PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 20, 2013) – The Rutgers University softball team hits the road for a midweek nonconference game on Wednesday, March 20 when it takes on Dartmouth in Tampa, Fla., at 4:30 p.m. Over the weekend, RU will play a double header with USF for its first set of conference games. The Scarlet Knights are set to take on the Bulls Saturday, Mar. 23 and Sunday Mar. 24 at 1p.m.
The Scarlet Knights (12-9, 0-0 BIG EAST) enter the neutral site matchup on a five-game win streak after a trip to Clearwater, Fla., for the USF Invitational last week. Over the weekend, RU dominated a Florida A&M squad, as senior shortstop Ashley Bragg (Middletown, Del.) and junior first baseman Alexis Durando (Oakland, N.J.) each scored in two runs apiece. Four Florida A&M errors in the fifth inning would hand RU four runs, which would prove to be the game.
Before the win over the Lady Rattlers, the Scarlet Knights took a 15-6 victory over the Boston College Eagles, as they blasted seven runs in the first two innings, following the outburst with five in the third. Junior outfielder Loren Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.) notched four runs, including two home runs in the first two innings. Sophomore Chandler Howard (Wilmington, Del.) contributed three runs on the day, and went a perfect three-for-three at the plate.
Entering the game, Williams currently leads the offense and is batting .366 with a team-best 26 hits. She has 17 runs and leads the team with four home runs.
Last year’s BIG EAST Rookie of the Year Alyssa Landrith (Vacaville, Calif.) leads with a 7-6 record and a 1.61 ERA, having pitched 74.0 innings and thrown 74 strikes.
The Dartmouth (8-5) squad is coming off a 4-0 win over Maryland and is behind sophomore pitcher Kristen Rumley who posted a 3-0 record in the USF Invitational last week. Rumley threw 19 innings, allowing no runs on 10 hits and posted 20 strikes.
RU will kick off conference action with USF who currently sits with a 21-10 record. The Bulls have won 15-straight games after going 4-0 at the USF Invitational. The exceptional defense has allowed not a single run in the last six games and the USF offense posts five players over .300, led by Kourtney Salvarola who is hitting .370 with 17 runs and 27 hits. Sarah Nevins leads the Bulls pitchers with a 0.95 ERA and a 9-4 record. In 88.1 innings pitched, she has 103 strikeouts while allowing just 20 runs and only 12 of those earned.