Lexi Fair...4-for-5 in twinbill Fair powers Raptors to sweep

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (March 20, 2013) – The spring break trip to the Snowbird Invitational is becoming a fun journey for the Rutgers University-Camden softball team.

The Scarlet Raptors raised their record to 5-0 on their trip to Myrtle Beach as they swept the University of Minnesota-Morris, 8-0 and 3-1, here Wednesday. The first game ended after five innings due to the eight-run rule.

Rutgers-Camden improved to 8-3, extending its winning streak to five games. The Scarlet Raptors also have won six of their last seven contests.

Minnesota-Morris falls to 2-6.

The Scarlet Raptors return to varsity action at the Snowbird Invitational Thursday with a 9 a.m. doubleheader against Clarion University.

Game 1
Rutgers-Camden 8, Minnesota-Morris 0

Ashleigh Johnson...raises record to 5-1Freshman rightfielder Lexi Fair (Deptford, NJ/Gloucester County Institute of Technology) sparked the Scarlet Raptors’ attack from the leadoff spot, going 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs, while also stealing one base.

Raptor senior hurler Ashleigh Johnson (Bordentown, NJ/Bordentown Regional), meanwhile, was shutting down the Cougars on two hits, hurling a no-hitter until allowing a leadoff single in the fourth inning to sophomore catcher Molly Olson (Lakeville, MN/Lakeville South). Johnson raised her record to 5-1 with her second shutout of the season, walking one and striking out three.Danielle Meng...double sparks decisive two-run rally

Rutgers-Camden scored the only runs Johnson needed with a two-run third, sparked by a leadoff double from senior third baseman Danielle Meng (Pennsauken, NJ/Pennsauken). With one out, Fair drove home Meng with a triple, and later scored on a throwing error by the Cougars’ catcher.

The Raptors exploded for six runs in the top of the fifth to give themselves the eight-run cushion. Senior centerfielder Jackie Leafey (Gloucester City, NJ/Gloucester City) sparked the big frame with a two-out triple to left and scored on a single by Fair. Freshman second baseman Cait Eltzholtz (Bellmawr, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) walked and freshman shortstop Katie Larson (Delran, NJ/Delran) followed with a two-run double. Larson scored an unearned run on an  error that would have ended the inning. Senior first baseman Kaitlyn Gaskill  (Pennsville, NJ/Pennsville Memorial) followed with a two-run home run to left field, her second round-tripper of the season.

In addition to Fair’s big game, Gaskill and Larson both went 1-for-3 with one run and two RBIs.

Game 2
Rutgers-Camden 3, Minnesota-Morris 1

Jackie Leafey...single sparks winning rallySenior Brittany Sullivan (West Deptford, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) and freshman Sam Shockey (Deptford, NJ/Deptford) combined to toss a four-hitter, alternating on the mound every two innings, as the Scarlet Raptors completed their sweep. Sullivan finished with four innings pitched, allowing four hits, one earned run and two walks, while striking out five. Shockey, who was on the mound when the Raptors broke a 1-1 tie, picked up the win to raise her record to 3-2. She hurled three shutout innings without allowing a hit, walking two and striking out two.

Rutgers-Camden scored a run in the first after Fair opened with a single and dashed to third on a single by Larson. Fair scored on a ground out by Shockey.

After the Cougars tied the game in the top of the second inning, Rutgers-Camden pulled ahead, 2-1, with a third-inning run. Leafey opened with a single, stole second and went to third on a single by Eltzholtz. Larson followed with a sacrifice fly to center field.

The Raptors’ final run came in the fourth inning, following a leadoff double by Gaskill and an infield error. One out later, senior catcher Christina Tamburrino (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) delivered a sacrifice fly to left.

With her 4-for-5 day, Fair raised her season average to .500 (11-for-22). She had three runs, two RBIs and a triple in the doubleheader.