April 26, 2014
CHICAGO, Ill. - Despite limiting the BIG EAST's best offensive attack to only six hits, the Villanova softball team falls to 5-11 in the BIG EAST as DePaul (33-8, 14-0 BIG EAST) defeats the Wildcats (17-29) by a final score of 6-1 in game one of Saturday afternoon's doubleheader at Cacciatore Stadium in Chicago, Ill. The six hits by the Blue Demons is tied for their least amount of base knocks during a BIG EAST game.
In the lineup for the first time since April 13 against Butler, Ali Lowe notched an 0-2 pitch for a single and give Villanova its first runner of the game in the top of the second inning. The team put pressure on Verdun when Stepanie Butler reached on an infield single and stole second for Villanova's second theft of the inning before the ace got Ali Angelbello to pop out and end the threat.
DePaul took an early advantage in the third when Mary Connolly hit a two-run home run with two outs for her 12th long ball of the year. Following a double by Dylan Christensen, Kaity Sitzman came in to relieve starter Kate Poppe and register the final out of the inning.
Despite the early exit, Poppe looked solid and was keeping the conference's best attack on their heels until that long ball. The sophomore struck out the side in the second inning before allowing two runs in 2.2 innings of work on the bump.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Blue Demons pushed four runs across the plate with two outs to extend their lead to 6-0. Freshman Jordan Prutzer relieved Sitzman and recorded a strikeout to end the inning. Sitzman surrendered four runs on two hits in an inning in the circle.
Prutzer overpowered DePaul in the sixth with a pair of strikeouts, while retiring the side in order. The freshman lefty tossed 2.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
With runners on first and second in the fifth, leadoff hitter Lauren Herschberg ripped the first pitch she saw up the middle to plate Natalia Segovia for her 13th RBI and put the Wildcats on the board. The run was charged to Hannah Penna, who subbed in for Kirsten Verdun to begin the inning. Verdun grabbed her 24th win of the season.
Both Butler and Lowe finished 1-3 at the plate with a stolen base. Freshmen Chase Snell and Herschberg added hits as well for the Wildcats.