PISCATAWAY, NJ -- The Rutgers softball team (12-7) extended its win streak to five games, sweeping Princeton 5-4 and 3-2, Tuesday at the Rutgers Softball Complex. " />
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Rutgers Sweeps Princeton 5-4, 3-2
  • Posted on March 25, 2003 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ -- The Rutgers softball team (12-7) extended its win streak to five games, sweeping Princeton 5-4 and 3-2, Tuesday at the Rutgers Softball Complex.

    Princeton got on the board first with a run in the first inning off a double to right center by Melissa Finley. The Tigers had a big fifth inning, scoring three runs to make the score 4-1.

    Nikki Childress (Roanoke, VA) continued her hot offensive streak, sending a shot out to left center in the fourth inning for her third home run in four games. In the sixth inning, Meaghan Asselta (Ramsey, NJ) scored on a third base fielding error off of Childress’ hit after hitting a double to left center. Crystal Vargas (Jersey City, NJ) followed suit, hitting her second home run in as many games. Vargas’ three-run bomb to left center was her second career home run and scored the winning run.

    Asselta continued her stellar defensive effort, making a strong double play to end the second inning, diving to catch a line drive hit and sending it to first for the second and third out of the inning.

    Andria Koehler (Sellersville, PA), who is currently ranked third in the BIG EAST in individual pitching, pitched a complete game to improve her record to 5-1. Koehler struck out five, allowing seven hits and four runs (three earned).

    The Scarlet Knights got on the board early in the second game, with Jen Jacoby (Agoura Hills, CA) and Meaghan Asselta each scoring to leave the first inning with a 2-0 lead.

    Brielle Cosentino (Carlstadt, NJ) allowed only five hits and two runs (both unearned) in seven innings. She struck out ten and gave up no walks.

    The Tigers tied up the score with two runs on an overthrow to first in the fourth inning, but Rutgers pulled ahead in the bottom fifth when Nikki Childress sent Asselta, on base from a double to left center, home on a single up the middle.

    The Scarlet Knights will open conference play this weekend when they host doubleheaders on Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30, against St. John’s and Seton Hall, respectively. BOX 1    BOX 2

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