Sloppy Fourth Leads to 14-2 Loss at Rutgers
April 18, 2014
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers scored 11 unearned runs on seven hits and three errors in the fourth inning to take a 14-2, five-inning victory over the University of Memphis softball team in game two of a doubleheader on Friday afternoon.
Memphis drops both games of the doubleheader at the Rutgers Softball Complex to fall to 19-26 overall and 3-10 in the American Athletic Conference. Rutgers improves to 21-15 and 5-6.
The Tigers took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning. Sophomore Georganna Goodwin led off the frame with a single to left. Senior Libby Goranson later drove in pinch runner Ijiah Hargrove from second on a double to left center.
Rutgers bounced back with a three-run homer in the bottom of the third inning by Chandler Howard to take the lead 3-1.
Memphis came within a run of the Scarlet Knights with a run in the top of the fourth inning to trail 3-2. Freshman Brittany Vaughn led off the inning with a single up the middle and later scored from third on a sacrifice fly to right field by senior Kelly Braman.
Rutgers sent 15 batters to the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning to complete the run-rule victory. Freshman Calli Irvin began the inning in relief of Memphis starter Christian Novak and allowed eight runs on three hits and two walks in two and a third innings. Junior Jordan Richwood finished the inning in relief and allowed three runs on four hits.
Novak (9-8) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks. Shayla Sweeney (6-8) earned the victory for Rutgers, holding Memphis to two runs on four hits with three strikeouts.
Howard went 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored for Rutgers in the win. Stephanie Huang finished 3-for-3 with two RBI and Jackie Bates drove in four runs, including a three-run double in the fourth.
Memphis and Rutgers complete the three-run series on Sunday with a single game at 10 a.m. CT/11 ET.