Senior stares down all-time wins record at Rutgers
To this point in her career, Landrith sports a 53-37 record with a 2.38 earned run average and 491 career strikeouts. She comes with some serious mileage, having started 63 consecutive games and accumulating 580.1 innings pitched.
In terms of her success, Landrith looks no further than her training and softball IQ.
“I think from year one to year two, you get stronger,” Landrith said. “You put on more muscle mass and have more explosiveness. You become smarter with batters and how to attack them by mixing speed and locations.”
When Landrith takes the mound, she doesn’t put any thought towards statistics or the record books. She focuses on helping her teammates and getting the next out to put her team in the best position possible to get the win.
“I try not to think any statistical things or records because then that causes you to be pressed and not successful,” Landrith said. “You have to think one pitch at a time, one inning at a time, one game at a time — and that’s how you win games.”
Since he has recruited her, Nelson has seen Landrith evolve into the rotation's rock.
“She is a quiet leader that leads by example,” Nelson said. “The team looks up to her to have a solid game and give them a chance. She stays calm throughout, even in the games she doesn’t pitch well. She controls her emotions well and stays calm to help her teammates finish it out. She has short term memory."
An unselfish Landrith kept her teammates in mind regarding how she has been able to get this far.
“I appreciate so much from all the teammates I’ve been with since day one,” Landrith said. “We go through it every day and it’s been a very rewarding experience being here. My composure on the mound has definitely improved from year one to year four."
Nelson pointed to Landrith’s selflessness and single-stream focus to help the team out best she can. She doesn’t care much about stats or putting herself in a long-storied history at Rutgers, but rather what benefits the entire team.
“It would be a great achievement to be number one in a record book with a long history but I don’t think that’s how she looks at it,” Nelson said. “It’s something she can look back at and be proud of, but right now we are competing to win the Big Ten Conference and that’s her main focus."
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