PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 5, 2013) – The Rutgers softball team dropped its season finale, 6-3, to Pittsburgh Sunday afternoon at the RU Softball Complex. With the loss and a win by Seton Hall over Georgetown, the Pirates obtained the No. 8 and final seed for the BIG EAST Championships, set for May 9-11 in Tampa, Fla.
Seton Hall (21-29, 8-13) has the same number of conference wins as the Scarlet Knights (30-26, 8-14), Connecticut (26-27, 8-14) and Pittsburgh (19-29, 8-14), but advances by virtue of its .381 winning percentage since it has one fewer loss.
All the other teams own conference percentages of .363 since they played 22 conference games in 2013.
Freshman righthander Dresden Maddox (Kennesaw, Ga.) started the ballgame and took the loss. She went 1.1 innings, allowing three hits, four earned runs and two walks while recording two strikeouts.
Sophomore Alysaa Landrith (Vacaville, Calif.) tossed 5.2 innings in relief of Maddox, allowing eight hits and two runs – none earned – in the no decision. She struck out four batters in the contest, setting a new single-season strikeouts record with 192. Leah Black (191) held the previous mark since the 2001 season.
Senior Loren Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.) also broke into the RU record books on Sunday afternoon. She tied former standout Brittney Lindley (62) for the third-most hits in a single season. Lindley recorded the 62 hits during the 2011 season.
Freshman Melanie Slowinski (Severn, Md.) made it a 4-3 ballgame in the fourth inning with a bloop single down the right field line. The hit scored junior Alexis Durando (Oakland, N.J.) and put the Scarlet Knights in position to tie the contest with three innings remaining.
But Pitt responded in the top of the seventh inning with a pair of hits, taking advantage of an RU error to score two insurance runs and take a 6-3 lead. Pitt pitcher Savannah King, who entered the game in fourth inning, walked sophomore Ashley Alden (Ivyland, Pa.) to start the inning, but retired the next three batters to seal the Panthers victory.
RU cut the Panthers lead in half with one swing of the bat in the second inning, as Alden took the offering from Alexa Larkin deep over the right field wall for a two-run home run – her fourth of the season.
The Scarlet Knights (30-26, 8-14) faced an early deficit to the Panthers, as Pitt scored four runs in the second inning to take a 4-0 lead. Catcher Kathryn Duran walked to plate the first run of the inning before Tori Nirschl singled to right field to plate two more and give Pitt a 3-0 lead. A groundout allowed the fourth run to score, making it 4-0 after two and a half.
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