Koller, Williams Give Villanova Split on Final Day of Sonic Challenge
Feb. 22, 2004
CHATTANOOGA, TENN. - Kari Koller went 2-for-3 with a second inning home run and Shannon Williams pitched a three-hit shutout as Villanova (2-4) defeated the host Chattanooga Mocs, 1-0, on the final day of competition at the Sonic Challenge. Earlier in the day, Bradley posted a 3-2 victory over the Wildcats.
Williams was brilliant in upping her record to 2-1. The junior right-hander went the full seven innings, striking out four and walking none. All three of the hits Williams gave up were singles.
Koller's blast, her first of the season, gave the Wildcats the early 1-0 lead. The junior first baseman also added a double in the game. Designated hitter Kristen Yauch posted two singles against Chattanooga hurler Lacy Swarthout, a freshman who struck out 33 batters during her four tournament outings.
The victory came one day after Wildcat head coach Maria DiBernardi recorded her 500th career victory.
Earlier in the day, the Bradley Braves scored three early runs off Villanova starter Kristen Haynes, and hung out for a 3-2 win. The Braves' first run was aided by a pair of first innings errors charged to the Wildcats.
Against Bradley, Koller turned in another 2-for-3 effort, with one run scored. Designated hitter Allison Wisniewski also added two hits and one RBI.
Villanova will next travel to Houston, Texas this weekend, Feb. 27-29. The Wildcats will play five games as part of the Cougar Classic, hosted by the University of Houston.