March 30, 2005
VILLANOVA, Pa. - A two-run homer in top of the sixth inning during the second game of a double header gave Maryland the lead for good and the Terrapins (14-10) took two from the Wildcats (19-11) on Wednesday afternoon at the Villanova Softball Field. Maryland won the first game 5-0, followed by a 4-3 victory in the second game.
The Terps, who scored all five of their first game runs in the second inning, were able to capitalize of some of the Wildcats' defensive miscues to run away with the lead.
In the first inning, starting pitcher Kristen Haynes (Fairfax, Calif.) quickly retired the first three batters. Villanova then was able to send freshman Jackie Dempsey (Lexington, Mass.) to first on a pitching error by Elyse Lucas. However, the `Cats were unable to advance, as Dempsey was thrown out on a fielder's choice and senior Sarah Wall (Hollywood, Fla.) then grounded out to end the inning.
The top of the second inning proved more successful for Maryland, which scored all its runs in the single frame. Junior Nikki Smith was the first to reach base, as she singled for the first hit of the day. Senior Crystal Rizzutto then reached on a fielding error to advance Smith. Senior Lauren Pollock reached on another fielding error to load the bases. Junior Natalie Grossman's bases loaded walk sent Smith across home plate for the Terps' first run.
Haynes then came up with a kill, striking out senior Nneka Cardoza before freshman Jenny Belak came up with a three-RBI single to score Grossman, Pollock and Rizzutto and the Terps sent two in a row across home plate on another defensive error from the `Cats.
The final run for Maryland came from Belak, who crossed home on an RBI-single from senior Crystal Tweedy.
Haynes took the loss, pitching five innings, striking out five and allowing just one walk. Senior Kari Koller (Rocklin, Calif.) highlighted the offensive efforts of Villanova, going 2-for-3 at bat and collecting half of Villanova's hits for the game. Freshman Kat Walsh (Los Angeles, Calif.) pitched two innings in relief, striking out three and not allowing any walks or runs. All five Maryland runs were unearned, as Haynes pitched a very defensive game for Villanova.
After a shaky second inning, Villanova allowed nothing, stifling Maryland's offense, which only came up with four hits for the game.
Villanova found its offensive rhythm in the second game, coming up with eight hits, including a home run.
Sophomore shortstop Sheri Donley (Orange, Calif.) led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run to left field to put the Wildcats up 1-0. Dempsey's infield grounder got her on base and senior Lisa Krueger (Mission Viejo, Calif.) sacrificed to advance Dempsey. However, Maryland held the Wildcats to their single run in the first, and made them push for more in each inning that followed.
In the bottom of third inning, Dempsey's second infield grounder got her on base but she was then caught stealing for just the second time this season. After Krueger walked, Koller lined a hit into left center to reach first and advance Krueger. Senior Allie Wisniewski (Smithtown, N.Y.) sent senior Jessica Aditays' pitch over her head to load the bases with just one out. With three balls and two strikes on a bases-loaded pitch, Sophomore Cassie Koenig (Las Vegas, Nev.) singled and the shortstop Cardoza threw home but Krueger beat her there to score Villanova's second run of the game.
Maryland did not reach base until the top of the fourth when senior Crystal Tweedy singled and Lindsay Klein hit into center field to double and put runners at second and third. Starting pitcher Shannon Williams (Macungie, Pa.) then came up with a huge strike out, retiring Keri Lounge. Lauren Pollock followed with a two-run double to tie the game at 2-2.
In the bottom of the fourth, sophomore Lindsey Martin (Sammamish, Wash.) worked a full count to draw a walk. Donley lined out but advanced Martin in the process. Krueger's base hit sent Martin home as she slid around the catcher and beat Rachel Greyson to earn the Wildcats' third run and help Villanova recapture the lead, 3-2.
The Wildcats held off the Terps rallying attempts in the fifth inning as the first three batters were retired with no hits.
Abbey Welch came to pitch for Maryland in the bottom of the fifth inning after Aditays gave up three runs and eight hits in four innings.
That move proved to be what the Terps needed to stop Villanova offensively, as Welsh did not allow a hit in the three innings that she pitched.
In the top of the sixth inning, Maryland sealed the win when Keri Lounge blasted a two-run homer to put the Terps up for good, 4-3, in the top of the sixth inning.
After that, Villanova was unable to get the one run it needed to send the game to extra innings, and Maryland was able to sweep the double header against a very stubborn Wildcat team.
Williams pitched all seven innings, striking out six and not allowing any walks.
The Wildcats return to action on Saturday, April 2, when they open Big East play at home. Villanova will host Pittsburgh on Saturday at 12 p.m. and Notre Dame on Sunday at 11 a.m.