Four BIG EAST teams played Wednesday night and went 3-1 against nonconference competition.
Rutgers swept Hartford in its home-opener at the RU Softball Complex. The Scarlet Knights did not allow a run and outscored the Hawks 12-0 in its double-dip. Rutgers won 5-0 and 7-0 behind stellar pitching performances from sophomore Alyssa Landrith and freshman Dresdan Maddox.
Georgetown defeated George Mason 5-2 for its seventh consecutive win. The Hoyas held off a seventh inning comeback and limited the Patriots to three hits.
In a rematch from Tuesday night, Connecticut failed to complete the sweep of the two-game series against Quinnipiac. The Huskies rallied in the seventh inning Wednesday but fell short as the Bobcats prevailed 4-3.
In last night's only BIG EAST contest, USF continued its hot streak by defeating Villanova 8-2. The Bulls are 19-1 in their last 20 games and were 6-10 prior to that. Junior Kourtney Salvarola led the team offensively with two home runs and 5 RBI. Junior Sara Nevins, who became the all-time strikeout leader in program history on Sunday against Rutgers, added 10 more and now has 658 career strikeouts.
The Bulls and Wildcats are scheduled to meet again today in a doubleheader at 11 a.m. In other league games, St. John's will host Seton Hall in double-dip at noon. Georgetown, Providence and Notre Dame are all set to play nonconference games against Towson (2 p.m.), Providence (3 p.m.) and Green Bay (5 p.m.) respectively.