PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Feb. 27, 2013) – The Rutgers softball team travels to Fairfax, Va., this weekend to compete against three schools at the Patriot Classic, hosted by George Mason. RU (2-3) begins its tournament action against the Patriots at 6 p.m. Friday, March 1, before taking on Cornell and in-state foe Rider at the George Mason Softball Complex.
The Scarlet Knights will play five games in total, competing in doubleheaders on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3. RU will open with Rider (2:30 p.m.) on Saturday before once again taking on George Mason (4:30 p.m.). The squad wraps up the tourney on Sunday with Cornell (9:00 a.m.) and a third meeting with George Mason (11:15 a.m.).
RU enters the tournament after going 2-3 at the UTSA Classic to kick of the 2013 season. The Scarlet Knights won, 9-2, against Boise State in their final contest in San Antonio, Texas. Sophomore lefthander Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville, Calif.) recorded her second complete game of the season while also guiding the Scarlet Knights to their second victory.
At the plate, junior outfielder Loren Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.) maintained her torrid hitting pace, going 2-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll last week, Williams leads RU with a .467 batting average, .533 slugging percentage, five runs scored and seven hits.
George Mason (2-4) returns home to host the Patriot Classic after splitting two games at the USC Upstate Tournament. The Patriots won their opening contest, 3-1, against Winthrop, but dropped an 8-0 decision to USC Upstate to close the tournament. The squad was slated to play two more games on the weekend, but both were cancelled due to inclement weather.
Patriots’ senior Megan Blank paces the team a .364 batting average, while Christina Gabriele (1.00) and Casey Herring (1.47) each boast ERAs under 2.00.
The Scarlet Knights’ game against Rider marks the 46th meeting between the two schools and first since 2009. The Broncs travel to Virginia after posting a 1-3 record at the Hampton Inn Pirate Classic, with their most recent contest resulting in an 8-0 loss to Ohio University.
A trio of underclassmen in Allysen Breeden (sophomore), Amanda Irving (sophomore) and Dana Sensi (freshman) spearhead the Rider bats, as all three are hitting .300 or better through four games.
Cornell, which finished second in the Ivy League’s South Division last season, will see its first action of 2013 at the Patriot Classic. The Big Red maintain a dangerous lineup heading into 2013, with the squad’s leading hitters, Kristen Towne and Lauren Bucolo, returning to Ithaca, N.Y., after guiding the Big Red to a 25-23 record last season. The two hit .304 and .297, respectively, combining for 10 home runs and 43 RBIs.
Cornell also enters with one of the biggest bats in the Ivy League in junior Jenny Edwards. Edwards tied for first in the conference with nine home runs last season, and finished tied for fourth with 27 RBIs.
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