April 26, 2014
CHICAGO, Ill. - Although the pitching staff held the conference's best offensive attack in check with only five hits, the Villanova softball team was unable to take advantage as the Blue Demons defeated the Wildcats 3-0 in game two of Saturday's doubleheader at Cacciatore Stadium in Chicago, Ill.
The Villanova softball team falls to 17-30 overall and 5-12 in the BIG EAST as DePaul (34-8) captures its sixth-straight conference series to move to 15-0 in the league.
Poppe collects the loss in a solid effort against a team that is hitting .342 in the conference. The sophomore righty whiffed six batters and allowed three runs, only one of those earned in 4.0 innings in the circle.
Shea Palmer notched a leadoff double to begin the second inning and threaten the Blue Demons early. Villanova was unable to benefit from the situation and push a run across as Mary Connolly tallied three consecutive outs to end the inning. The junior righty picked up her sixth triumph on the mound.
A solo shot by Staci Bonzack in the second inning gave DePaul an early advantage.
The next inning, DePaul extended its lead to 3-0 when Morgan Maize singled with two outs to drive in a pair of runners from second and third base. Both runs were unearned as a leadoff fielding error in left field began the frame.
Poppe tossed a scoreless fourth before Kaity Sitzman spelled the sophomore in the fifth inning. Sitzman was outstanding during her two hitless innings out of the bullpen.
Chase Snell ripped her fifth double of the season during her three plate appearances on the day.
The Wildcats return to the diamond tomorrow for the rubber match. First pitch is set for 11 a.m. (CT).