April 5, 2005
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Senior pitchers Shannon Williams (Macungie, Pa.) and Kristen Haynes (Fairfax, Calif.) combined to allow just six hit and one run, but Villanova (20-14) was forced to settle for a doubleheader split with local rival Drexel (7-10) in non-conference action played Tuesday afternoon at Drexel Field. The Wildcats took the opening game 2-0, but fell by a 1-0 score in the second game.
The story of the first game was the pitching of Williams, who fired a four-hit shutout and struck out 10 batters to earn her 10th victory of the season. Williams retired the side in order in four of the first five innings, and worked out of a jam in the second inning when the Dragons had runners at second and third with one out.
On the offensive end, Villanova plated single runs in the third and seventh innings to get the victory. Sophomore Lindsey Martin (Sammamish, Wash.) led off the top of the third inning, and reached second on an error by the pitcher. She eventually scored two outs later when senior Krissy Yauch (Tucson, Ariz.) scored on another error.
In the seventh inning, senior Allie Wisniewski (Smithtown, N.Y.) led off with a single, and freshman Jackie Dempsey (Lexington, Mass.) was safe on a fielder's choice on a sacrifice bunt. Freshman Lisa Curran (Las Vegas, Nev.) followed with another fielder's choice bunt, and Wisniewski was thrown out at third on the play. The runners moved up to second and third on a wild pitch, and pinch hitter Greta Holmgren (Somerdale, N.J.) beat out an infield hit that scored Dempsey.
The second game stayed scoreless until the very last play, as the Dragons scored the game's lone run with two out in the bottom of the seventh. Haynes scattered just two hits in 6.2 innings, but the Wildcats committed four errors, one of which eventually led to the game-winning run in the final frame. Haynes allowed a one-out single in the inning, and the next batter attempted a sacrifice bunt. The bunt was mishandled, and Drexel wound up with two runners in scoring position and just one out. A sacrifice fly to left field then gave the Dragons the only run they needed.
Villanova was unable to gain a sweep despite outhitting Drexel 6-2 in the nightcap. Freshman Jessica Curtis (Yorba Linda, Calif.) got a start at third base and responded by going 3-for-3. Curran went 2-for-2 and Wisniewski added the other hit, but the Wildcats stranded six runners in the game. Haynes walked one and struck out one in the game, as her record fell to 10-7 on the season.
The Wildcats will be back home on Thursday afternoon when they return to action with a non-conference doubleheader against St. Joseph's.