JAMAICA, NY - Rutgers senior Brielle Cosentino (Carlstadt, NJ) made her last collegiate start a memorable one as she pitched 11 scoreless innings in the Scarlet Knights’ (25-29-1; 8-12 BIG EAST) 2-0 extra-inning win over St. John’s (26-24; 8-8 BIG EAST) on May 2. RU fell in the first game of the doubleheader, 5-3.
In game two, neither team could break through until the top of the eleventh. Senior Nichole Cruz (Bremerton, WA) opened the inning with a bunt single but was thrown out at second as junior Helen Smith (Tucson, AZ) attempted to sacrifice her over. With one out, senior Nikki Childress (Roanoke, VA), the Rutgers all-time home run leader, hit a two-run shot to left field in the last at bat of her career to give RU a 2-0 lead. Childress finished the game 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored and finished her career with 20 home runs.
Cosentino (10-8) was outstanding all game long, scattering nine hits over eleven innings while striking out five and walking only two. She made 158 pitches in the game.
Trailing 2-0 in fifth inning of game one, RU rallied to tie the game. With senior Brittney Neer (Tallahassee, FL) at second, junior Crystal Vargas (Jersey City, NJ) hit her fourth home run of the year to pull the Scarlet Knights even.
The Red Storm took control of the game in the sixth when they scored three runs on four hits and three RU errors. Vargas got the Scarlet Knights to within two in the top of the seventh with her second home run of the day, but St. John’s starter Courtney Fitzgerald (15-3) retired the final two batters after issuing a walk to record the 5-3 win.
Vargas went 4-for-6 with three RBI and two runs scored in the doubleheader. Senior Leah Black (Rocky River, OH) (9-12) took the loss, but allowed only two earned runs in 5.1 IP and struck out four.