Two more homeruns hit to reach mark of 20
The Netherlands National Softball Team returned to the field on Tuesday, March 18 for its next game during this years Florida-trip.
On a day with much better weather conditions than the day before, the team met Rutgers University and won 6-2.
During today's game, which started at 6 PM local time (11 PM Dutch time), the average temperature was 19 degrees Celsius (66 Fahrenheit).
The Dutch Team hit two more homeruns tonight, which came off the bats of Nathalie Timmermans and Saskia Kosterink.
With this, the Dutch Team wrote history, as the total was lifted to 20 during the trip, the first time a Dutch Team has reached this mark during a trip.
Pitchers Femke van Dusschoten (5 innings) and Lindsey Meadows (2 innings) combined on 12 strikeouts and gave up only three basehits.
Today's game was the last during this trip to be played at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, as the Orange will play its final games on three other locations.
The Dutch Team gets back into action on Wednesday.
Then, a double-header is scheduled against Saint Leo University at Saint Leo, which is a suburb in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan Area.
The first game starts at 1:00 PM (6:00 PM Dutch time).
Hereafter, the Orange squad has two more double-headers scheduled, which will be played in Winter Haven and St. Petersburg.
These are on the agenda for next Friday and Sunday respectively.
Before today's game, Rutgers University had played 18 games and won eleven of them.
The Scarlet Knights opened their season on February 14 with a double-header split at San Antonio (Texas).
The first game against Colorado State ended in a 4-2 loss, the second one against Wichita State was won with a 9-1 score.
The next day, a 5-0 shutout-win was registered vs. UTSA after the match-up vs. Oklahoma State was an 8-1 loss.
The team concluded its stay in Texas with a 10-6 win vs. Colorado State.
From Texas, the team traveled to Florida, where it played five games in Clearwater on February 21-23.
There, the team won vs. UMass (3-0) and the College of Charleston (11-3).
The team then flew cross country twice in a short period.
From Florida, it was first back home to Piscataway (New Jersey) and then off to California where a double-header was played on March 2.
In Northridge (California), the team lost twice.
The team then flew back home to the east coast and then traveled again to Florida, where it participated in the Michele Smith Spring Break Tournament on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
On these days, the Scarlet Knights played three double-headers and won all six games played during the event.
Rutgers respectively won vs. Penn State (4-3), St. Joseph's (10-2), Buffalo (4-1), Central Connecticut (6-5 in 8 innings), Quinnipiac (8-2) and UMass (10-4).
After having the day off on Monday, Rutgers ended its stay in Florida today with the game against the Dutch squad.
Rutgers now will travel to Louisvolle (Kentucky) for its next two games coming weekend.
Last season, Rutgers (or Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, what is the official name) fell just short of reaching the Big East Conference (NCAA Division I) Championship-tournament.
This season, the team plays in the American Athletic Conference, which also is a NCAA Division I.
Game vs. Rutgers
The Dutch Team briefly trailed 1-0, but then rallied for three runs in the third at bat en route to its 12th victory during this Florida-trip.
Four players in the Rutgers line-up also faced the Dutch Team two years ago in the first meeting between the two teams.
The Dutch Team then won 3-1 on March 14 in a game that was played in Tampa.
The four Rutgers-players, who also played two years ago were Juniors Jackie Bates (centerfield), Chandler Howard (leftfield) and Alyssa Landrith (pitcher) and Senior Alexis Durando (1st base).
A remarkable fact was accomplished tonight when Nathalie Timmermans (3rd inning) and Saskia Kosterink (6th inning) both homered.
Two years ago, both also homered in the first game against Rutgers.
Nathalie then homered in the second inning and Saskia also in the 6th inning, like today.
Tonight's Dutch pitchers Femke van Dusschoten and Lindsey Meadows also pitched two years ago.
Femke then started and threw one inning, followed by Lindsey, who pitched the next three innings.
The game was then completed by Mariëlle Vleugels.
Tonight, Femke threw the first five innings and Lindsey completed the game.
Initially, Rutgers opened the score in the second inning.
