April 9, 2011
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova softball team let a lead slip away in game two of Saturday's doubleheader against DePaul and dropped a 7-4 decision to the Blue Demons.
A double from sophomore Amanda Marquez in the bottom of the seventh inning produced one run, but the Wildcats (15-20-1, 2-6 BIG EAST) could not top the Blue Demons (22-11, 7-1 BIG EAST).
Marquez went 2-for-2 in the game with one run scored. Senior Christina Botkins, juniors Jamie O'Hara and Kristi Burlin and freshman Brittany Ewing each posted one run. Botkins and Burlin had two RBI and one RBI, respectively, while junior Shannon O'Brien produced one RBI.
Villanova wasted no time to get its offense rolling as O'Hara led off with a bunt single and then stole second. After O'Hara advanced to third on a groundout from freshman Ali Lowe, Burlin connected on an RBI single to centerfield for the game's first run and a 1-0 lead.
The Blue Demons answered in the bottom of the first inning and tied the game on a fieder's choice RBI. DePaul took a 2-1 lead after scoring in the top of the fifth inning.
Marquez led off the bottom of the fifth with a single to left field and Ewing followed with a single to right field. Redshirt freshman Taylor Olafson came in to pinch run for Marquez who was on second base and both runners moved up one base on a sacrifice bunt from O'Brien. Botkins shined on her senior day and came in to pinch hit and connected on a huge two RBI single to left centerfield which gave Villanova a 3-2 edge.
DePaul used the top of the sixth inning to regain its lead with a three-run inning on two hits and added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Marquez turned a lead-off double into a run after a groundout from O'Brien in the bottom of the seventh inning, but the comeback was not enough as the Blue Demons swept both games in the day.
Junior Caitlyn Delahaba threw a complete game allowing seven hits while striking out three batters.
Villanova will conclude the three-game series on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.