In its final game of the tournament, Rutgers rallied for the tying run in the seventh, then scored three runs in the eighth to give the Scarlet Knights a 4-3 win over Houston in Saturday’s second game at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge.
Trailing 1-0, Rutgers (3-6) tied the game as Christine Malito’s first collegiate hit netted her first RBI as well as her single scored Nicole Bowman. With the International Tiebreaker Rule in effect starting in the eighth, Rutgers took full advantage for three runs. A sacrifice fly by Jess Hughes plated the first run, then Rebecca Hall drilled a two-run home run down the line in right to make it 4-1.
Houston (4-3) wouldn’t go quietly as Sarah Queen’s RBI single made it 4-2. The Cougars would proceed to load the bases, and Tierrah Williams would drill a shot to center for a sacrifice fly to make it 4-3. But with two out, a lazy fly ball to left would end the game as the Scarlet Knights came out with a win.
Cambria Keefer pitched all eight innings, earning the win for Rutgers. Trystan Melancon took the loss for Houston.