HOUSTON, Texas (May 12, 2014) – A pair of Rutgers softball players were named to the American Athletic Conference Softball Championship All-Tournament Team, the league announced Sunday at the conclusion of the tournament. Junior left-hander Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville, Calif.) and senior Alexis Durando (Oakland, N.J.) were each named to the squad after guiding the Scarlet Knights to a 5-1 win over Houston in the first round of the tournament on Thursday, May 8.
Landrith (17-8) tossed a complete-game two-hitter against the Cougars to send RU to the semifinals, allowing just one run and striking out three. She wrapped up the year with a 2.45 ERA and 186 strikeouts in 177.0 innings pitched.
Durando led the charge offensively for the Scarlet Knights, hitting a grand slam in the sixth inning to secure the 5-1 win. The grand slam was the second of her career and gave her four RBIs for the game, which tied her career-high. She ended the year with a .298 batting average, five doubles, five home runs and a team-high 34 walks.
Rutgers’ 28-19 record and .596 winning percentage rank among the best marks in recent school history. The 2014 team’s winning percentage is the highest since the 1995 team went 30-17 (.638).
2014 American Softball Championship All-Tournament Team
Juli Weber, CF, USF
Alexis Durando, 1B, Rutgers
Alyssa Landrith, P, Rutgers
Samantha McCloskey, 1B, UCF
Mariah Garcia, CF, UCF
Mackenzie Audas, P, UCF
Farrah Sullivan, 3B, UCF
Kayla Soles, CF, Louisville
Brittany Duncan, DH, Louisville
Taner Fowler, C, Louisville
Rachel LeCoq, P, Louisville
Katie Keller, 2B, Louisville (Most Outstanding Player)
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