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Raptors split softball doubleheader at Montclair State


Devon Welsh
Devon Welsh...5-for-6 in the twinbill

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MONTCLAIR, N.J. – Senior left fielder Devon Welsh (Maple Shade, NJ/Audubon) went 5-for-6 with two runs and three RBIs and junior third baseman Katie Larson (Delran, NJ/Delran) went 5-for-8 with three doubles, one run and three RBIs as the Rutgers University-Camden softball team split a New Jersey Athletic Conference doubleheader at Montclair State University here Saturday.

The Red Hawks won the opening game, 6-2, while the Raptors bounced back for a six-inning 11-2 victory in the nightcap.

Rutgers-Camden stands at 16-6-1 overall and 7-3 in the NJAC, while Montclair State is 7-15 and 1-7.

The Raptors return to action Tuesday when they host NJAC leader Rowan University, the nation's fifth-ranked team, in a 3 p.m. doubleheader. Rowan owns a 7-2 mark in the NJAC and a 25-2 mark overall.
Montclair State 6, Rutgers-Camden 2
In the opening game, three Raptor errors led to three unearned runs off junior Brittany Scott (Buena, NJ/Buena Regional) as the Red Hawks posted their first conference win of the season.

Rutgers-Camden took a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning when sophomore right fielder Jalene Garcia (Vineland, NJ/Vineland) walked, stole second, advanced on a ground out and scored on a double by Larson.

Montclair State countered with two in the bottom of the frame following a leadoff double by sophomore center fielder Lauren Guillen (Secaucus, NJ/Secaucus) and a bunt single by freshman second baseman Noel Hodgins (Paramus, NJ/Paramus). After Hodgins stole second, junior pitcher Brooke Powers (Newton, NJ/Pope John XXIII) helped her own cause with a two-run single to left.

After Rutgers-Camden tied the game in the top of the fourth, the Red Hawks scored a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the frame to take the lead for good. Both were singled home by senior catcher Melany Zeller (Bloomfield, NJ/Bloomfield).

Guillen had three of the 11 hits Montclair State collected off Scott (12-5), who hurled all six innings, allowing six runs (three earned) and two walks. She struck out five.

Powers (5-10) allowed seven hits, two walks and two earned runs, while fanning three. Welsh and freshman shortstop Mackenzie Mason (Carneys Point, NJ/Penns Grove) both went 2-for-3 for Rutgers-Camden.
Rutgers-Camden 11, Montclair State 2
The second game started in similar fashion, with the Scarlet Raptors getting one run and allowing two in the opening inning. Things changed in a big way, however, as Rutgers-Camden tied the game in the second inning on a RBI single by Welsh and exploded for nine runs over the final three innings.

The Raptors took the lead for good with a two-run fourth inning, sparked by a one-out double by freshman catcher Samantha Sandridge (Friendswood, TX/Friendswood). With two outs, Welsh was hit by a pitch and Garcia singled to load the bases. Freshman second baseman Taylor Nichols(Barrington, NJ/Haddon Heights) reached on an infield error that scored two unearned runs.

Welsh made it a 6-2 game with a two-run single in the fifth inning before the Raptors scored five times in the sixth.

Rutgers-Camden collected six hits in its big inning, sparked by a leadoff single from Nichols. She scored on a Larson double and Mason plated Larson with a two-out single. A double by Sandridge drove home Mason. Freshman designated player Katie Gurba (Westampton, NJ/Holy Cross) was hit by a pitch and Welsh singled to load the bases. A walk to Garcia forced home another run before Nichols capped the scoring with a RBI single.

For the game, Larson went 4-for-4 with one run and two RBIs, while Welsh went 3-for-3 with one run and three RBIs. Sandridge was 3-for-4 with three runs and one RBI and Nichols went 3-for-5 with two runs and one RBI.

Scott (13-5) tossed another complete game, allowing only three hits, one walk and two runs, one of them unearned. She stuck out five.

Powers (5-11) also had a complete game, allowing 17 hits and 11 runs, nine of them earned. She walked two and fanned two.

Welsh's doubleheader performance extended her hitting streak to seven games, with six of them coming this week as she hit .684 (13-for-19) with six runs, seven RBIs, two doubles and a home run. She added three stolen bases, a .947 slugging percentage and a .700 on-base percentage during the Raptors' three doubleheaders from Tuesday through Saturday.
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