right-hander Shayla Sweeney (Barrington, N.J.) picked up her ninth win of the season and moved to 9-8 on the year. She went 2.0 innings in relief of junior left-hander Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville, Calif.), allowing just one hit and striking out another in that span.
Landrith turned in a solid outing, tossing 6.0 innings and allowing seven hits and three runs. She struck out nine batters in the no-decision
Rutgers will play its final game of the season at the RU Softball Complex on Wednesday, April 30 against LIU-Brooklyn. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.
- With four home runs in the series finale against UConn, Rutgers moved into second on the program’s single season list with 32 homers in 2014. Four more home runs would tie the 2011 team for the most in single-season history.
- The Scarlet Knights’ four home runs Sunday was the team’s highest total this season and most since the squad hit four against Brown on March 5, 2011.
- RU’s 23 total bases Sunday were a new season-high.
- Junior Jackie Bates (Lincroft, N.J.) hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning for RU’s first run of the contest. The home run was her seventh of the season.
- Todd recorded the first two home runs of her career in her 3-for-4 day against the Huskies. Her three hits and five RBIs are new career-highs, while her two runs scored tied her personal best.
- Todd became the first player since former RU player Ashley Alden to record five RBIs in a game. Alden did so on Feb. 17, 2013 against Boise State.
- Todd is the first Scarlet Knight to homer twice in the same game since former player Jennifer Harabedian on April 6, 2013 against Georgetown. She is the first player to record a grand slam since Durando did so on April 6 of last season against Georgetown.
- Bates and Durando are each two games shy of 150 for their Rutgers careers. Williams is nine shy of 200 games played for her career.
- Bates is now seven RBIs shy (37) 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 37 RBIs is a new career-high and ties for the second-most RBIs by an RU player in the last 10 seasons.
- Howard went 2-for-4 Sunday to move four hits shy of 150 for her Rutgers career. She is also six 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 Sunday, moving into third place on RU’s single season list with 30 free passes. She is 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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