Bottom of Batting Order Produces For Wildcats in 11-2 Win Over Butler
The bottom four hitters in the batting order combined to drive in five runs in the second and third innings, and Villanova (19-24, 5-7 BIG EAST) kept the offense rolling after that in an 11-2 win over Butler (18-27, 5-7 BIG EAST) at Bulldog Park on Sunday afternoon. Senior starting pitcher Josh Harris (Streamwood, Ill.) and junior reliever Kagan Richardson (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) combined on a seven-hitter for the Wildcats, who salvaged the final game of a three-game series in their first-ever road series against the Bulldogs.
Froccaro Named Villanova Student-Athlete of the Month
Villanova senior attacker Jackie Froccaro has been named the Villanova Student-Athlete of the Month for April, as announced by the Office of Academic Support earlier this week.
Poppe and Snell Recognized by BIG EAST
Kate Poppe and Chase Snell have been named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll for their performances this past week against Monmouth and St. John's, the conference announced Monday. It's the 10th time in Poppe's career she has been named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll and the fourth time this season. This also marks the first time Chase Snell has received BIG EAST recognition in her career.
Piccirillo and Schappert Run to Personal Top Times at Payton Jordan Invitational
Junior middle distance runner Angel Piccirillo (Homer City, Pa.) and senior Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.) each ran personal times in the 1500 meters at the Payton Jordan Invitational hosted by Stanford on Saturday night. In addition, their times from the race at Cobb Track and Angell Field put each of them in the top 15 in the nation on the current year's performance list.
Jordy Williamsz Leads Australia to Pair of Bronze Medals at IAAF World Relays
Junior middle distance runner Jordy Williamsz (Melbourne, Australia) followed up his recent Penn Relays performance with a pair of equally impressive races on the world stage. He represented his native Australia at the IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas this past weekend, where he ran on both the distance medley relay and the 4x800 meter relay. Australia finished in third place and won bronze medals in each of those events.
Wildcats Clinch a Spot in the BIG EAST Tournament With 3-0 Victory Over St. John's
In their final regular season game of the season, the Villanova Wildcats faced the St. John's Red Strom in a game that would be detrimental in deciding the fourth seed in the 2015 BIG EAST Softball Tournament. With the victory over St. John's the Wildcats clinched the No. 4 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament. The Wildcats scored three runs in the top of the first inning and kept that lead for the remainder of the day. The Wildcats season record improves to 24-29, 9-12 BIG EAST while St. John's drops to 26-17, 16-2 BIG EAST.
Gallaway, Seibel Named to All-Tournament Team
Following the conclusion of the BIG EAST Tournament on Saturday night, the conference announced their all-tournament team.
Froccaro and Mucci Listed to BIG EAST All-Tournament Team
Nova seniors Jackie Froccaro and Jessica Mucci were named to the all-tournament team as both led the conference in their respective fields as Froccaro led the BIG EAST in draw controls (4.47) and Mucci led the field in assists (2.00 per game).