Rutgers Doubleheader Closes Out 2013 Season
May 1, 2013
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette's 2013 softball season came to an end on Wednesday afternoon when Rutgers swept a doubleheader, 8-0 and 7-0 on a sunny day at Metzgar Fields.
In game one, Rutgers (29-24) scored five runs in the first two innings and pulled away for an 8-0 victory in five frames.
The Scarlet Knights took command with four runs in the second. Elizabeth Adams singled home a run and Jackie Bates (double) and Alexis Durando (double) combined to knock in three more for the 5-0 lead after two.
Rutgers sent nine batters to the plate in the fifth to put the game out of reach. Bates drove in her third and fourth runs of the game with a single through the right side of the infield. Durando (3-for-3) plated her third run with a sac fly to push the final to 8-0.
The Lafayette offense mustered three hits (Brittany Paul, Jordan Parsons and Stephanie Schreiber) against Rutgers' starter Alyssa Landrith (16-14) who struck out one and walked two in five innings. Lafayette starter Melissa Robinson (9-21) gave up eight runs (7 earned) on 12 hits with six walks and a strikeout.
Game two was more of the same solid pitching for the Scarlet Knights, as starter Abbey Houston held Lafayette to three hits (Paul, Parsons and Bryn Gornick) in a 7-0 final.
Rutgers scored all the offense it needed in the fourth. Jordan Whitley (double) and Melanie Slowinski (single) both brought home runs with a hit and Jennifer Harabedian used a groundout for the first run of the inning. Rutgers led 3-0.
Rutgers placed nine hitters in the batter's box in the seventh inning, scoring four runs on two hits with three Leopard errors. Chandler Howard and Harabedian each clocked RBI-singles as the Scarlet Knights stretched the final margin to 7-0.
Houston (3-5) claimed her third win of the season, allowing three hits on three walks and three strikeouts. Gornick (2-16) took the loss after giving up seven runs, only three of which were earned, on nine hits with a walk.
Lafayette, which finishes the season with an 11-43 mark, will lose just two seniors to graduation.