April 10, 2014
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - 10 different players combined for a season-best 14 hits and nine runs in a breakout offensive performance that aided the Villanova softball team to its second victory in a row as the Wildcats beat Rider by a final score of 9-2 on Thursday afternoon at the Herb & Joan Young Field in Lawrenceville, N.J.
"This team is really coming around and I am proud of the intensity that we are playing with," Villanova head coach Maria DiBernardi said. "We lost some tough games last weekend to Creighton and I think our youth was a big factor in those games. Once we start to get some more experience under our belts, we will be a tough team to beat."
Winners of back-to-back games, Villanova improves to 12-22 overall and 4-6 away from home as Rider falls to 3-24 on the year. Kaity Sitzman evens her record at 4-4 as she allowed one run on three hits in 4.1 innings on the bump.
Villanova took a 2-0 advantage in the second when Lowe smacked an RBI triple to center field to plate Natalia Segovia, who reached on a double to right field to begin the inning.
Chase Snell added to the lead in the third with an RBI single to bring in Sierra McConnell, who scored her team-high 12th run on the play. Rider retaliated with a solo homerun in the third to cut the deficit to 3-1
The offense then exploded for three runs in the fourth to take a commanding 6-1 lead. Kate Poppe smashed a solo shot to the deepest part of the field for her second career homerun. Lowe doubled and came around to score on a bunt single by Shea Palmer. Two batters later, McConnell notched her team-high 10th RBI on a single to center field.
The scoring wasn't not over for the Wildcats as they tacked on three more runs in the sixth to make it 9-1. Ali Angelbello brought in Herschberg on a single to left field before Snell ripped a two-run double for her ninth RBI.
The Broncos made it 9-2 with a run off Jordan Prutzer in the sixth. The freshman tossed a scoreless seventh to secure the victory.
Lowe, McConnell and Poppe each scored, drove in at least one run and nodded multi-hit showings. Snell led the attack with three RBI on two hits.
The Wildcats return home for a three-game series against new conference foe Butler over the weekend. Before Saturday's noon doubleheader, the team is inviting all of NovaNation to join them for YOUTH DAY. There will be face painting/tattoo stands, giveaways, raffles, an autograph session and more events throughout the day. Will D. Cat will be in attendance so please RSVP to Dkurow2@villanova.edu if you plan to participate in the festivities.
Be sure to follow the team socially on Twitter @VUSoftball, Instagram @novasoftball and Facebook to stay up to date with the latest news, scores and highlights from the Wildcats throughout the season.