March 27, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Despite a strong effort by starter Kaity Sitzman, the Villanova softball team (8-17, 0-3 BIG EAST) dropped a pitcher's duel in game two of its doubleheader as Drexel (10-12) topped the Wildcats, 3-1, Thursday afternoon at the Softball Field on Vidas' Athletics Complex.
With two outs and runners on first and second, Karli Boyer notched a game winning double to left center, driving in both runners in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 3-1 lead.
Taylor drew a walk to lead off the sixth for the Dragons, causing head coach Maria DiBernardi to go to the bullpen. Kate Poppe hit the first batter she faced putting runners on first and second with no outs. The next pitch, catcher Natalia Segovia fired a ball to third base to register the first out of the inning. After a strikeout and a walk, Boyer drove in two runs to propel Drexel to its 10th win of the season.
Sitzman fanned six and gets the no decision after allowing one run on four hits in five innings of work. Poppe falls to 5-12 on the mound when she surrendered two runs in the final inning.
Shelby Taylor moves to 6-4 on the year. She struck out eight and allowed one run on seven hits in the complete game victory.
The Dragons would strike first with one run off Sitzman in the first following a pair of singles to the outfield by Vanessa Lightfoot and Shelby Taylor, respectively.
In the top of the second, Lauren Herschberg and Aleshia Ayers notched back-to-back singles to get the offense rolling for the Wildcats. Taylor buckled down and got three of the next four batters to pop up and strikeout to halt the threat.
Stephanie Butler evened the score in the top of the third when she singled up the middle to drive in Ali Lowe from second base. Lowe reached on a base hit down the left field line and reached scoring position on her sixth stolen base of the year.
Lowe went 2-3 with a run scored. Butler walked and added an RBI on her only hit. Ayers recorded two hits in three at-bats.
The Wildcats will return home for a three game series against conference foe Seton Hall (9-20, 3-0 BIG EAST) beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday (12/2 p.m.)
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