CLEARWATER, FLA. (March 19, 2016) - Rutgers softball split its games on day two at the USF Spring Break Tournament, falling to Maine and topping Chattanooga. After suffering a 5-0 loss to the Black Bears, the Scarlet Knights bounced back by run ruling the Mocs for an 8-0 victory.
Rutgers improved to an overall mark of 13-16, while Maine improved to a record of 7-9 overall and Chattanooga dropped to 15-15 overall.
GAME ONE - RUTGERS VS. MAINE - PDF Rutgers dropped its contest to Maine by a score of 5-0
Junior Shayla Sweeney (Barrington, N.J.) suffered the loss for Rutgers, dropping to a 4-3 record on the season. Meanwhile, Maine's Molly Flowers earned a complete game win to move to 4-4.
Freshman Nicolette Anico (Liberty County, Fla.) matched her career-high for the fourth time this season with a team-best two hits in the loss. Senior Jordan Whitley (Clayton, Del.) also contributed a hit, while classmate Stephanie Huang (Paramus, N.J.) registered a career-high three walks.
Maddie Decker led the Black Bears with three RBIs, while Rachel Harvey led the team with three hits in the win.
Following a scoreless first inning, junior Bridget Carr (Pequannock, N.J.) and senior Elizabeth Adams (Crystal Lake, Ill.) drew back-to-back walks in the top of the second to put two runners on. However, the Scarlet Knights were unable to bring a run in.
Despite Maine's Harvey leading off with a hit, Sweeney induced a pop up to end the frame with a Black Bear runner left on.
A walk for Huang and a hit for Whitley put two Scarlet Knights on to start the third, however, the RU offense struggled to bring the runs in.
Maine responded with three runs on four hits in the bottom of the third to take a 3-0 lead in the game. Sweeney forced a groundout to strand two other Black Bears on to prevent any further damage.
In the bottom of the fourth, the game entered a three hour rain delay due to lightning.
After play resumed, the Black Bears added on two hits, but Sweeney induced a groundout to end the frame and strand both runners on.
Despite Huang leading off the fifth with her third walk of the game, the RU bats remained silent with the deficit at 3-0.
Maine would tack on runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings, including a home run for Derrick in the sixth to set the game's final margin at 5-0.
GAME TWO - RUTGERS VS. CHATTANOOGA - PDF
Behind a six-run inning in the third, Rutgers run-ruled Chattanooga, 8-0, in five innings.
Senior Dresden Maddox (Kennesaw, Ga.) pitched a complete game to earn the shutout (5-5), while Chattanooga's C Jennings suffered the loss (5-3)
Four Scarlet Knights posted two hits in the contest, led by Jordan Whitley with a 2-for-2 performance to go with a walk and two runs. Classmate Stephanie Huang registered a team-high three RBIs in the win.
Three different Mocs combined for the teams three hit total, including Alyssa Taylor, Jordan Fortel and Criket Blanco.
Rutgers added the game's first run in the top of the first, as sophomore Sierra Maddox (Kennesaw, Ga.) posted an RBI single to send classmate Rebecca Hall (Fairfax, Va.) home and give RU a 1-0 lead.
Although Fortel would add a two-out single, the Scarlet Knights would catch her in attempt to steal second to end the inning.
After a scoreless second inning for either side, Rutgers broke the game open in the top of the third with six runs on four hits. After back-to-back hits for Hall and Slowinski, Maddox reached on a sacrifice bunt to send Hall home. Whitley added a single of her own to send another run in, extending the RU lead to 3-0.
The Scarlet Knight bats remained hot as junior Carly Todd (Deptford, N.J.) added a single to send two more runs in. Huang wrapped up the rally with a double to left center to send in another two runs and push the RU lead to 7-0.
Dresden Maddox backed up the offensive performance with a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the third to keep the lead intact.
As Maddox held the edge at 7-0 after the fourth inning, stranding a Moc on base, Whitley drew a walk to lead off the fifth. Huang then sent her in with an RBI single to cushion the RU lead, 8-0.
Although Chattanooga would lead off the bottom half of the inning, Dresden Maddox posted a strikeout and induced a groundout for the game's final two outs to seal the shutout.
Rutgers concludes its weekend at the USF Spring Break Tournament and its week-long trip with a matchup against Quinnipiac. First pitch is set for 9 a.m. ET.
- With the 8-0 win over Maine, Rutgers registered its fourth shutout of the season. The Scarlet Knights also blanked Alcorn State (10-0), North Carolina Central (6-0), and Massachusetts (6-0).
- Dresden Maddox posted the 15th complete game of her career and fourth shutout of her time "On the Banks."
- Stephanie Huang registered a career-high three walks against Maine.
- Nicolette Anico matched a career-high for the fourth time this season with two hits against Maine.
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