SOUTH BEND, IN - The Rutgers softball team (12-34, 4-14 BIG EAST) was swept by Notre Dame (31-13, 13-1 BIG EAST) 8-0 and 7-0 in its BIG EAST doubleheader on Sunday, April 23, at Ivy Field.
A strong performance from Irish pitcher Heather Booth was the story of game one as Notre Dame topped the Scarlet Knights 8-0. Booth improved to 16-9, throwing four strikeouts in the five-inning perfect-game victory.
In the first inning, the Irish put together four consecutive hits, driving in three runs to take an early lead in game one. Back-to-back singles from Sara Schoonaert and Mallorie Lenn led to Notre Dame’s first run as Meagan Ruthrauff followed with an RBI single up the middle, scoring Schoonaert from second. In the next at-bat with two runners on, Linda Kohan hit a bases-clearing double to left-center field to make the score 3-0.
Notre Dame opened its lead to five (5-0) with a pair of runs in the third inning. A single from Lenn and a double by Ruthrauff put runners on second and third for the Irish with just one out. ND then placed pinch runners on both bases, putting Sarah Smith on second and Brittany Glynn on third. Kohan followed with her third RBI of the game on a sacrifice fly to center field, while an RBI single from Carissa Jaquish gave Notre Dame its second run of the inning.
Notre Dame went on to score three runs in the bottom of the fifth to pick up the 8-0 win. Lenn and Ruthrauff led off the inning with back-to-back home runs, while Kohan followed with a walk and eventually scored on an RBI single to right field by Erin Glasco.
Junior Nicole Freeman (Sandy, UT) took the loss (2-8) in game one.
Game two remained locked at zero through the first two innings, before the Irish would score the games first run in the third as Smith singled to center field and scored on a fielder’s choice from Lenn. Notre Dame scored five runs in the fifth, including a pair of two-run doubles to extend its lead. The Irish added another run in the sixth with a sacrifice fly from Lenn, picking up the 7-0 victory.
Freshman Kim Hodges (Houston, TX), junior Kristin Madoch (Glenview, IL), sophomore Lauren Tardiff (Manchester, NJ) and freshman Amanda Heller (Belle Mead, NJ) each singled in game two, combining for RU’s four hits of the afternoon.
Junior Jessica Crosby (Sedro-Woolley, WA) started game two and took the loss (1-6), while senior Christina Gillman (Valencia, CA) and Freeman also made appearances in relief.
The Scarlet Knights will break from BIG EAST conference play for a road-doubleheader against Fairleigh Dickinson on Thursday, April 27, at 4:30 pm. Rutgers previously earned an 11-5 victory over FDU on March 19, at Delaware State’s Bash at the Beach Tournament.