April 2, 2013
PRINICETON, N.J. - The Villanova Wildcats dropped a 4-1 decision to the Princeton Tigers here on a cold and blustery day at the Class of 1985 Field. Princeton improves to 18-9 overall while the Wildcats fall to 12-17 overall, 0-6 BIG EAST.
Junior shortstop Ali Lowe delivered two hits and scored a run for the Wildcats while freshman Shea Palmer also contributed a pair of singles to the Villanova cause. VU out-hit the Tigers 9-5 on the day but fell victim to a two run second inning that gave the Tigers a lead they did not relinquish.
The `Cats got off to a fast start when Taylor Olafson led the game off with a single which was followed by a bunt single from Lowe. Designated hitter Beth Smetana also singled in the inning but the Wildcats were unable to plate any of the runners in the frame and the game went to the Tigers half of the first inning scoreless.
Princeton broke the scoreless tie in the home half of the second inning. Senior Alex Peyton opened the inning with a home run over the fence in right center field. The Tigers later picked up an RBI single from Candy Button to extend their advantage to 2-0.
Lowe set the stage for a Wildcats score in the top of the third when she led the inning off with another single. Amanda Marquez delivered a single that sent Lowe to third base and she came around to score on a RBI single off the bat of Julie Smith to shave the gap to 2-1 midway through the third inning.
Princeton responded with a run in its half of the third that was centered around a leadoff single by Lizzie Pierce. She later came around to score to push the lead to 3-1 and then scored the Tigers' fourth run in the fifth inning to extend the margin to 4-1 through five.
Princeton pitcher Shanna Christian set the Wildcats down in order over the final four innings to lock up her fifth victory of the campaign. Kate Poppe (12-10) had seven strikeouts for the `Cats in her six innings of mound work.
The Wildcats resume action this Saturday when they visit Notre Dame for a doubleheader. The first half of the twinbill gets underway at noon. The Wildcats and Fighting Irish will wrap up the series on Sunday with a single game at 11:00 a.m.