Kate Poppe and Aleshia Ayers were recognized by the conference for their performances this past weekend.
Villanova wins final game of season on Julie Smith's walk-off single in seventh inning
Ali Lowe was 2-for-3 for Villanova in final game of weekend
Villanova outhit Cardinals, 4-3, in first game of weekend series
Cardinals scored four runs in top of the sixth inning to retake lead
Villanova hosts Seton Hall for an Easter Monday doubleheader
Villanova makes its home debut in the conference opener against Georgetown
Villanova Softball faces Robert Morris on Day 1 of the Delaware Invitational
2014: Named Second Team All-BIG EAST ... Earned BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week (4/21) and appeared on the conference Honor Roll four times (2/24, 3/10, 3/17, 4/14) ... Played in 49 of the team's 52 games, including a league-high 41 appearances to go with 31 starts on the mound ... Broke the program's single-season strikeout record finishing the year with 284 whiffs ... Ranked eighth in the NCAA in total strikeouts and 15th in the country, averaging 9.1 Ks per seven innings ... Posted team-high marks in wins (13), complete games (18), shutouts (2), saves (1) and led the conference with 219.0 innings pitched ... Held hitters to a conference low .192 batting average and boasted the league's third lowest ERA (2.05) ... Tallied double-digit strikeouts 13 times ... Second on the team with three home runs ... Registered five RBI and 10 runs ... Totaled 14 strikeouts and surrendered only three hits in a complete game shutout victory over Toledo (2/28) ... Whiffed a season-high 15 batters and allowed one run on three hits in a complete game triumph over Cleveland State (3/7) ... Tied season-high with 15 strikeouts and didn't surrender an earned run in a career-high 10.2 inning outing against Creighton (4/5) ... Fanned 12 batters and tossed second-career no-hitter in a shutout win over conference foe Butler (4/12) ... Allowed one run or less in at least 4.0 innings of work a remarkable 19 times ... Surrendered four hits or less in 19 starts ... Didn't give up an earned run in eight starts.
2013: Recognized on the BIG EAST All-Academic Team ... Named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll twice (Feb. 25, Mar. 11) ... Appeared in a team-high 45 games in the circle with 36 starts as a freshman ... Finished 19-23 with a 2.56 ERA and held opponents to a .225 batting average ... Registered team highs in wins (19), strikeouts (256), complete games (20) and shutouts (5) ... Fanned 256 batters, 27th best mark in the NCAA ... Pitched 237.2 innings, the most in program history ... Dominated Lafayette (Apr. 25) batters with a school record 20 strikeouts en route to the eight no-hitter in program history ... Recorded double-digit strikeouts in four games ... Didn't surrender an earned run in eight starts ... Allowed three hits or less in nine starts.
Bishop Shanahan: Earned four varsity letters in softball ... MVP 2011, 2012 ... Player of the Year 2010, 2011, 2012 ... Most Outstanding Female Athlete 2012 ... First Team All-Chesmont 2010, 2011, 2012 ... Chesmont Player of the Year 2011, 2012 ... Southeast PA Player of the Year 2012 ... First Team All-State ... Team finished second in the state in 2012 ... 938 career strikeouts, .76 ERA, 70 career wins.
Personal: Daughter of Chris and Christine Poppe ... Born 07/28/1994 in Downingtown, Pa. ... Two siblings, Alex and Ali ... Grandfather John Brokars played basketball for Villanova ... Majoring in Marketing and minoring in Entrepreneurship in the Villanova School of Business.