Gaskill's GW single sparks Raptor sweep
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (March 21, 2013) – The Rutgers University-Camden softball team took advantage of a pair of errors in the bottom of the seventh inning and senior first baseman Kaitlyn Gaskill (Pennsville, NJ/Pennsville Memorial) singled home an unearned run to give the Scarlet Raptors a 5-4 victory over Division II Clarion University in the opening game of a Snowbird Invitational doubleheader Thursday morning.
The Raptors completed the sweep with a 4-2 victory in the second game.
The victories extended the Scarlet Raptors’ winning streak to seven games and hiked their record to 10-3.
The Golden Eagles fell to 3-3 after entering the doubleheader with a three-game winning streak.
The Scarlet Raptors close their trip to the Snowbird Invitational Friday with a revised schedule. They play Division II Mansfield University (Mansfield, Penn.) in an 8:30 a.m. contest and then have added another game later, playing the University of Minnesota-Morris at 12:30 p.m.
Rutgers-Camden 5, Clarion 4
Freshman leftfielder Katie Larson (Delran, NJ/Delran) took advantage of a second opportunity leading off the bottom of the seventh of a 4-4 tie. After her foul pop was dropped for an error, she singled to center field. Freshman designated player Sam Shockey (Deptford, NJ/Deptford) followed with a single to right and Larson advanced to third, aided by an error by the Clarion third baseman on the throw. Gaskill followed with the game-winning single to center field.
The Scarlet Raptors’ rally overcame a big four-run second inning that gave Clarion an early 4-0 lead. The Golden Eagles sent 10 batters to the plate – with the same player opening and closing the inning on fly outs to center field. In between, they scored four unearned runs on one error, two walks and three hits against Raptor senior Ashleigh Johnson (Bordentown, NJ/Bordentown Regional).
The Raptors started chipping away with a run in the bottom of the second on three hits, including a double by Gaskill and an infield RBI single by senior catcher Christina Tamburrino (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown).
Rutgers-Camden added two runs in the fifth on a pair of walks and a two-run single by Shockey. The Raptors tied the game in the sixth with an unearned run when senior centerfielder Jackie Leafey (Gloucester City, NJ/Gloucester City) doubled and came around to score on an infield error.
Shockey and Gaskill led the Raptors’ nine-hit attack with two hits apiece. Shockey had two RBIs, while Gaskill had one RBI and scored one run.
Johnson allowed nine hits and four unearned runs in raising her record to 6-1. She walked three and fanned six.
Rutgers-Camden 4, Clarion 2
As they did in the first game, the Golden Eagles scored all of their runs in one inning to take the lead – this time with a two-run third – before the Scarlet Raptors rallied to win.
Rutgers-Camden bounced back with a three-run fourth inning to take the lead for good, sparked by Gaskill’s leadoff single to left field. She advanced to second on a wild pitch and freshman leftfielder Lindsay Day (Mays Landing Oakcrest) drew a walk. Both runners advanced on another wild pitch and junior catcher Gabby Colon (Buena, NJ/Buena Regional) delivered one run with a sacrifice fly to center field. The second run scored on an error by the Clarion centerfielder. Senior Brittany Sullivan (West Deptford, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) followed with a home run to center field, giving the Raptors a 3-2 lead.
Rutgers-Camden added an insurance run in the fifth when Leafey walked, stole second and scored on a double by winning pitcher Shockey. Shockey worked 6-1/3 innings with a pair of stints on the mound sandwiched around two-thirds of an inning by Sullivan.
Shockey (4-2) allowed three hits, two walks and two runs – only one earned – while striking out three.
Shockey went 2-for-3 with one RBI to lead the Raptors’ six-hit attack. Sullivan added the solo home run, the first round-tripper of her two-year Rutgers-Camden career. She played her first two seasons at Gloucester County College.