SAN ANTONIO, Texas (February 16, 2013) – The Rutgers softball team (1-3) split its second day at the UTSA Classic, dropping its second game, 11-1, in five innings to host school UTSA. The Roadrunners (4-2) took charge with a five-run fifth inning, extending their lead to double digits before shutting down the RU bats in the bottom half of the inning.
UTSA’s Megan Low – who hit two home runs and recorded four RBIs – and Jolene Graham both hit homers in the fifth as part of the Roadrunners’ rally.
Senior pitcher Abbey Houston (New Egypt, N.J.) took the loss for the Scarlet Knights, allowing three earned runs and striking out two in three innings of work.
RU scored its lone run of game in the fourth inning after senior outfielder Jennifer Harabedian (Flemington, N.J.) got things started with a one-out walk. Freshman Melanie Slowinski (Severn, Md.) followed her up by reaching on an error, before senior Alexis Durando (Oakland, N.J.) singled through the right side two batters later to earn her first RBI of the season.
UTSA jumped on Houston early in the game, as Low blasted a three-run home run in the first inning to give UTSA a 3-0 lead. The UTSA bats threatened again in the second inning, tacking on another run on a first and third play to take a 4-0 lead.
Freshman Dresden Maddox (Kennesaw, Ga.) and sophomore Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville, Calif.) allowed just three hits in seven innings of work, leading the squad to a 3-0 win against Missouri State in Game One.
Landrith struck out Missouri State’s final two batters to seal the victory after going 4.2 innings for RU. Maddox threw for 2.1 innings and allowed just one hit in her first career start as a Scarlet Knight.
Slowinski, sophomore Jackie Bates (Lincroft, N.J.) and senior Ashley Bragg (Middletown, Del.) all recorded RBIs in the victory
The Scarlet Knights extended their lead to 3-0 after a two-hit fifth inning. Williams led off the inning with a single to left field, and advanced to second after a Missouri State error. Two batters later, following a Howard single, Bates reached on a fielder’s choice, allowing Williams to cross the plate for another RU run.
Missouri State threatened in the third and fourth innings, twice getting runners in scoring position with one out. Landrith responded on both occasions, closing the door on back-to-back Missouri State batters to hold the Bears scoreless.
RU jumped ahead, 2-0, in the bottom of the second inning on a rally that began with a Missouri State error. After Alden reached on the error to start the inning, Harabedian laid down a sac-bunt to advance Alden to second.
A batter later, Slowinski slapped a single to left field, plating Alden and giving the Scarlet Knights their first lead of the day. Bragg stepped to the plate two batters later with the bases loaded and lined out to left field, earning an RBI to increase the RU lead to 2-0.
The Scarlet Knights close out their stint in the Lone Star state tomorrow morning, when they face Boise State for the second time of the tournament. Boise State won, 3-0, in the first meeting between the two schools.
- Senior Loren Williams has hit safely in all four of RU’s games to start the season. She has an eight-game hitting streak dating back to last year, and has a .455 to start 2013.
- Freshman Melanie Slowinski has hit safely in three straight games for the Scarlet Knights. She is 4-8 with a run and an RBI in the last three games. Slowinski is hitting .364 through four games.
- Freshman Jordan Whitley recorded the first hit of her Rutgers career against Missouri State. It was also her first at-bat as a Scarlet Knight.
- Junior transfer Emma Woo earned her first at-bat as a Scarlet Knight against Missouri State.
- Sophomore Alyssa Landrith improved to 1-1 on the year after throwing for 4.1 innings in relief of freshman Dresden Maddox. She owns a 2.53 ERA with nine strikeouts in two appearances this season.
- Freshman Stephanie Huang recorded a single against UTSA – the first hit of her career.
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