The Rutgers-Camden softball team has gone through a rough stretch these past couple weeks as the postseason is approaching. After losing six of their last eight games, including five of their last six New Jersey Athletic Conference games, the Lady Raptors are fighting for their playoff lives.
After splitting a double header with Montclair State University, the softball team was swept by rival Rowan University (27-2, 9-2) by a combined score of 28-5. The first game of the twin bill proved to be the most lopsided as Rowan unleashed an offensive onslaught, scoring 18 runs off the strength of three homeruns and four doubles while Rutgers-Camden could only muster up one run on a Lindsay Day groundout to shortstop that scored Jalene Garcia. With the pair of losses, their conference record fell to 7-5 with a big weekend ahead against William Paterson University.
It turned out to be a nightmare for Rutgers-Camden team, as they were also swept by William Paterson University, with whom they had been tied in the NJAC conference standings. The Lady Raptors failed to score a run in either game as two William Paterson pitchers gave stellar performances on the mound, holding Rutgers-Camden to only three hits combined in both games. This was a tough sweep for Rutgers-Camden, as their conference record now dropped to 7-7 and dropped them to sixth in the NJAC standings with one conference weekend left to play.
The Rutgers-Camden softball team now hold the last playoff spot in the NJAC tournament and they need to win their next four conference games to stay in contention and improve on not only their NJAC seed, but also their overall NCAA seed.