FAIRFAX, Va. (March 2, 2013) – The Rutgers softball team fell, 3-0, to George Mason in its second game of a Saturday doubleheader after recording a 10-0 win over Rider earlier in the afternoon at the George Mason Softball Complex. The Scarlet Knights (4-4) recorded three hits in the contest and were held scoreless for the first time this season.
Sophomore lefthander Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville, Calif.) went the distance for the third time this season. She struck out seven and allowed only one earned run in the loss.
RU threatened late in the contest, putting runners on second and third with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. But GMU’s Stephanie Maher forced senior Ashley Bragg (Middletown, Del.) into a groundout to escape the inning, and shut the door on the Scarlet Knights’ in the seventh to earn George Mason its first victory ever against Rutgers.
The Scarlet Knights’ offense exploded against Rider, scoring five runs in the first inning en route to a 10-0 victory. Freshman righthander Dresden Maddox earned her first career victory in the contest, as RU moved above .500 for the first time this season.
Sophomore Jackie Bates (Lincroft, N.J.) posted a career game against the Broncs, going 3-3 with four RBIs with a double and a three-run home run. Junior Loren Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.), who was 3-4 with two runs, and sophomore Chandler Howard (Wilmington, Del.), who also scored two runs, launched homers in the victory as well, marking RU’s first three-home run game since May 1, 2012.
Freshman Melanie Slowinski (Severn, Md.) recorded the first multi-RBI game (two) of her career while also scoring a run.
Williams sparked the hit parade by singling to leadoff the game, before three more Scarlet Knights hit safely in the inning. RU plated three more runs in the second inning before scoring two more in the fourth inning to end the game in five.
The team’s 12 hits were a season high, as were the 10 runs.
RU closes the Patriot Classic tomorrow, when the Scarlet Knights battle Cornell (9:00 a.m.) and George Mason (11:15 a.m.) at the George Mason Softball Complex.