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Rutgers Olympic Sports Recap

Softball had its home opener and the Big Ten recognized a few Scarlet Knights for their on field exploits.

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it was not an auspicious start to the softball team's home opener against Hofstra.  The Pride scored in each of the first five innings, knocked the starter out, and had a 6-2 lead going into the bottom of the fiftth.

Then the fun started.

After a walk for sophomore Rebecca Hall and a bunt single for Melanie Slowinski, Elizabeth Adams, who homered in the second, registered an RBI single to send both runners in and cut into the deficit 6-4.  In the bottom of the sixth, Adams capitalized on a loaded bases situation posting her third hit of the game to send in her fourth RBI. Junior Carly Todd followed with a walk to force in the tying run, setting the score at 6-6.  Senior Melanie Slowinski completed the come-from-behind victory for Rutgers with a walk-off RBI single to claim the 7-6 victory.

The Knights improve to 15-16 and open Big Ten play this weekend against Penn State.

Upcoming schedule

03/25/16 vs. Penn State * RU Softball Complex 3:00 p.m. ET
03/26/16 vs. Penn State * RU Softball Complex 1:00 p.m. ET
03/27/16 vs. Penn State * RU Softball Complex 12:00 p.m. ET

Swimming & Diving

Junior Alyssa Black collected Honorable Mention All-America accolades in 3-meter diving at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday afternoon in Atlanta, Ga.  Black finished eighth in the consolation final (16th overall) in the 3-meter diving event to earn her first All-America designation. This weekend was also her first NCAA appearance of her career.

Gymnastics

Growth.  It isn't always measured in wins and losses. Such is the case with gymnastics which, while not winning in the Big Ten Champioships, continues to improve with scores.  And with three athletes moving on in competition.

After scoring a 9.875 on floor exercise at the Big Ten Championships, freshman Riahanah Ali earned a spot on the All-Championship Team. Her mark tied for first place in the opening session of the competition held Saturday at Nebraska. The number helped the Scarlet Knights to a 49.000 team score in the second rotation, attaining that total the last four outings.

Women's Lacrosse

The team is 2-7 with one more non-con game left before they travel to Penn State for the Big Ten opener next week.

Men's Lacrosse

The Knights are 6-2, but fell out of the top 20 after two consecutive losses.  But on the positive side, and of particular note, is the fact that individual players continue to receive recognition by the Big Ten.

RU's final non-conference matchup is this Saturday when it hosts Delaware.

Results and upcoming schedule

3/18/16 vs. NJIT Piscataway, N.J. W, 16-3
3/26/16 vs. Delaware Piscataway, N.J. 7:00 p.m. ET
4/02/16 vs. Johns Hopkins * Piscataway, NJ 7:00 p.m. ET

Baseball

Playing three teams from Florida at the start of your season is a mixed bag.  You're playing teams that are generally pretty good because of the training conditions they have.  The three teams - Miami 15-5, Florida Atlantic 15-4, FGCU 11-11 (okay, one clinker) are a combined 41-20.  The Knights are back to northeast baseball, going into today's game at Rider with an 8-10 record. They are coming off a 10-3 win over the weekend against NJIT.  Easter weekend sees the Knights opening Big Ten play on the road at Michigan State.

Track & Field

Rutgers' Gabrielle Farquharson has been named the Big Ten Women's Track Athlete of the Week it was announced on Wednesday by the conference office.  Farquharson kicked off the outdoor season last weekend with two Rutgers records and three event victories at the Bulls Invitational hosted by USF.

In the 100m, Farquharson raced to a time of 11.39, resetting the former Rutgers record of 11.54 set by Asha Ruth in 2014 also at the Bulls Invite.  The four-time Rutgers All-American also reset the Scarlet Knight benchmark in the 200m with a first place time of 23.35. Farquharson held the previous record of 23.62 set at the 2014 ECAC Championships.

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