PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 27, 2012) – Rutgers softball looks to build off its momentum from Wednesday’s sweep over Iona when it heads into its final weekend of BIG EAST regular season action. The Scarlet Knights will host St. John’s in a three-game series April 28-29 at the RU Softball Complex.
RU opens the series with a doubleheader starting Saturday at noon. Sunday’s first pitch is also scheduled for noon, with the four graduating seniors being recognized prior to the game.
Rutgers (24-24, 9-10 BIG EAST) enters the weekend tied for sixth place in the BIG EAST standings with Connecticut (21-22, 9-10 BIG EAST) and the top-eight teams earning a berth into the conference tournament. The Scarlet Knights look to make the trip to the BIG EAST Championships for the third-straight season – a feat Rutgers has yet to accomplish since joining the league in 1996.
RU used outstanding pitching to take a pair of victories from the Gaels. Freshman pitcher Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville, Calif.) recorded the school’s first perfect game since April 6, 2000 – when freshman pitcher Andria Koehler accomplished the feat in a 4-0 win against Monmouth – defeating Iona 1-0 in game one. Sophomore left fielder Loren Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.) provided the game’s only run, a solo shot drilled over the left field fence. With the win, Landrith moved into a tie for second place on RU’s single season win list with a 17-9 record on the year.
In game two, senior pitcher Noelle Sisco (Towaco, N.J.) picked up her second win of the year, tossing the complete game and surrendering one run. She struck out a season-high five batters for the second-straight contest in the 4-1 victory.
Senior third baseman Brittney Lindley (Cicero, N.Y.) leads the Scarlet Knights offensively, with a .342 batting average and 25 RBI. She has accumulated a .500 on-base percentage this season and has stolen a team-best 16 bases on the year.
St. John’s (19-30, 7-9) enters the weekend eighth in the BIG EAST rankings, looking to hang on to the final playoff spot in the conference. The Red Storm swept Connecticut in a midweek doubleheader on Wednesday. Senior catcher Kacee Cox exploded for a 5-for-5 performance from the plate with three home runs and six RBI on the afternoon.
Cox, who has recorded a team-best 36 RBI and 12 home runs on the year, is one of four STJ players hitting over .300 on the season. The group is led by senior outfielder Kristi Cady, who’s batting at a .360 clip in her 43 games played.
Red Storm ace Ashley Beza has recorded an 11-18 mark with a 2.71 ERA and is holding batters to a .244 batting average. She has registered 137 strikeouts in 185.2 innings of work.
Rutgers holds the 29-21-1 lead in the all-time series against St. John’s. The last time the two met was for a three-game series on May 1-2, 2010, in which the Scarlet Knights won two out of three. RU came from behind to defeat STJ in game one, but the Red Storm picked up a 4-3 win in walk off fashion to even the series. Rutgers dominated the rubber match with an 8-2 victory.
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