April 11, 2013
PHILADEPLPHIA, Pa. - The Villanova Wildcats scored five runs in the top half of the first inning, with three coming on a home run off the bat off Beth Smetana, and cruised to a 9-0 victory over the Penn Quakers in a game played Thursday evening at Penn Park here.
With the win, Villanova improves to 15-20 overall, 2-9 in the BIG EAST. This was VU's second victory of the 2013 campaign over the Quakers - the Wildcats posted a 7-1 triumph when the two teams met in Orlando, Fla. on March 2.
Freshman pitcher Kate Poppe allowed one hit over three innings to gain credit for the win, her 15th of the season. Kaity Sitzman and Samantha Blemker each hurled an inning without surrendering a run to help complete the five inning shutout for the Wildcats.
Amanda Gisoni absorbed the loss for the Quakers, who saw a four-game winning streak snapped and fall to 17-14 on the season.
The Wildcats put runners on the corners with one out in the first frame and third baseman Brianna Fujii pushed a single through the left side of the infield to plate the first run of the night. Sierra McConnell followed with another RBI single for the Cats and VU had a quick 2-0 lead.
The big blow of the game came on the next at bat when Smetana drilled a 3-run home run over the center field fence to stake the Wildcats to a five run advantage before the Quakers had been to the plate.
Villanova added two more runs in the runs in the second inning and another pair in the third to build the nine run cushion. The `Cats produced those runs on 10 hits.
The batting stars were many for Villanova on this night. Senior Amanda Marquez had two hits and scored twice. In addition, freshman center fielder Shea Palmer contributed two hits while Fujii finished with 2 RBI. Junior Ali Lowe and freshman Sara Ruiz also had base hits for the `Cats.
The Wildcats will have Friday off before returning to the Villanova Softball Complex on Saturday for a non-conference doubleheader against Monmouth University. Game one is set to begin at noon and will be webcast via the Nova Nation All-Access Pass at villanova.com.