April 24, 2005
CHESTNUT HILL, MASS. - Senior Shannon Williams (Macungie, Pa.) set a new school record for strikeouts in a seasaon when she threw her 230th, and senior Lisa Krueger's (Mission Viejo, Calif.) first inning home run was the 200th hit of her career as the Villanova softball team split a BIG EAST doubleheader with Boston College Sunday afternoon at Shea Field. The Wildcats won the first game, 6-5 in 10 innings, while the Eagles bounced back to take the second 10-inning contest, 4-3. With the split, the Eagles are 16-20 on the season and 4-6 in the BIG EAST. Villanova is 32-22 overall and 6-8 in the BIG EAST.
In the first game, both teams combined for eight homeruns that accounted for 10 of the 11 total runs scored. Villanova opened the first inning with a leadoff single and two-run homer to take a quick 2-0 lead. BC cut the lead in half when Ashley Obrest belted a solo homerun in the second inning. Villanova went up 4-1 with a pair of homers in the third inning and added another solo shot in the fifth for a 5-1 lead. Elena Ferrero belted a three-run homer in the fifth to make it 5-4 and Obrest tied the game at five with her second homerun of the game in the sixth inning. Villanova won the game with a single run in the ninth, manufactured from a single, sacrifice bunt, ground out that moved the runner to third, and RBI single.
In the second game, Villanova struck first once again. The Wildcats smacked two hits in the first, pushing across a run. The Eagles tied it in the fifth on an RBI single by Amanda Booth that plated Michelle Daly who reached on a fielder's choice. After Villanova scored a pair in the seventh on a two-run homerun, BC struck back in the bottom of the same inning. Britney Thompson belted a two-run homer to tie the game. The Eagles won in the bottom of the tenth when Kristin Allain smacked a double to right center that plated Carley McNary who led off with a single.
Thompson collected the win in the circle, striking out five en route to improving to 8-7 on the season.