April 8, 1998
VILLANOVA, Pa.--- Hosting Big East South Divison leader Rutgers for a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 8, the Villanova softball team swept both games from the Scarlet Knights, coming back from a 3-0 deficit to win game one 4-3 and shutting out the Knights 2-0 in game two. With the two victories, the Wildcats are now 24-12 overall on the season and 6-3 in Big East Conference play.
In game one, Rutgers (14-9, 7-4) broke open the scoring with three runs in the fourth, with one coming on a sacrifice fly by Julie Brooks and the other two coming on an RBI double by Quyen Tran. In the sixth inning however, the Wildcats came alive as sophomore Melissa Crombet had an RBI single and freshman Jackie Pasquerella knocked in the other run on a fielders choice to make it a 3-2 game. After a 20 minute rain delay, Villanova came back on a mission as senior Kelly McCoy hit a two run single to give the Cats a 4-3 victory.
On the mound for Villanova, senior Brenda Roach picked up her seventh win as she pitched the complete game. In seven innings, Roach gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits, walking one and striking out three.
Pitching was the name of the game in the second contest for Villanova, as freshman Keri Stoller baffled Rutgers all afternoon. Stoller hurled a complete game shutout, surrendering only three hits and two walks, while striking out five. The fourth inning is when she truely showed her dominance. With no outs and the bases loaded, Stoller struck out the side to strand all three runners and preserve the Villanova lead.
On offense for the Wildcats, McCoy led the way going one-for two with an RBI. The second inning hit was the 200th of McCoy's outstanding Villanova softball career. Sophomore Megan O'Leary also contributed to the Wildcat attack going one-for-two with an RBI.
Villanova will resume their schedule on Thursday, April 9, as they once again host Rutgers for a single game starting at 3 p.m.