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Softball Faces St. John’s in Crucial BIG EAST Series
ESPN3 to broadcast all three games live
  • Posted on April 26, 2013 4:20:41 PM
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    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.

    Game One: http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/id/868560/rutgers-vs-st-johns

    Game Two: http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/id/868575/rutgers-vs-st-johns

    Game Three: http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/id/868630/rutgers-vs-st-johns

    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.

    Follow Rutgers Athletics on Facebook (www.facebook.com/RutgersAthletics) and Twitter (@RUAthletics) for all of the latest news and updates. For specific updates regarding Rutgers softball, follow the program on Twitter (@RUSoftball). Fans can receive timely information, including special offers and giveaways throughout the year on our social media outlets along with www.ScarletKnights.com.

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