Raptors stretch winning streak to 13
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (March 30, 2013) – The Rutgers University-Camden softball team scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to win the nightcap and sweep New Jersey City University, 5-4 and 5-1, here Saturday in the first New Jersey Athletic Conference doubleheader of the season for both teams.
Rutgers-Camden, which stretched its winning streak to 13 games, improves to 16-3 overall and 2-0 in the NJAC.
The winning streak, which started on the Scarlet Raptors’ spring break trip March 17, is the fifth-longest string in program history. Two Rutgers-Camden teams for the third-longest streaks, at 14 straight wins: the 2002 squad (March 19-Aprl 4) and the 2004 team (March 13-30).
New Jersey City falls to 9-8 and 0-2.
Rutgers-Camden returns to NJAC action Tuesday, hosting Ramapo College in a 3 p.m. doubleheader.
Rutgers-Camden 5, NJCU 4
The Scarlet Raptors grabbed a 5-0 lead in the middle of the third inning and weathered a four-run Gothic Knight bottom of the third before both teams were held scoreless the rest of the way.
Senior Ashleigh Johnson (Bordentown, NJ/Bordentown Regional) raised her record to 9-1 with an eight-hitter, allowing three walks and four earned runs for the Raptors. She struck out six.
NJCU senior Ashley O’Beirne (Wood-Ridge, NJ/Immaculate Conception) took the loss with a seven-hitter, walking two and striking out eight. O’Beirne (9-6) allowed five runs, only four of them earned.
Rutgers-Camden scored three times in the first inning following a walk to senior centerfielder Jackie Leafey (Gloucester City, NJ/Gloucester City) and a bunt single by freshman second baseman Cait Eltzholtz (Bellmawr, NJ/Gloucester Catholic). They both advanced on an infield throwing error on the bunt and Leafey scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman third baseman Katie Larson (Delran, NJ/Delran). A single by freshman designated player Sam Shockey (Deptford, NJ/Deptford) scored Eltzholtz. After an error on a fielder’s choice and a single by senior shortstop Courtney Ray (Gloucester City, NJ/Miami Palmetto, FL) loaded the bases, senior catcher Christina Tamburrino (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) delivered the second sacrifice fly of the frame.
The Scarlet Raptors added single runs in the second, on a RBI single by Larson, and the third, on a leadoff home run to center by senior first baseman Kaitlyn Gaskill (Pennsville, NJ/Pennsville Memorial).
NJCU made it a tight game with a four-run third on a walk, four singles and an error. Johnson, however, scattered three hits over the next four shutout innings to post the win.
Gaskill went 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI for the Scarlet Raptors, including her third home run of the year.
Freshman rightfielder Thalia Garcia (Ridgefield, NJ/North Bergen) went 3-for-4 to pace NJCU.
Rutgers-Camden 5, NJCU 1
Down to their last two outs on the short end of a three-hit, 1-0 shutout by O’Beirne, the Scarlet Raptors’ bats suddenly exploded in the top of the seventh inning. Before the dust cleared, Rutgers-Camden led, 5-1, and Shockey shut down the Gothic Knights in the bottom of the seventh to raise her record to 6-2 with a three-hitter.
Ray got the Raptors’ big inning started with a one-out double down the left field line. Tamburrino was hit by a pitch – extending her career record to 28 – and both advanced on a wild pitch. Junior designated player Gabby Colon (Buena, NJ/Buena Regional) followed with a two-run double to left center and freshman Steph Carfagno (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill West) ran for her. Freshman leftfielder Lindsay Day (Mays Landing, NJ/Oakcrest) had an infield single and Leafey followed with an RBI single to left field, with Day and Leafey advancing on a throwing error. Senior Brittany Sullivan (West Deptford, NJ/Gloucester Catholic) followed with a pinch-hit RBI double to left field.
The big frame wiped on the Gothic Knights’ 1-0 lead, which came on a RBI single in the second by senior shortstop Gabrielle Rivera (Teaneck, NJ/Saint Joseph of the Palisades).
Shockey walked three and struck out three in her three-hitter, allowing the one earned run. O’Beirne finished with an eight-hitter, one walk, four strikeouts and five earned runs.
Colon went 2-for-3 with two RBIs as the only player with multiple hits. She went 3-for-4 in the doubleheader.