April 25, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Villanova (29-20, 3-12) got an outstanding effort in the circle from senior Caitlyn Delahaba and an 11-hit offensive attack supported the pitching effort to lift the Wildcats to a 4-1 win over Georgetown (19-28, 3-11) in the opener of a mid-week BIG EAST doubleheader. Delahaba (16-12) went the distance while allowing base runners in just one inning in her best effort of the season. Junior first baseman Valerie Ortega led the offense with three hits and a run scored while freshman right fielder Beth Smetana had two hits.
Ortega had her first hit in the top of the first, but the Wildcats were unable to build upon the hit. Delahaba had her first of six 1-2-3 innings on the day with three groundouts in the bottom of the first to get off to a good start.
In the top of the second, Villanova developed it's first scoring chance when senior third baseman Kristi Burlin walked to lead off the inning and moved to second on Smetana's single. Freshman second baseman Briana Fujii then bunted them both into scoring position with one out, but a groundout and flyout ended the threat. Delahaba did not allow the Hoyas to gain any momentum as she retired the side in order yet again.
The Wildcats finally broke through in the third with a two-out rally. Ortega hit her second two-out single of the day and she came all the way around to score on a fielding and throwing error by the Georgetown shortstop hit by senior designated player by Molly Manning to put the Wildcats up 1-0 heading to the bottom of the third.
The Hoya third was the only time the entire game where Georgetown developed any kind of offense. Jordan Hansen led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. After a pop out for the second out of the inning, a hit batter put two runners on with two outs. Taylor Koenig then delivered an RBI single to knot the game at 1-1 after three innings.
Villanova again threatened in the fourth, but were unable to take the lead. Smetana led off with a double, but freshman pinch runner Elise Samoy Alvarado was caught in a run down on a bunt single by Fujii for the first out of the inning. Junior catcher Amanda Marquez then doubled to left field to put two runners in scoring position. However, a fly out and fielder's choice ended the inning as Mackensey Carter escaped trouble. Delahaba again did not let the Hoyas develop any momentum by quickly quieting the Hoya bats.
In the top of the fifth, the Wildcats were unable to make anything of a one-out single by junior left fielder Tessa Braga and Delahaba made it seven in a row by sending down Georgetown in order.
The Wildcats finally took the lead for good in the sixth. Burlin led off with a single and Alvarado followed that up with a single to put two runners on with nobody out. Following a strikeout that advanced both freshman pinch runner Kera Pezzuti and Alvarado, Marquez hit a groundball that the first baseman was unable to handle and Pezzuti scored to put the Wildcats on top 2-1. Sophomore shortstop Ali Lowe then executed well by hitting an RBI groundout that also advanced Marquez to third to put Villanova up 3-1. Marquez then scored on a wild pitch uncorked by Carter to put Villanova up 4-1 through five and a half innings. Delahaba kept the momentum going as it was now 10 in a row after she sent Georgetown down in order in the bottom of the sixth.
In the seventh, the Wildcats were unable to make anything of a lead-off single by Ortega, but Delahaba cruised to the finish line by completing the game with 13 consecutive batters retired.
Delahaba threw her school record 71st complete game and got her 6th best 53rd win of her career in the first game of the doubleheader.