April 18, 1998
VILLANOVA, Pa.--- Heading into their doubleheader with St. John's first in the Big East South Division at 6-3, the Villanova softball team helped their own cause by sweeping the Red Storm on Saturday, April 18, by the scores of 9-1 and 4-0. With their two victories, the Wildcats improved their record to 30-14 overall and 8-3 in Big East Conference play.
Villanova got off to a quick start in game one scoring three runs in the first inning and went on to score at least one run in every inning, en route to a 9-1 victory. Leading the Wildcat offensive barrage was sophomore Megan O'Leary, who went three-for-four with two runs scored, a double, homerun and three RBI. Seniors Kelli McCoy and Kelly Sparks also contributed three hits on the day, with McCoy going three-for-four with one RBI, and Sparks going three-for-four with a double and two RBI.
On the mound for Villanova, senior Brenda Roach picked up her team-leading ninth victory of the season, pitching four innings and giving up one run on four hits. Sophomore Carrie Walpole came on in the fifth inning, and pitched two scoreless innings to seal the victory.
For St. John's, freshman Gina Calabrese started and took the loss giving up seven runs (six earned) in four and two-thirds innings. On offense for the Red Storm, senior Angelica Rosales went one-for-three and had the team's lone RBI.
In game two, freshman Keri Stoller got the victory for the Wildcats pitching six scoreless innings, and surrendering only three hits and one walk, while striking out two. Walpole came in once again, and pitched a perfect seventh inning, striking out two batters. For St. John's, freshman Michele Crokus took the loss, giving up four runs on eight hits in six innings.
Leading the Wildcat offensive charge was senior Jessica DeLuca who went two-for-three with two runs scored and one RBI. DeLuca scored three runs on the afternoon and broke the Villanova single game run mark (33) and the all-time career run record (110), both held by 1997 graduate
Bridget Baxter. The Wildcats will resume their schedule on Sunday, April 19, traveling to University of Maryland-Baltimore County for a doubleheader at 1 p.m.