Piscataway, N.J. (April 26, 2013) – The Rutgers softball team heads to Queens, N.Y. on Saturday, April 27 to open a three-game series with St. John’s. The Scarlet Knights (25-22, 6-10) enter the series tied with Connecticut (23-22, 6-10) in the BIG EAST standings, as both teams currently hold onto the final two spots for the BIG EAST Championships, scheduled for May 9-11 in Tampa, Fla.
RU opens its series with the Johnnies (12-33, 3-13) tomorrow beginning at noon at Red Storm Field. The teams will square off in the second game of the series at 2 p.m., before closing out the series on Sunday, April 28 with another noon matchup.
All three games will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
The Scarlet Knights enter the series on a three-game skid, with their most recent defeat coming at the hands of in-state foe Monmouth on Thursday, April 25 at the RU Softball Complex. RU faced a 6-0 deficit heading into the final inning of play, and used five hits and an error to cut the lead to 6-3 with one out and the bases loaded.
But Monmouth’s Lauren Sulick forced the next two batters to pop out, ending the contest.
St. John’s enters the series on a five-game BIG EAST losing streak, dropping its most recent doubleheader to DePaul on Wednesday, May 24. The Blue Demons shutout the Red Storm 15-0 in both contests, holding St. John’s to seven hits on the afternoon.
Despite the skid, St. John’s presents a number of threats from the plate. Jackie Reed leads the team with a .373 batting average, while Chrissey Montez leads the squad and holds onto a tie for first in the BIG EAST with 13 home runs this season.
Tori Free leads the Johnnies from the circle with a 6-17 record and 3.21 ERA. Her 158 strikeouts are good for seventh in the BIG EAST.
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