Game 1 Box Score
Hackensack, N.J. – The Villanova softball team (27-14) defeated the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (3-27) in both games of a doubleheader on Thursday afternoon. The Wildcats won the first game 10-0 in six innings and the second game by a final score of 5-2 in nine innings.
Villanova got off to a fast start in the first inning, as the team crossed the plate five times to take an early lead. With one out, Brittany Husk reached on an error to third base, and she advanced to second on the play. Husk scored on Dana Morris’ double to put the Wildcats ahead 1-0. Back-to-back walks were issued to Megan Ruiz and Chase Snell to load the bases later in the inning. Caroline Jones entered the batter’s box, and she also walked to allow Morris to cross the plate.
In the next at-bat, Kendall Ohman singled up the middle to bring home Ruiz and give the team a 3-0 advantage. Jordan Olivarez stepped up to the plate moments later, and she reached on a fielding error to first to give Snell the opportunity to come home. A walk was then issued to Lauren Herschberg with the bases loaded in the next at-bat, giving Villanova a 5-0 lead.
The Wildcats added another run in the top of the second inning. Nikki Alden hit her ninth home run of the season, a solo shot to left center, to put her team ahead 6-0.
Villanova extended its lead to 10-0 in the top of the sixth inning. Ruiz led off the frame with a walk, and she moved to second on a single by Snell. Ohman then loaded the bases with a single to first base. With two outs in the inning, Lauren Herschberg reached on a fielder’s choice, allowing Ruiz to score. Three straight walks to Husk,
Brette Lawrence (W, 18-7) pitched four scoreless innings to get the win on the mound. She allowed just four hits and struck out three batters. Kalee Smith went on to pitch the final two innings of the game, and she didn’t allow a hit.
Nikki Alden needs two more home runs to tie the program’s single-season mark currently held by Ricci Lugo and Meghan Morese. Alden was 2-for-4 in the game with two RBIs and a run. Chase Snell went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs, and Kendall Ohman was 3-for-3 with a run and RBI.
Villanova started the second game of the doubleheader with a run in the first inning. Brittany Husk doubled to left center with one out in the frame. In the next at-bat, Dana Morris singled through the left side to move Husk over to third base. Husk was able to steal home to give Villanova a 1-0 lead.
Fairleigh Dickinson answered with a run in the bottom half of the inning. Reanna Cervantes singled to center field to start the offense, and she moved over to second on a groundout by Madison Emerson. Kellie
The score remained that way until the bottom of the sixth, despite the Wildcats loading the bases in the third inning. Dana Morris and Nikki Alden drew walks with one out in the frame, and Natalia Segovia singled to left center to load the bases. However, a double play ended the scoring threat.
The Knights took a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning. Emerson was hit by a pitch, and she advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt. Ports came on to pinch run for Emerson, and she scored on Meehan’s single through the left side to give Fairleigh Dickinson the lead.
Villanova responded with a run in the top of the seventh. Lauren Herschberg started the inning with a double down the left field line, and she moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Brittany Husk. Dana Morris doubled to right center to bring in Herschberg and tie the game at 2-2.
Fairleigh Dickinson nearly won the game in the bottom of the eighth inning. Cheryl Lopez hit a double to right center, and she moved over to third on Serena Meehan’s sacrifice bunt. Stephanie Collins entered the batter’s box and hit a fly ball to centerfield that was caught by Megan Ruiz. After the catch, Lopez darted for home, but Ruiz’s throw to the plate was in time to end the inning.
The Wildcats closed out the game with three runs in the top of the ninth inning. Husk led off the inning with her second double of the day, and she moved to third when Morris laid down a sacrifice bunt. Nikki Alden was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners. In the next at-bat, Natalia Segovia reached on a fielder’s choice to score Husk. Alden was safe on the play, and she and Segovia scored in the next at-bat when Chase Snell reached on an error to give Villanova the 5-2 win.
Brette Lawrence (W, 19-7) picked up her second win of the day. She pitched the final 3.2 innings, giving up four hits without allowing a run. Jordan Prutzer started the game, and she went 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out five Fairleigh Dickinson batters.
After hitting a double in both the first and second game, Lauren Herschberg passed Sara Carlson on the all-time Villanova doubles list. She now has 49 doubles for her career and is inching closer to Megan O’Leary’s record of 52. Brittany Husk was 3-for-4 with three doubles and two runs in the game.
Villanova will head to St. John’s this weekend for a BIG EAST Conference series. Saturday’s games can be seen on ESPN 3, and Sunday’s series finale will air on the BIG EAST Digital Network.