April 27, 2011
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova softball team returned to action on Wednesday afternoon hosting a conference doubleheader against Rutgers. After a short rain delay, the Wildcats ( 15-29-1, 2-15 BIG EAST) dropped a 4-2 decision to the Scarlet Knights (19-25, 7-8 BIG EAST).
Villanova combined for nine hits in the game, while holding the Scarlet Knights to just six hits.
Junior Caitlyn Delahaba threw a complete game striking out four batters while allowing four runs.
Sophomores Amanda Marquez and Valerie Ortega notched two hits apiece in the game, while Marquez scored one run. Freshman Ali Lowe also went 2-for-3 in the contest. Juniors Jamie O'Hara and freshman Brittany Ewing each recorded one hit.
Marquez notched a single up the middle to reach first in the bottom of the first inning and moved to second when Ortega connected on a single up the middle. Burlin hit a sacrifice fly ball which advance Marquez to third, but both runners were stranded as the inning concluded.
In the third inning redshirt freshman Taylor Olafson walked to lead off the inning and advanced when O'Hara bunted and reached first on an error from the Scarlet Knights. Marquez walked to load the bases, but Olafson was forced out at home as Ortega grounded into a double play for the first outs of the inning. With O'Hara at third and Marquez at second, Burlin was walked to load the bases, but three were left stranded when Marquez was thrown out at third base.
Rutgers got on the board first in the top of the fourth inning with a lead-off single and an RBI triple for a 1-0 lead. The Scarlet Knights added one more run to extend their lead to 2-0.
Marquez connected for her second hit of the day with a double into centerfield in the bottom of the fifth inning. After a long at-bat from Ortega, she notched a single to the second baseman and moved Marquez to third with just one out. Burlin launched a double into right centerfield to tie the game at 2-2 after Marquez and pinch runner Shannon O'Brien, who completed a slide into the plate, reached home. Burlin advanced to third on the throw.
The Scarlet Knight regained a 4-2 lead in the top of the sixth inning.
O'Hara tried to help Villanova to a comeback in the bottom of the seventh with a hit, but was left stranded as Rutgers' pitcher Abbey Houston worked her way out of the inning retiring the Cats' next three batters.