Wildcats Sneak Past Tigers For Doubleheader Sweep
April 28, 2005
PRINCETON, N.J. - Sophomore Cassie Koenig (Las Vegas, Nev.) hammered a solo home run in the sixth inning of game one to break a 1-1 tie and senior Lisa Krueger (Mission Viejo, Calif.) scored her 100th career run in game two as Villanova (34-23) went on to take a Thursday afternoon doubleheader from Princeton (33-18) at the Class of 1985 Field, winning the first game, 3-1, and then taking the second, 4-1.
In the first game, the Tigers struck first in the bottom of the second when Erin Snyder hit a solo bomb to give Princeton an early 1-0 advantage.
The Wildcats answered back in the fourth starting with a leadoff walk from Krueger. After Koenig struck out, senior Kari Koller (Rocklin, Calif.) came in with a single to advance Krueger to second. Koller's single was immediately followed by one from senior Allie Wisniewski (Smithtown, N.Y.), which put two runners in scoring position. Senior Krissy Yauch (Tucson, Ariz.) popped up for the second out, but senior Sarah Wall (Hollywood, Fla.) came up with the crucial RBI-single, a shot to left field, which scored Krueger to put the `Cats even with the Tigers.
Princeton's first run would be its last, but Villanova broke the tie when Koenig led off the sixth inning with her fourth homer of the season that put the `Cats up 2-1.
In the seventh, Villanova scored its final run off an RBI-single from sophomore Sheri Donley (Orange, Calif.). Her base hit scored freshman Jackie Dempsey (Lexington, Mass.), who had reached on a single, stole her next two bases, and advanced home on Donley's hit.
Senior Shannon Williams (Macungie, Pa.) pitched a complete game, two-hit, effort and struck out eight while not allowing any walks. Villanova accumulated nine hits off Snyder's pitches, and she was forced to take the loss.
The second game was highlighted by Villanova's three-run second inning. Yauch led off with a walk. Wall followed by reaching on a pitching error, which would also move her to second and Yauch home. Dempsey then reached on another pitching error from Kristen Schaus, who allowed four runs in five innings. Dempsey stole second and junior Tessa Paolini (Lancaster, N.Y.), who pinch ran for Wall, advanced to third on Dempsey's steal. Senior Veronica Alvarez (Miami, Fla.) then sacrificed to right field to score Paolini. Donley followed with a single to score Dempsey for the third run of the game.
Princeton scored its lone run in the bottom of the second off an RBI-double from Tiffany Andras, who scored Ty Ries. Ries' run was unearned, however, as she reached on a defensive error that otherwise would have ended the inning.
The Wildcats scored their final run in the fifth off two consecutive doubles. Kruger hit the first and Koenig hit the second, which brought Krueger home for the 100th time in her Main Line career.
Senior Kristen Haynes (Fairfax, Calif.) pitched five innings to pick up the win, allowing just one hit while striking out two. Freshman Kat Walsh (Los Angeles, Calif.) pitched two innings of relief and kept Princeton off balance to help wrap up the win for Villanova.
The Wildcats will return to action on Saturday, April 30, when they host Rutgers (3-39) in a crucial conference doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. Villanova will also honor the senior class before the start of the first game.