PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Scarlet Knights (11-14; 0-2 BIG EAST) dropped a pair of games to Providence (15-8; 2-2 BIG EAST) in their home and conference openers, falling 2-0 in game one and 10-0 in game two on March 28.
Providence scored two in the fourth to account for the only runs of the game in its 2-0 win over the Scarlet Knights in game one. Starter Christina Gillman (Valencia, CA) had allowed only two hits and struck out eight through four, but the Friars opened the inning with a walk and then strung together three consecutive one-out hits to take a 2-0 lead.
Gillman (2-4) went 4.1 innings, allowing two runs and four hits, while striking out eight. Providence starter Cori Van Dusen (6-2) kept the Scarlet Knight batters in check all day, going the distance and striking out seven for her second shutout of the year. Senior Nikki Childress (Roanoke, VA) finished the game 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.
In game two, the Friars sent 11 batters to the plate in the second inning, scoring six runs on five hits to take a 6-0 lead. The big blow in the inning was a three-run home run off the bat of Rachel Bartholomew, who went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Rutgers starter Leah Black (Rocky River, OH) went 1.1 innings and allowed five runs on four hits. Providence added another run in the third and three more in fifth.
Senior Megan Antonucci (Warrington, PA) had two of Rutgers’ three hits (2-for-3), while Childress went 1-for-2 and continued her hot hitting streak. She has hit safely in her last seven games, and in four games this week, she went 6-for-11 (.545) with four RBI, one run scored, one home run and one double.
The Scarlet Knights will head back to the road to take on Farleigh Dickinson on Tuesday, March 30, at 3:30 p.m.