March 16, 2014
NEWARK, Del. - Kaity Sitzman was solid in her second victory of the year as the Villanova softball team topped Delaware 4-1 Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Delaware Invitational.
The Wildcats wrap up their tournament schedule 8-12, while Sitzman improves to 2-4 on the bump. The senior allowed two runs on three hits in 5.1 inning of work. She fanned three of the 19 batters that she faced.
Villanova jumped to an early lead in the top of the first after scoring two runs on Blue Hen starter Kelly Lupton. With one out, Shea Palmer singled and came around to score following her fifth stolen base of the season and back-to-back wild pitches. Chase Snell and Sierra McConnell drew consecutive walks and moved up on wild pitches allowing Stephanie Butler to drive Snell home on a ground ball to the shortstop.
The next inning, Villanova would push another run across the plate to extend its lead to 3-0. Kate Poppe drew a leadoff walk and came around to score on a fielding error by the second baseman.
For the third consecutive inning to begin the game, the Wildcats scored a run to take a 4-0 advantage. McConnell reached on a single to second before Butler ripped an RBI double to left center. The run batted in was Butler's second of the game and fifth of the season.
In the bottom of the fifth, a Blue Hen single followed by an RBI double would spell Sitzman up 4-2. With one out and a runner on third, Poppe came in and picked off the runner and forced the next batter to ground out to halt the Delaware threat.
Despite putting two runners on in the latter half of the seventh, Poppe would register a strikeout, fly out and pop up to close the door on the Blue Hens and earn her first save of the season. The sophomore lowered her ERA to 1.34 after allowing one hit and no runs in 1.2 innings of relief ball.
McConnell went 2-3 with a run scored and a walk in the cleanup spot. Butler continued her hot hitting going 2-4 with two RBI. Elise Alvarado came off the bench and recorded her first hit of the season in the fifth inning.
The Wildcats return to the diamond for a doubleheader Tuesday at Temple (7-11). First pitch is slated for 2:30 p.m.
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