Skip to main content Skip to footer
Walk Off Wildcats
Aleshia Ayers came through with a clutch RBI single to propel the Wildcats to a 1-0 victory.

Feb. 28, 2014

Final Stats

VILLANOVA, Pa. - Knotted at zero in the bottom of the seventh inning, Aleshia Ayers came up to the plate with two outs and a runner on second and delivered a game winning single to push the Villanova softball team over Toledo 1-0 in its second walk off victory of the season.

"For a young team like us it's pretty impressive to just stay the course," Villanova head coach Maria DiBernardi said. "They have the confidence to know that they were going to win this ballgame. We stayed slow and steady and that's what wins ballgames."

The Wildcats have won back-to-back games for the second time this season as their record improves to 4-2, while the Rockets fall to 3-8 on the year.

In the bottom of the seventh, Villanova would do the only damage of the game. After Anderson got Poppe to ground out to third base, Sierra McConnell would work the count and draw a seven pitch walk. Ali Angelbello would then ground out to move the runner to scoring position before Ayers notched her second hit of the game and fourth RBI of the season.

Kate Poppe and Emily Anderson would turn the contest into a pitcher's duel as the opposing counterparts combined to allow eight hits and one run, which came in the final at-bat of the game.

Poppe dominated the Rockets with 14 strikeouts and surrendered three hits in the sixth shutout of her career. The sophomore improves to 4-1 on the bump, while dropping her ERA down to 1.55 over 31.2 innings of work.

"Kate bore down when we needed her to and she pitched tremendously today," DiBernardi added.

After a four pitch leadoff walk and a stolen base to begin the game, Poppe would settle down and get Alyssa Smith to fly out to the left fielder before striking out the next two batters to retire the side.

 

 

In the top of the third inning, a Toledo walk followed by a Villanova error put runners on first and second with no outs. Despite a tough situation, Poppe would record three consecutive strikeouts to retire the side

In difficult situations, Poppe seemed to pitch her best, escaping jams with strikeouts in key situations. The Downington, Pa. native allowed only three runners to reach scoring position over the ballgame and struck out the side twice.

In the bottom of the seventh, Villanova would do the only damage of the game. After Anderson got Poppe to ground out to third base, Sierra McConnell would work the count and draw a seven pitch walk. Ali Angelbello would then ground out to move the runner to scoring position before Ayers notched her second hit of the game and fourth RBI of the season.

Ali Lowe, McConnell and Chase Snell each added a hit as the Wildcats finished the game with five singles against Anderson. Villanova will conclude its back-to-back double header against Western Michigan.

Schedule