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CAMDEN, N.J. (March 27, 2013) – Senior centerfielder Jackie Leafey (Gloucester City, NJ/Gloucester City) raced home from second base with the winning run on a ground out in the bottom of the seventh inning in the opening game and the Rutgers University-Camden softball team stretched its winning streak to 11 games in the nightcap as it swept past Immaculata University, 3-2 and 6-2, in a non-conference doubleheader here Wednesday night.

Jackie Leafey...three hits, winning run in opener and stretches hitting streak to nine games in nightcap

The doubleheader was the home opener for the Scarlet Raptors, who improved to 14-3 and tied the fifth-longest winning streak in program history, accomplished from March 13-April 3, 2007.

Immaculata, which had won five of its previous seven games, fell to 8-9.

Both teams return to conference play in their next doubleheader. Rutgers-Camden opens its New Jersey Athletic Conference schedule Saturday at 1 p.m. when it visits New Jersey City University. Immaculata, which is 5-0 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference, plays at CSAC foe Keystone College Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Game 1

Rutgers-Camden 3, Immaculata 2
With the score tied at 2-2, Leafey led off the bottom of the seventh with a single for her third hit of the game. She was sacrificed to second base by the Raptors’ freshman second baseman Cait Eltzholtz (Bellmawr, NJ/Gloucester Catholic), who had three sacrifices in the doubleheader. Freshman third baseman Katie Larson (Delran, NJ/Delran)followed with a grounder to second base that was slightly bobbled, but thrown to first in time for the putout. Leafey, never stopping, steamed all the way home with the winning run on the play.

The Scarlet Raptors had to rally late to overcome the pitching of Immaculata junior Meagan Fitzgerald (Saylorsburg, PA/Pleasant Valley), who took a six-hit shutout and a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning. In that frame, senior first baseman Kaitlyn Gaskill (Pennsville, NJ/Pennsville Memorial) drew a one-out walk and freshman Steph Carfagno (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill West) came in as a pinch-runner. One out later, senior catcher Christina Tamburrino (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) was hit by a pitch, extending her program career record to 27. Junior Gabby Colon (Buena, NJ/Buena Regional) followed with a pinch-hit RBI double down the right field line, and Tamburrino caught the Mighty Macs off guard on the play by swiping home to tie the game.

Cait Eltzholtz...three hits in nightcap, 4-for-5 with three sacrifices in doubleheader

Christina Tamburrino...2-for-2, one run in the opener

Those runs offset a couple of unearned runs that Immaculata scored off Raptor senior Ashleigh Johnson (Bordentown, NJ/Bordentown Regional)in the fourth and fifth innings. They scored in the fourth on a RBI single by junior third baseman Jenny Barnholt (Glen Mills, PA/Garnet Valley). She plated junior leftfielder Danielle Palmisano (Tobyhanna, PA/Pocono Mt. East), who had struck out and reached on a passed ball.

Immaculata added its second run in the fifth on a single, a sacrifice and an infield throwing error.

For the game, Leafey went 3-for-4 with one run, while Tamburrino was 2-for-2 with a run for Rutgers-Camden.

Sophomore designated player Samantha Strickland (Hazlet, NJ/Raritan)went 2-for-3 for the Mighty Macs.

Johnson (8-1) hurled a six-hitter, allowing two walks and the two unearned runs. She struck out seven.

Fitzgerald (7-4) allowed eight hits and three earned runs in her 6-2/3 inning complete game. She walked one and struck out six.

Game 2

Rutgers-Camden 6, Immaculata 2
Freshman pitcher Sam Shockey (Deptford, NJ/Deptford) raised her record to 5-2 with a four-hitter, scattering seven walks and striking out six for Rutgers-Camden. Both runs off Shockey were unearned.
Sam Shockey...raised record to 5-2Katie Larson...2-for-3, one run, one RBI in Game Two

Rutgers-Camden broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run third inning, aided by three hits – two of them infield hits off Immaculata senior pitcher Nicole Curcione (Somers Point, NJ/Our Lady of Mercy Academy) – and a two-out, two-run throwing error. Senior shortstop Courtney Ray (Gloucester City, NJ/Miami Palmetto, FL) had an infield RBI single in the frame.

For the game, Eltzholtz went 3-for-3 with two runs, while Larson was 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI. Leafey added one hit to stretch her hitting streak to nine games.

Strickland went 2-for-4 with one RBI for Immaculata. Curcione (5-2) hurled a nine-hitter, with three walks and six runs (three earned). She didn’t have a strikeout.