PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Feb. 15, 2013) – A late-game rally by the Rutgers softball team came up just short Friday afternoon in San Antonio, Texas, as the Scarlet Knights (0-2) fell to Iowa State, 3-2, in their second game of the UTSA Classic.
Senior pitcher Abbey Houston (New Egypt, N.J.) took the loss in Game Two, going six innings while not allowing an earned run. Freshman Melanie Slowinski (Severn, Md.) went 2-3 in the contest, with her biggest hit coming in the bottom of the seventh to help spark an RU rally.
After senior outfielder Jennifer Harabedian (Flemington, N.J.) kicked off the inning with a single, Slowinski blasted a double to right center, giving RU runners on second and third on with one out.
Senior catcher Kaci Madden (Saratoga, N.Y.) kept the rally going a batter later with an RBI single, cutting the ISU lead to 3-2 and bringing Durando to the plate. ISU’s Tori Torrescano responded by retiring the next two batters to cap her complete-game outing and give ISU the win.
The Scarlet Knights dropped their season opener against Boise State, 3-1, Friday morning in Game One of the UTSA Classic, held in San Antonio, Texas. Sophomore lefthander Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville, Calif.) gave up four hits in six innings of work for the Scarlet Knights, while also recording four strikeouts.
Junior outfielder Loren Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.) led RU from the plate with a 2-2 day and scored the team’s only run. The Crenshaw product is on a six-game hitting streak dating back to last season.
RU got on the board in the first inning of play after Williams led off the game with a single and sophomore Chandler Howard (Wilmington, Del.) followed her up with a double to right center. Sophomore outfielder Jackie Bates (Lincroft, N.J.) then reached on an error, allowing Williams to come home for a 1-0 lead.
The Scarlet Knights held onto the lead until the third inning, when Boise State’s Devon Bridges sent a three-run home run to left center, giving the Broncos a 3-1 edge. From there, Boise State’s pitching combo of Rebecca Patton and Lela Work did not allow an RU hit in the final four innings of play.
RU gets back in action tomorrow with another doubleheader. RU begins the day at 3 p.m. against Missouri State and closes at 5:30 p.m. with host –school, UTSA.
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