Hampton, VA- Two big innings for Rutgers led the Scarlet Knights to a 15-3 victory over the Brown University softball team in the first game of the second day of the Lady Pirate Classic at Hampton University. The Bears took on Central Connecticut State University in game two, but due to darkness it ended in a 2-2 tie.
Against the Scarlet Knights, Rutgers jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the top of the first, but the Bears were able to tally three of their own in the bottom of the inning. Freshman Jen Kries started off the inning with a single up the middle, and Danie Palms advanced Kries on a sacrifice bunt. With two outs, the Bears rallied as Kristi Munoz walked and junior Alyssa Caplan blasted a three-run homerun over the left-center fence.
Rutgers earned another run in the top of the second when M Messina hit a sacrifice fly to left field scoring senior Danielle Procopio. The Bears did not respond, and were held scoreless for the remainder of the game while Rutgers scored two more runs in the sixth and tallied six in the seventh to earn the win.
Junior pitcher Noelle Sisco received the win at the mound pitching five innings and allowing just three runs on six hits.
Senior pitcher Kristie Chin received the loss on the mound, giving up seven runs on 11 hits in five innings. Chin faced 29 batters and struck out four. Freshman Maegan Sloggett came in for relief in the sixth inning, and faced 12 batters. Rutgers scored eight runs, five of which were earned, on six hits.
The Bears got on the scoreboard early in game two against the Blue Devils, scoring two runs in the top first. Kries started off the inning with a single up the middle and the Bears rallied again with two outs when Caplan earned a walk and Munoz hit an RBI single. Then, Sloggett smoked a single up the middle to bring home Caplan to add the second run of the inning to the scoreboard
Chin pitched a solid game for the Bears and held CCSU hitless up until the final inning. The Blue Devils got their bats rolling and came up with two runs to tie the game. The tie-breaker rule was not used due to darkness.
Freshman Julie Marks pitched all seven innings for CCSU, allowing just two runs on seven hits. She struck out three Brown batters and walked just two.