March 2, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. - Villanova (4-4) suffered their third loss at the UCF Spring Fling tournament to Ole Miss 7-0 Saturday morning. The Wildcats couldn't capitalize offensively and were left scoreless after seven innings. Freshman Sierra McConnell led the team with two of Villanova's five hits.
The Rebels struck early in the top of the first as a single followed by a sacrificial bunt allowed Ole Miss to get on the scoreboard and take the 1-0 lead. Taylor Olafson (Jacksonville, Fla.) put pressure on Ole Miss in the bottom of the first with a sacrificial bunt that moved Shea Palmer (Scottsdale, Ariz.) to second base. Beth Smetana's (San Diego, Calif.) single put Palmer in perfect scoring position on third, but the Wildcats couldn't manage to get a score.
Sierra McConnell (Katy, Texas) got her first of two hits in the bottom of the second inning and Ali Lowe (West Palm Beach, Fla.) also was able to get a piece of the ball for a single. Ole Miss came out blazing in the top of the third; a double followed by a reach on an error earned the Rebels two more runs, giving them the 3-0 lead.
Freshman Taylor Secemski (Scottsdale, Ariz.) got her collegiate debut in the top of the fourth replacing Kate Poppe (Downingtown, Pa.) at pitcher. Ole Miss continued to keep up their offensive pace and scored again in the fifth inning. They notched three runs in the top of the sixth after a single followed by a triple put them up 7-0 with only two chances left for Villanova to score.
The Wildcats got on base with reaches from Valerie Ortega (Ventura, Calif.) and Amanda Marquez (Miami, Fla.) in the bottom of the sixth, but again, they would be unable to score. Shea Palmer's single and stolen base in the bottom of the seventh wasn't enough to put the `Cats on the scoreboard. The Rebels would take the win in the morning contest held in Orlando.
The Wildcats will continue play at the UCF Spring Fling this afternoon at 2 PM when they take on local-rivals Penn.