Feb. 22, 2013
FORT MEYERS, Fla. - Villanova came back from a five-run deficit to earn their second win of the day at the FGCU La Quinta Inn and Suites Tournament in Fort Meyers, Fla. After being down, 6-1 in the middle of the third inning, the Wildcats fought back and scored six runs in the next inning to secure the lead and take home the 10-8 victory over the Bonnies.
The Wildcats got the first run on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning as Briana Fujii's (San Jose, Calif.) reach on an error by the St. Bonaventure third baseman allowed Shea Palmer (Scottsdale, Ariz.) to pass through home plate.
The Bonnies came back swinging hard and notched three runs of their own in the top of the second to go up 3-1. Villanova would go scoreless in the second inning.
St. Bonaventure continued to pressure Villanova offensively as a series of stolen bases and Wildcat errors earned the Bonnies three more runs, giving them a big 6-1 lead over Villanova in the middle of the third inning.
Villanova came out strong in the bottom of the third inning, coming back from the five-run deficit to take control of the game 7-6. Beth Smetana (San Diego, Calif.), Valerie Ortega (Ventura, Calif.) and Amanda Marquez (Miami, Fla.) all got on base with singles and a wild pitch moved Smetana home scoring for the Wildcats. With Marquez and Ortega on second and third base, respectively, Julie Smith's (Dana Point, Calif.) double down the infield line allowed both girls to score and tie up the game. But the Wildcats weren't done with their scoring run yet. Taylor Secemski (Scottsdale, Ariz.) got her first collegiate hit and junior Ali Lowe (West Palm Beach, Fla.) singled to right field and earned an RBI as Julie Smith was able to run home.
Aleshia Ayers (Sacramento, Calif.) earned herself two RBI's in the third inning with a grounded hit to the St. Bonaventure short stop. Shea Palmer and Ali Lowe were able to score and Villanova would have the one-run lead and maintain a lead for the remainder of the game.
St. Bonaventure would continue to fight back scoring a run in the fourth and sixth innings, but Villanova's defense held back the Bonnies from gaining back the lead for the remainder of the contest.
Villanova made sure their lead was secured in the sixth inning as Amanda Marquez earned and RBI with her single through the left side and two more players rounded the bases to put the Wildcats ahead of the Bonnies 10-8. Villanova out-hit St. Bonaventure 12-7 and each team committed five errors.
Villanova featured three pitchers in the afternoon victory. Kaity Sitzman (Tucson, Ariz.) got her first start of the year and pitched two innings. Ali Angelbello (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) saw action in the circle as she struck out one batter. The two pitchers gave up all seven of St. Bonaventure's hits. Rookie Kate Poppe (Downingtown, Pa.) finished out the game and struck out three batters. Poppe was credited with the win, giving her a 2-0 record on the season.
The team will have another two-game day tomorrow, Saturday, as they face Minnesota at 9 AM and the host team, FGCU at 1:30. Fans can follow the Wildcats through FGCU's Live StatsPage.