Villanova Falls to Temple, 1-0
April 26, 2005
VILLANOVA, Pa. - A solo home run in the second was all Temple needed to defeat the Wildcats, and Villanova (32-23) fell to the Owls (14-27), 1-0, on Tuesday afternoon in the Villanova Softball Field in a single, non-conference game.
Temple's Aida Esquer blasted a solo home run in the second inning for the only score of the game from either side.
Villanova tried to answer back in the second but both seniors Krissy Yauch (Tucson, Ariz.) and Sarah Wall (Hollywood, Fla.) were the victims of a double play and Villanova went down in the second inning with just one hit, a single from Yauch.
Haynes kept the Owls off base for the majority of the time, allowing a single from Esquer but retired the next two batters and Esquer's pinch runner, Kelly Swartwood, was out on a run down between second and third base.
In the bottom of fifth, Wall and Yauch found themselves in the same predicament, as Yauch reached on a single and Wall, a one-out batter, grounded into a double play to end the inning. At the top of the sixth inning, Temple still maintained its one run lead.
Senior Veronica Alvarez (Miami, Fla.) lined a base hit in the bottom of the sixth, and freshman Kayla Felty (Schuylkill Haven, Pa.), who pinch ran for Alvarez, got to second on a wild pitch from Richelle Villescas. Villescas managed to retire the side though, and Villanova was held scoreless.
In the top of the seventh, Temple's Adrienne Repsher led off with a double before being replaced by pinch runner Amanda Carver. Lauren Gutscher advanced Carver on a sacrifice bunt before Haynes intentionally walked Esquer. With one out, Haynes came up with a crucial strike out for the second out, as Makeala Compton went down swinging. Esquer stole second to put runners on second and third, but Haynes threw another strike out and Shawn Casey also struck and in the bottom of the seventh, Villanova was still within one run.
Villanova's last chance came in the bottom of the seventh. Sophomore Cassie Koenig (Las Vegas, Nev.) led off with a single, but sophomore Lindsey Martin (Sammamish, Wash.), who pinch ran, was thrown out after senior Kari Koller (Rocklin, Calif.) popped up and Martin was caught between first and second.
Offensively, Yauch was 2-for-2, while sophomore shortstop Sheri Donley (Orange, Calif), Koenig and Alvarez each had one hit.
Haynes, who falls to 12-11 on the season, pitched a complete game and totaled six strikeouts and one walk while allowing just three hits.
Villanova will return to action when it heads to Princeton for a non-conference double header on Thursday, April 28, at 3 p.m.