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Villanova, Pa. – It was a historic afternoon at the Villanova Softball Complex Saturday afternoon as Villanova Wildcats head coach Maria DiBernardi tallied her 800th career victory as Villanova (14-13, 2-3 BIG EAST) beat St. John’s 8-7 in game two on a walk-off single from Lauren Hanna. Villanova took game one 14-1 in five innings.
After both teams failed to score in the top half of the first inning, Villanova plated 10 runs on nine hits in the bottom of the second inning to take a 10-0 lead.
The two big hits in the inning came when Dana Morris hit a three-run double to right center clearing the bases, and Lauren Hanna’s two-run RBI single. Aleshia Ayers (2), Sierra McConnell, Lauren Herschberg, and Brittany Husk all had RBI’s in the inning.
Villanova would add four more runs in the bottom half of third inning as Chase Snell hit an RBI single to centerfield scoring Brittany Husk, and Hanna hit a three-run homerun to center to give Villanova a 14-0 lead.
Kate Poppe went 3.0 innings and picked up her eighth win of the season. Poppe, who had a no-hitter through three innings, gave up just one hit while striking out five.
Hanna was 3-for-3 in the game with five RBI’s. Morris went 1-for-4 with three RBI’s while Ayers was 2-for-3 with two RBI’s.
Game two was much more of a back-and-forth affair between the Wildcats and Red Storm.
The Red Storm would respond right away as Kaitlyn Wilkens hit a two-run homerun off Villanova starter Jordan Prutzer to give St. John’s a 2-1 lead.
Hanna, who had a monster game one, smacked a solo homerun in the bottom of the second inning to knot the game at 2-2.
St. John’s would add two more runs to retake the lead at 4-2 in the top half of the third inning. After Villanova Hanna walked and Ayers doubled to center, McConnell hit a three-run homerun off St. John’s starter Megan Morris to give VU a 5-4 lead.
The Red Storm fought back once again in the top half of the fifth inning with three runs on four hits to take a 7-5 lead.
The resilient Wildcats would fight right back in the bottom half of the inning thanks to the long ball. Husk would lead off the inning with a solo homerun to left field to cut the St. John’s lead to 7-6. After Morris flied out, Nikki Alden belted a solo shot to centerfield to tie the game at 7-7.
Neither team would score until the bottom of the seventh inning as Villanova would win in dramatic fashion. Morris led off the inning with single to left field. Alden would lay down a beautiful SAC bunt to move Morris over the second with one out.
Hanna would hit a walk off RBI single up the middle scoring Tilles to give Villanova an 8-7 victory and DiBernardi her 800th career win.
Hanna was 2-for-3 with two RBI’s and Alden knocked in two runners as well. In total, Hanna was 5-for-8 with seven RBI’s and two homeruns Saturday.
Villanova scored 23 runs total on 26 hits in the two games Saturday.
Poppe (9-9), who came in relieve of Prutzer, picked up her ninth win of the season. She went 4.1 innings with scattering just four hits while striking out one.
Villanova will close out the series tomorrow with a noon start at the Villanova Softball Complex. The game can be seen on the BIG EAST Digital Network on Fox Sports Go. Link can be found here.
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