Lead-off hitter Gabrielle Romanowski was hit by a pitch, advanced on a sacrifice bunt with one out by Stephanie Huang and scored on a double by Danielle Demarco.
But hereafter, Femke van Dusschoten closed with a strikeout.
The Dutch Team turned the game around in the third inning by scoring three runs.
After lead-off hitter Nikki Harte grounded out on a bunt, Rutgers-starter Shayla Sweeney was relieved.
New pitcher Aubrie Levine was then greeted with a homerun by Nathalie Timmermans.
Marisèla de Wind followed with a single, but was forced out on a grounder by Chantal Versluis.
Hereafter, Alyssa Landrith became the third pitcher for Rutgers.
She gave up back-to-back singles to Merel Oosterveld and Jessie van Aalst, which brought in two runs and made it 3-1.
In the home of the 5th inning, Rutgers got one run back to narrow the deficit to 3-2.
After having retired eight batters in a row, Femke van Dusschoten gave up another double to Danielle Demarco, who was replaced by pinch-runner Carly Todd.
With two outs, Loren Williams reached on an error.
The latter then stole second base, which was followed by a throwing error (the third Dutch error this game), enabling Todd to score.
A flyout ended the inning and this would be the last run for Rutgers.
The Dutch Team then took more distance from the sixth inning on.
In the sixth, Saskia Kosterink led off with a homerun, which was the 20th during this trip for the Orange squad.
In the seventh, two runs were added.
With one out, Merel Oosterveld reached on an error and stole second base, then scored on a triple by Jessie van Aalst.
A single by Saskia Kosterink then lifted the lead to 6-2.
Virginie Anneveld followed with the tenth Dutch basehit, which led to another pitching change.
Starter Shayla Sweeney re-entered the game for Rutgers (which used all four pitchers on its roster) and ended the inning with two strikeouts.
Lindsey Meadows took over the Dutch pitching in the sixth inning.
With two outs, she gave up the third and final Rutgers-basehit, then retired the next four batters.
She struckout the side in the seventh to end the game and earn her second save of the trip.
Box Score Rutgers University vs. Netherlands
Before the game, the team had dinner at Casa Tina in nearby Dunedin
The pelican has seen enough
Chantal Versluis, Dagmar Bloeming, Lindsey Meadows, Areke Spel,
Virginie Anneveld, Dinet Oosting (back row), Ginger de Weert,
Nathalie Gosewehr and Merel Oosterveld share a relaxing moment
Elmy van Tok adjusts one of her camera's for this game...
...and another one, assisted by Physical Therapist Lisette Hagen
Head Coaches Jay Nelson and Craig Montvidas meet the umpires
The Dutch Team is ready to take the field
Femke van Dusschoten is the starting pitcher; at 1B is Jessie van Aalst
An overview of the field
Marisèla de Wind plays in leftfield in this game
Saskia Kosterink is the centerfielder
And Merel Oosterveld is in rightfield tonight
Saskia Kosterink leads off the 2nd inning with a bunt-single
Gabrielle Romanowski is the catcher
2B Stephanie Huang sees Saskia reach first base safely
Femke van Dusschoten struckout eight batters in 5 innings
Aubrie Levine takes over the pitching for Rutgers in the 3rd inning...
...and is greeted with a homerun by Nathalie Timmermans
Chantal Versluis steals 2nd base in the 3rd inning and later scored the 2nd run
Short stop Melanie Slowinski's tag is just too late
Moments later, Merel Oosterveld also steals 2nd base...
...and scores the third Dutch run shortly thereafter
Nikki Harte hitting in the 4th inning
Chantal Versluis takes her position as short stop
Saskia Kosterink leads off the 6th inning with the 20th Dutch homerun this trip
Pinch-runner Eva Voortman steals 2nd base in the 6th inning
Lindsey Meadows throws the final two innings
Jessie van Aalst hits an RBI-triple in the 7th inning...
...and later scores herself on a single by Saskia Kosterink
The giveaways are handed out
Another game in the books