PROVIDENCE, RI- Traveling to Providence looking to break a two-game losing streak after being swept by Boston College (by the scores of 10-4 and 4-2) one day earlier, the Villanova softball team split with the Friars on Sunday, April 5, losing game one 4-2, but coming back to win game two 5-4 . With the split, the Wildcats' record is now 20-12 overall on the season and 4-3 in Big East Conference play.
In game one, the Friars scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to edge the Wildcats in a hard fought extra inning game, 4-2. Pitching outstanding for Villanova in the loss, freshman Keri
Stoller hurled eight and one-third innings giving up four runs on eight hits, while striking out seven and walking three. Senior Kelli McCoy and sophomore Meghan O'Leary led the Wildcat offensive attack with two hits apiece, while sophomore Kristen Verhoff and freshman Gina DeFrancesco had the two Villanova RBI.
In the day's second game, Villanova trailed 4-1 after four innings, but scored four runs in the fifth to beat the Friars 5-4. Senior Jen Cornelius pitched four and one-third innings for the victory, giving up only two earned on two hits, while striking out one. Senior Brenda Roach relieved Cornelius in the fifth, and hurled two and two-thirds no-hit innings for the save, striking out three.
Leading the Cats offense once again was O'Leary who went one-for-four, hitting a two-run homerun in Villanova's four-run fifth inning. Senior Kelly Sparks and freshman Jackie Pasquerella were also key forces for the Wildcat offense, as each hit RBI singles in the deciding fifth inning. Sparks finished the afternoon two-for-four with an RBI, while Pasquerella was one-for-two with an RBI.
The Wildcats will resume their schedule on Tuesday, April 5, as they play host to the Drexel Dragons at 3 p.m.