Feb. 23, 2013
FORT MEYERS, Fla. - Villanova (3-1) suffered their first loss of the season 3-7 to the host of the FGCU Tournament Eagles this afternoon. The Wildcats put up a good effort, but couldn't come back from a four run homerun by FGCU in the third inning. Sophomore Beth Smetana had her second homerun of the afternoon and senior Valerie Ortega led the team offensively with two RBI's.
The Wildcats couldn't get a hit off in the first three innings of play and pitcher Ali Angelbello (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) held back the Eagles from scoring in their first two innings. The game took a turn in the bottom of the fourth when FCGU's Jessica Barnes put the Eagles up 3-0 with a homerun to left center. FGCU had a few more hits in the third and scored one more run from a walk on a bases loaded scenario.
Beth Smetana (San Diego, Calif.) came right out of the gate in the top of the fourth inning with her second homerun of the afternoon down the left field line to put the Wildcats on the scoreboard down 3-1 to FGCU. The Eagles would also score in the fourth and take the 5-1 edge with three innings to play.
Senior Valerie Ortega (Ventura, Calif.) kept Villanova in the game in the top of the fifth inning with a single to right field that brought in two runs, earning her 2 RBI's. Unfortunately those two runs would be the Wildcat's last of the afternoon as FGCU would score a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth and after a scoreless seventh inning for Villanova, the Eagles would take the 7-3 win.
Ali Angelbello and Kaity Sitzman (Tucson, Ariz.) split the pitching duties in the afternoon match up versus FGCU. Angelbello struck out three batters and gave up three hits. Sitzman stepped in for Angelbello in the middle of the third inning and would finish out the game.
The Wildcats will finish up their time in Ft. Meyers tomorrow morning when they face Michigan State at 11:15 AM.