March 1, 2014
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Villanova softball team dropped its second consecutive game of the day as Kennesaw State defeated the Wildcats 7-0 Saturday at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, Fla.
On the verge of a perfect game by Owls ace Amanda Henderson, Shea Palmer lined a double down the left field line in the Wildcats last at-bats to break up the senior's no-hitter. Henderson controlled the tempo throughout the afternoon, allowing only one runner on base the entire seven innings. Kennesaw State was able to move to 8-7 after splitting a doubleheader behind their ace's back as she allowed one hit and struck out 11 batters
After four games at the USF Under Armour Invitational, Villanova's record stands at 5-4 on the season and an even .500 for the tournament. Kaity Sitzman falls to 1-1 on the bump this season after surrendering six runs, three earned in three innings of work.
The Owls would get going in the top of the third inning behind a couple of hits and errors to put three runs on the board. After a passed ball following a strikeout allowed the first runner to reach to lead off the inning, Sitzman would get the next batter to pop out on a bunt. Natalie Rhodes would single to center field before an error by Brette Lawrence at firstbase allowed the first run of the game to be scored. Kennesaw State would plate another run due to an error by the catcher following a fly out to the right fielder to give the Wildcats two outs. Sitzman would give up another run after the umpire called her for an illegal pitch.
The following inning, the Owls would extend their lead with more four more runs to put the game out of Villanova's reach. A leadoff walk followed by an RBI double to center field would put Kennesaw State up 4-0. A single by Missy Perkowski would move a runner to third base and eventually come around to score following another illegal pitch. Jordan Prutzer would relieve Sitzman and limit the Owls to one run due to an error by Ali Lowe.
Prutzer was solid out of the bullpen for the second straight game, finishing with no earned runs given up in two innings. Brette Lawrence tossed an inning and shut the door on Kennesaw's attack.
The Wildcats return to the clay Sunday afternoon for a doubleheader against Campbell and former conference rival USF. First pitch is at 1:30 p.m. at the USF Softball Stadium in Tampa.