PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 30, 2014) – The Rutgers softball team will travel to face LIU-Brooklyn on Thursday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m. The Scarlet Knights’ game at Iona, scheduled for Thursday, May 1 at 4 p.m., was canceled due to inclement weather.
RU was originally supposed to play against LIU-Brooklyn Wednesday, April 30, at 4 p.m. at the RU Softball Complex, however, weather did not allow it.
Rutgers (25-16, 8-7 American) rides a four-game winning streak into the contest after not playing since last weekend. Overall this season, the Scarlet Knights have missed 10 games due to inclement weather, including six at the RU Softball Complex.
The Scarlet Knights swept UConn over the weekend (April 26-27) at the RU Softball Complex, recording back-to-back comeback victories to close the three-game set. RU won the series finale, 7-3, in eight innings courtesy of a game-tying home run in the seventh inning and a walk-off grand slam in the eighth from freshman Carly Todd (Deptford, N.J.).
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After her 3-for-4 day with five RBIs, two home runs and a grand slam against UConn in the series finale, Todd was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll on April 28, the conference announced. In four games, Todd went 5-for-10 (.500) with eight RBIs, two home runs and a 1.100 slugging percentage.
Freshman Shayla Sweeney (Barrington, N.J.) also earned a spot on the conference honor roll on April 28, going 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA last week for the Scarlet Knights. She tossed 13.0 innings, recording seven strikeouts and a complete game.
Junior center fielder Jackie Bates (Lincroft, N.J.) is second in the American Athletic Conference with a .402 batting average, 15 doubles and 37 RBIs, and is third with a .685 slugging percentage. Bates’ 0.37 doubles averaged per game is the 15th-best mark in the country (as of April 28). In 41 games this season, Bates has notched 51 hits, four more than she did in 56 contests in 2013. Her 37 RBIs this year are two more than the 35 she posted in 56 games last season. She owns a 24-game reached base steak entering the week, the best mark on the team this season.
Junior Chandler Howard (Wilmington, Del.), who is second on the Scarlet Knights with a .397 batting average, rides an 11-game hitting streak into Wednesday’s game vs. LIU-Brooklyn. Sophomore Stephanie Huang (Paramus, N.J.), third on the team with a .368 batting average, is on a nine-game hitting streak entering the week.
The Scarlet Knights’ .307 batting average and .446 slugging percentage are the best marks over the last 10 seasons, while the squad’s .376 on-base percentage is the second-best program marks since 2004. RU leads the American in batting average and is second in slugging, with three players in the top-10 in batting average.
RU’s 32 home runs this season are the second-most in program history behind the 2011 team, which recorded 36.
LIU Brooklyn (19-30, 8-6 NEC) travels to Piscataway, N.J. as winners of its last three contests, taking one of two games from Farleigh Dickinson on April 26 before sweeping a doubleheader against Sacred Heart on April 27.
Lauren Morizi is the team’s leader at the plate with a .321 batting average, .421 slugging percentage and 14 doubles. Whitney West is the only other LIU player hitting over .300 this season, as she leads the squad with 51 hits and three triples to go with a .317 batting average.
Shelley Procter paces LIU in the circle with a 12-15 record and 3.60 ERA in 167.1 innings pitched.
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