CHESTNUT HILL, MA -- The Rutgers softball team (25-18, 7-9) defeated Boston College (27-17, 11-4), 4-2 and 5-2 in its first BIG EAST sweep of the season at Shea Field on Tuesday, April 29." />
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  • CHESTNUT HILL, MA -- The Rutgers softball team (25-18, 7-9) defeated Boston College (27-17, 11-4), 4-2 and 5-2 in its first BIG EAST sweep of the season at Shea Field on Tuesday, April 29.

    In the first game, Nichole Cruz (Bremerton, WA) sent home Crystal Vargas (Jersey City, NJ) on a line drive to left field for the first run of the game in the top of the second inning. The Eagles tied the score with a solo home run in the third.

    Brittney Neer (Tallahassee, FL) broke the tie in the sixth inning with a long sacrifice fly to left field to send home Jenny Card (Miami, FL) in the sixth inning and Courtney Love (Seabrook, TX) sliced a pitch out to left center with two outs to bring home Megan Antonucci (Warrington, PA) and increase the lead to 3-1.

    Vargas fought back from an 0-2 count, finishing her at bat with a bomb over the left center field fence. Her seventh home run of the season, fifth in conference action, made the score 4-2. Vargas was 1-for-3 in the game, with two runs and one RBI. Card was 2-for-4 with one run scored and Cruz and Antonucci were each 1-for-2.

    Andria Koehler (Sellersville, PA) pitched a complete game and improved to 12-5 with the win, allowing two runs (one earned), walking four and striking out three.

    In the second game, Love had stellar defensive efforts before leaving due to injury. In right field, she turned a double play, running to catch a fly and then gunning a throw to first base. In left field, she saved a long shot by sacrificing herself into the wooden fence.

    After four scoreless innings, the Scarlet Knights had an offensive surge of power to take the lead. Neer drove in Antonucci with a rip up the middle, took second on the throw and scored, followed by Love, on a catching error by the first baseman. Cruz scored on a shot up the middle by Jen Jacoby (Agoura Hills, CA) to make the score, 4-0. Childress had a hard base hit to the third baseman, sending home Melissa Bradford (Pennsville, NJ) and the Scarlet Knights left the inning with a five-run lead.

    A two-run home run by the Eagles in the sixth inning made the score 5-2. Brielle Cosentino (Carlstadt, NJ) improved to 8-9, pitching 5.2 innings in the nightcap, allowing three hits, two runs, one walk and striking out one. Christina Gillman (Valencia, CA) earned her first save of the season, pitching 1.1 innings and allowing one hit.

    The Scarlet Knights will continue the last leg of their season with a doubleheader at the University of Delaware at 3 p.m. on April 30. The Scarlet Knights will then travel to Syracuse, NY, to play the Orangewomen in a doubleheader at noon on May, 2, followed by their final BIG EAST doubleheader against Notre Dame at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 4.

    POST GAME NOTES
    -- The Scarlet Knights are now 8-13 in the all-time series against the Eagles, under head coach Pat Willis.

    -- Crystal Vargas and Nikki Childress are fighting for the title as team home run leader. Currently Childress is up with eight home runs, but Vargas is right behind her with seven.

    -- Head coach Pat Willis is one win away from her 600th victory at Rutgers.

    -- Entering today’s doubleheader, Nikki Childress led the team in several offensive categories, including: batting average (.457), runs scored (24), hits (42), doubles (6), home runs (eight), runs batted in (23), total bases (74), on-base percentage (.500) and maintained the highest fielding percentage of the starters (.981).

    -- The Eagles came into today’s doubleheader ranked third in the BIG EAST, while the Scarlet Knights entered the game in ninth place in the conference.

                                Boston College Softball
                           Rutgers at Boston College (Game 1)
                   Apr 29, 2003 at Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Shea Field)
    
    Rutgers 4 (24-18,6-9)
    
    Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
    ------------------------------------------------------
    LOVE, Courtney rf........  4  0  1  1   0  0  4  0   0
    ASSELTA, Meaghan ss......  3  0  0  0   1  1  2  3   2
    BRADFORD, Melissa dp.....  4  0  2  0   0  0  0  0   0
    CHILDRESS, Nikki lf......  4  0  1  0   0  1  0  1   2
    VARGAS, Crystal 3b.......  3  2  1  1   1  0  1  2   2
    CARD, Jenny c............  4  1  2  0   0  2  3  0   0
     CASEY, Nicole pr........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
    ANTONUCCI, Megan 1b......  2  1  1  0   0  0  7  1   0
    CRUZ, Nichole cf.........  2  0  1  1   1  0  1  0   0
    NEER, Brittany 2b........  2  0  0  1   0  1  3  2   2
    KOEHLER, Andria p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
    Totals................... 28  4  9  4   3  5 21 11   8
    
    Boston College 2 (27-16,11-3)
    
    Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
    ------------------------------------------------------
    GOODCHILD, Jacqui rf.....  4  0  2  0   0  0  2  0   3
    ASBURY, Jen 2b...........  4  0  1  0   0  1  2  1   0
    BLUMFIELD, Cara ss.......  3  1  2  1   1  0  1  0   0
    FISCHER, Lisa 1b.........  4  0  1  0   0  1  3  1   2
    MACKEY, Erin lf..........  1  0  0  0   3  0  3  0   0
     KELLNER, Sara pr/lf.....  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
    FIELD, Lisa c............  4  0  0  0   0  0  6  0   5
    DALY, Michelle dp........  2  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
     FERRERO, Elena ph.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
    HOPKIN, Kimmy cf.........  3  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
    ALLAIN, Kristin 3b.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  3  0   0
     MEREDITH, Elyse 3b......  2  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
    RYAN, Kim p..............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
    Totals................... 27  2  6  1   4  3 21  4  10
    
    Score by Innings                  R  H  E
    -----------------------------------------
    Rutgers............. 010 002 1 -  4  9  2
    Boston College...... 001 001 0 -  2  6  0
    -----------------------------------------
    
    E - Asselta; Neer. LOB - Rutgers 8; BC 10. 2B - Bradford; Card; Cruz. HR -
    Vargas; BLUMFIELD. HBP - ALLAIN. SH - Antonucci; FERRERO. SF - Neer.
    
    Rutgers                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
    -----------------------------------------------
    KOEHLER, Andria.....  7.0  6  2  1  4  3 27 33
    
    Boston College         IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
    -----------------------------------------------
    RYAN, Kim...........  7.0  9  4  4  3  5 28 33
    
    Win - Koehler (12-5).  Loss - RYAN (13-5).  Save - None.
    HBP - by Koehler (ALLAIN).
    Umpires -
    Start: 2:05  
    
                                Boston College Softball
                           Rutgers at Boston College (Game 2)
                   Apr 29, 2003 at Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Shea Field)
    
    Rutgers 5 (25-18,7-9)
    
    Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
    ------------------------------------------------------
    LOVE, Courtney rf/lf.....  3  1  1  0   0  1  2  1   0
     JOHANNSEN, Stephanie lf.  1  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
    CRUZ, Nichole cf.........  3  1  0  0   1  1  0  0   0
    BRADFORD, Melissa dp.....  4  1  0  0   0  3  0  0   0
    VARGAS, Crystal 3b.......  3  0  0  0   1  1  1  2   0
    CARD, Jenny c............  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
     JACOBY, Jen rf..........  2  0  1  1   0  0  0  0   1
    CHILDRESS, Nikki lf/c....  2  0  2  1   1  0  1  0   0
    ANTONUCCI, Megan 1b......  3  1  0  0   0  1 12  0   4
    ASSELTA, Meaghan ss......  3  0  0  0   0  0  1  3   0
    NEER, Brittany 2b........  3  1  0  1   0  2  2  4   0
    COSENTINO, Brielle p.....  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  2   0
     GILLMAN, Christina p....  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
    Totals................... 28  5  4  3   3  9 21 12   5
    
    Boston College 2 (27-17,11-4)
    
    Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
    ------------------------------------------------------
    GOODCHILD, Jacqui rf.....  3  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
    ASBURY, Jen 2b...........  2  1  1  2   1  0  1  2   0
    BLUMFIELD, Cara ss.......  3  0  1  0   0  0  1  2   0
    FISCHER, Lisa 1b.........  3  0  0  0   0  1  7  0   1
    MACKEY, Erin lf..........  3  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
    FIELD, Lisa c............  3  0  0  0   0  0 11  1   0
    FERRERO, Elena dp........  3  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
     KELLNER, Sara pr........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
    HOPKIN, Kimmy cf.........  3  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   2
    MEREDITH, Elyse 3b.......  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
     DALY, Michelle 3b.......  1  1  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
    MALANDRIS, Tekae p.......  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  2   0
     RYAN, Kim p.............  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
    Totals................... 25  2  4  2   1  1 21  9   3
    
    Score by Innings                  R  H  E
    -----------------------------------------
    Rutgers............. 000 050 0 -  5  4  1
    Boston College...... 000 002 0 -  2  4  3
    -----------------------------------------
    
    E - Vargas; FIELD; MEREDITH; MALANDRIS. LOB - Rutgers 5; BC 3. 2B - DALY. HR
    - ASBURY. CS - Cruz.
    
    Rutgers                IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
    -----------------------------------------------
    COSENTINO, Brielle..  5.2  3  2  2  1  1 19 20
    GILLMAN, Christina..  1.1  1  0  0  0  0  6  6
    
    Boston College         IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
    -----------------------------------------------
    MALANDRIS, Tekae....  4.2  4  5  0  3  6 21 24
    RYAN, Kim...........  2.1  0  0  0  0  3  7  7
    
    Win - Cosentino (8-9).  Loss - MALANDRIS (9-7).  Save - Gillman (1).
    Umpires -
    Start:   Time: 2:15   Attendance: 75
    Game: 44BCRU
    
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