March 4, 2005
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. -- Senior Lisa Krueger (Mission Viejo, Calif./Aliso Niguel) hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to break a scoreless tie and help lift the Wildcats over Stony Brook in a 2-0 win on Friday afternoon at Gahagen Field during day one of the Charleston Southern Invitational. Earlier in the day, Villanova (9-5) defeated Eastern Tennessee State, 2-0.
In the first game, versus the Buccaneers, senior Allie Wisniewski (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown) led off with a single in the second inning. With one out, sophomore Lindsey Martin (Sammamish, Wash./Eastlake) also hit a single to put two runners on base. Sophomore Sheri Donley (Orange, Calif./Villa Park) was then hit by a pitch to reach first and load the bases.
Senior Veronica Alvarez (Miami, Fla./Carrollton) pinch hit a grounder to second and was out on a fielder's choice, but senior Krissy Yauch (Tucson, Ariz/St. Gregory College Prep), who pinch ran for Wisniewski, scored as a result, giving the `Cats a 1-0 lead.
In the third inning, Wisniewski hit a home run, her first of the season, to put Villanova up, 2-0.
Senior Kristen Haynes (Fairfax, Calif./Sir Francis Drake) pitched the win for Villanova, striking out 11 and only allowing three hits.
In the second game vs. the Seawolves, the teams played to a scoreless tie that would force extra innings.
In the eighth, freshman Carolyn Brown (Oklahoma City, Okla./Bishop McGuinnes Catholic) started on second base due to the international tiebreak rules. Donley reached on an error and then freshman Jackie Dempsey (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) singled to load the bases.
Krueger's sacrifice fly would score Brown to break the tie and put Villanova up 1-0. Senior Sarah Wall (Hollywood, Fla./American Heritage) then came to bat and hit an RBI-single to score Donley and give the `Cats their 2-0 win. It was Wall's 12th RBI of the season. She currently leads the team in that category.
Senior Shannon Williams (Macungie, Pa./Emmaus) was the winning pitcher for Villanova, striking out 12 and only allowing one hit on the afternoon.
The Wildcats return to action on Saturday, facing Georgia State at 10 a.m. and UNC-Wilmington at 2 p.m.