Wildcat Bats Cooled Off by Tournament Host
Feb. 18, 2012
MIAMI, Fla. - Villanova (2-2) entered the game looking to build a three-game win streak at the beginning of the season, but the host Panthers of the FIU Memorial put 10 runs on the board in the third and fourth innings to put the game out of reach as they defeated the Wildcats 21-2 in four and a half innings under the lights. The Villanova bats had been hot coming into tonight's game, but they were cooled by the Panther pitching. Senior Jamie O'Hara tallied her 100th hit in her Villanova career in the loss.
The Panthers got on the board first in the top of the second as Kayla Burri hit a one-out solo home run to left field and FIU held a 1-0 advantage. Manning followed that with a walk, but got some defensive help when Ortega doubled the runner off of first base on a foul pop up to end the inning.
Following the double play, Villanova got to work offensively in the third. Sophomore shortstop Ali Lowe continued her strong start to the season by drawing a lead-off walk and advancing to third on a one-out double by senior Jamie O'Hara, her second hit of the game. With two runners in scoring position and just one out, senior Shannon O'Brien reached on a throwing error by the first baseman that allowed both O'Hara and Lowe to score as the Wildcats now led the Panthers 2-1 heading to the bottom of the third inning.
The Panthers got to work offensively with several hits, walks, and taking advantage of four Villanova errors. Starting pitcher senior Molly Manning went 3 1/3 innings on the mound, surrendering six earned runs.
The Wildcats will look to get back to their winning ways when they take on South Carolina at 1 p.m. in the final game of the FIU Feisberg Memorial.