Softball Splits Twinbill with Rutgers; Loses 2-0 in Opener, Uses Longball For 14-6 Nightcap Victory

Softball Splits Twinbill with Rutgers; Loses 2-0 in Opener, Uses Longball For 14-6 Nightcap Victory

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AMBLER, Pa. – The Temple softball team hosted Rutgers University for a pair of American Athletic Conference games on Saturday, April 12, dropping the opener, 2-0, before rebounding for a 14-6 victory in the nightcap. The two teams will square off in the rubber match at 12 p.m. Sunday, April 13.
 
A two-run third inning was all the visitors would need in the first game. With runners on the corners, the Scarlet Knights' Jackie Bates (2-for-3) stepped in and hit an RBI single to right centerfield to give her squad the 1-0 lead. Alexis Durando (1-for-3) followed that with a single up the middle that drove in the runner from second and made it a 2-0 contest.
 
The Owls were not without opportunities, leaving a runner on in four of the last five innings. But the solid pitching from Alyssa Landrith (12-5) kept the hosts off balance and off the board. Landrith picked up the win, allowing just two hits, walking three and striking out nine. Kelsey Dominik (7-7) went the distance in the loss, giving up 10 hits, two runs, one walk and three strikeouts.
 
While the opener was a lot of small ball, the nightcap was the total opposite with 11 of the combined 24 hits going for extra bases, including six homeruns. TU got things started in the bottom of the first with three runs off of three hits. Sarah Prezioso (3-for-3) led off with a single and Toni Santos (1-for-3) doubled to put both runners in scoring position. After a Leah Lucas (1-for-3) sacrifice fly plated Prezioso, Dominik (3-for-3) stepped into the box and sent a 1-0 pitch over the left field fence to make it 3-0.
 
The Scarlet Knights got one of those back when Alexis Durando (1-for-2) led off the second with a solo shot to left, but the Cherry & White came back to score twice in the bottom of the frame to build their lead to 5-1. Those runs came on a two-run blast from Prezioso over the centerfield wall.
 
Rutgers would not go quietly, however, and the visitors tied the game at 5-5 with four runs on four hits in its half of the third. And again, the Owls responded, this time with three runs in the bottom of the frame to take an 8-5 advantage. A Marcopolus three-run homer off the scoreboard in left center was the big hit of the inning.
 
Both teams were held off the board in the fourth, and after TU starting pitcher Amanda Gatt (4-3) gave up a leadoff homer, walk and single with one out in the fifth, Kylie Kristovich came on in relief. The senior did the job, getting the final two outs of the inning to help her team carry an 8-6 edge into the bottom of the fifth.
 
With one out and two on by way of walk, Prezioso delivered again with an RBI single up the middle. When the next batter was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Aubrie Levine came in to replace reliever Shayla Sweeney (5-8, 2.2 IP, 7H, 7R, 3BB, 4K). Levine was greeted by a two-run double from Lucas before walking Dominik and giving up an RBI single to Kaylyn Zierke (2-for-4), staking Temple to a 12-6 lead. At that point, starter Dresden Maddox returned to try to get her squad out of the inning.
 
Maddox (2.0 IP, 5H, 5R, 1BB, 3K) got a quick out on an infield fly, but Brooklin White (2-for-4) then singled in a run to make it 13-6 and put the Owls one run away from ending the game via mercy rule. With the bases loaded, Devynne Nelons (0-for-1) was patient enough to work the count full and draw a walk to bring in the game-winning run.
 
The Owls move to 12-19 overall, 2-6 in conference play. Rutgers is 19-14, 3-5 AAC.
 
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