CLEARWATER, FL - The Scarlet Knights ended a 17-inning scoreless drought and sophomore Christina Gillman (Valencia, CA) pitched her second career complete game to give Rutgers (5-5) a 4-2 victory over Coastal Carolina (3-7) on March 5 at the Speedline Invitational." />
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RU Softball Rebounds to Defeat Coastal Carolina
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  • CLEARWATER, FL - The Scarlet Knights ended a 17-inning scoreless drought and sophomore Christina Gillman (Valencia, CA) pitched her second career complete game to give Rutgers (5-5) a 4-2 victory over Coastal Carolina (3-7) on March 5 at the Speedline Invitational.

    Gillman (1-0) allowed only one earned run over seven innings while striking out 10 to help Rutgers get back to the .500 mark. After getting one-hit earlier in the day by Northwestern, Rutgers banged out 10 hits to get its offense back on track.

    Christina Doyle pitched three scoreless innings for the Lady Chanticleers but was unable to start the fourth after sustaining an injury on the base paths in the top half of the inning. Reliever Brittany Nelson retired the Scarlet Knights in her first inning, but Rutgers batted around in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead.

    Freshman Maggie Geraldi (Russell, IL) led off the inning with an infield single and was sacrificed to second by Gillman. Junior Jenny Card (Miami, FL) laced a double down the left field line to bring Geraldi home and pull Rugers to within one, 2-1. Senior Nichole Cruz (Bremerton, WA) followed with a single to move pinch runner Nicole Casey (Churchville, PA) to third and advanced to second on the throw.

    Senior Brittney Neer (Tallahassee, FL) laid down a suicide squeeze to bring Casey home and tie the game. Sophomore Courtney Love (Seabrook, TX) followed with an infield single to put Rutgers up 3-2, and Neer came home on a Helen Smith (Tucson, AZ) groundout to make the score 4-2.

    Neer finished the game 1-for-3 with a run scored, a stolen base and an RBI, while Geraldi and Cruz were both 2-for-3 with a run scored.

    Coastal Carolina got on the board in the fourth when Doyle doubled to left center to bring home Sara Hostetler and added an unearned run on a Kimberly Cillis RBI-single to make it 2-0.

    The Scarlet Knights will meet Temple in the final game of pool play on Saturday, March 6, at 1:00 p.m.

                                    The Automated ScoreBook
                                  Coastal Carolina vs Rutgers
                       Mar 05, 2004 at Clearwater, FL (EC Moore Complex)
    
    Coastal Carolina 2 (3-7)                      Rutgers 4 (5-5)
    
    Player                      AB  R  H BI       Player                      AB  R  H BI
    ---------------------------------------       ---------------------------------------
    Delane Oscarson lf.........  4  0  0  0       NEER, Brittney 2b..........  3  1  1  1
    Irene Finley 2b............  2  0  0  0       LOVE, Courtney dh..........  3  0  1  1
    Sara Hostetler ss..........  3  1  1  0       SMITH, Helen 3b............  3  0  0  1
    Kelly Feely dh.............  3  0  0  0       ANTONUCCI, Megan 1b........  2  0  2  0
    Diana Mendez 3b............  3  0  0  0       JOHANNSEN, Stephanie lf....  2  0  1  0
    Christina Doyle p..........  2  1  1  1       GERALDI, Maggie ss.........  3  1  2  0
     Brittany Nelson p.........  1  0  0  0       GILLMAN, Christina p.......  2  0  0  0
    Lynee Hastings c...........  3  0  0  0       CARD, Jenny c..............  3  0  1  1
    Kimberly Cillis 1b.........  2  0  2  1        CASEY, Nicole pr..........  0  1  0  0
    Danyelle Gerdts rf.........  2  0  0  0       CRUZ, Nichole cf...........  3  1  2  0
     Carla Hood ph.............  1  0  0  0       VARGAS, Crystal rf.........  0  0  0  0
    Alexandra Prattes cf.......  0  0  0  0
     Katey Allen pr............  0  0  0  0
    Totals..................... 26  2  4  2       Totals..................... 24  4 10  4
    
    Score by Innings                  R  H  E
    -----------------------------------------
    Coastal Carolina.... 000 200 0 -  2  4  0
    Rutgers............. 000 040 X -  4 10  1
    -----------------------------------------
    
    E - GERALDI. DP - Coastal 1. LOB - Coastal 5; Rutgers 5. 2B - Hostetler; Doyle;
    JOHANNSEN(1); CARD(1). SH - JOHANNSEN; GILLMAN. SB - NEER(3); LOVE(1).
    
    Coastal Carolina               IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Christina Doyle ...........   3.0  2  0  0  0  4   0  0  0  0   10 11   0  5
    Brittany Nelson  L.........   3.0  8  4  4  1  3   0  0  0  0   14 16   0  4
    
    Rutgers                        IP  H  R ER BB SO  WP BK HP IBB  AB BF  FO GO
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    GILLMAN, Christina  W,1-0..   7.0  4  2  1  2 10   0  0  0  0   26 28   1 10
    
    
    Strikeouts - Oscarson 2; Feely; Mendez; Nelson; Hastings 2; Gerdts 2; Hood; NEER;
    LOVE; SMITH 2; GILLMAN; CARD 2. Walks - Finley; Cillis; ANTONUCCI.
    
    Umpires -
    Start: 3:20 pm   Time: 1:55   Attendance: 75
    
    Game: RU-COAST
    
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