Feb. 18, 2005
GREENVILLE, N.C.---The Wildcats opened their 2005 season in successful fashion on Friday, Feb. 18, defeating the Fordham Rams, 3-2, in eight innings and Ohio University, 4-2, during their first two games of the Holiday Inn Express Pirate Classic, played at host East Carolina University's ECU Field.
Fordham took an early 1-0 lead as Krystle Henry led off with a double and was eventually brought home on a sacrifice fly by Katie Davis. The Wildcats quickly answered back in the bottom of the first inning when senior Lisa Kreuger advanced home off a RBI-single from Sarah Wall.
Villanova seized the lead during the bottom of the fourth inning. Sophomore Sheri Donley reached first base on an error by second baseman Trish Arno. Donley then advanced to second on a wild pitch by Sara Kinney. Krissy Yauch grounded out to the pitcher, which allowed Donley to advance to third. Donley scored off another wild pitch by Kinney to put the Wildcats ahead, 2-1.
The Rams answered back in the fifth inning to tie the game when Henry scored her second run of the afternoon after advancing to second off a sacrifice bunt and scored off a RBI-single from Lisa Busciacco.
The game went to an eighth inning and the Rams' three outs came quickly and Villanova was able to capitalize on the scoring opportunity. Freshman Jackie Dempsey was placed on second. After senior Kari Koller walked, freshman Jessica Curtis pinch ran for her. Wall came in with another walk to advance Dempsey to third. Donley would seal the victory when her walk sent Dempsey to home plate and gave Villanova its first win of the season. Shannon Williams (1-0) pitched her first victory of the season.
Villanova followed up its effort with a second victory on the afternoon, a 4-2 victory over Ohio. To lead off the second inning, Wall walked and Donley doubled. Krissy Yauch singled to load the bases and Allie Wisniewski hit a sacrifice fly ball to left field to score Wall. In the third inning, Dempsey led off with a single, and Koller walked. Cassie Koenig hit a sacrifice bunt and put both runners in scoring position. Wall drew a critical walk to load the bases, and when Donley (2-for-2) came up to bat, she hit a single to center field and had two RBI's as a result.
At the top of the fourth inning, Lisa Krueger (1-for-4) hit a solo home run deep over the center field fence. Kristen Haynes (1-0) pitched four and one third innings and was relieved by Kat Walsh in the bottom of the fifth inning. However, she was called upon again to save the game in the seventh inning because the Bobcats had runners in scoring position. Walsh walked the first batter in the seventh inning, Robin Miller, who later advanced on a wild pitch. Haynes then gave up a single to center field, which scored Miller, but then retired the next two batters.
Haynes gave up just four hits in five complete innings, allowed one earned run and had six strikeouts.
"I think our kids played great for our first game outside," head coach Maria DiBernardi stated. "Our timing was a bit off, but as both games progressed, our hitting got better and will be better tomorrow. Both pitchers pitched smart. When it really got tough, Shannon got us out of some tough innings and Kristen came in to save the second game."
The Wildcats return to action on Saturday when they face the College of Charleston at 9 a.m. and Radford at 1 p.m.