April 28, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. - Villanova (30-22, 4-14) struggled to find their groove offensively and dropped game two of a weekend BIG EAST series to USF (43-8, 15-3) by a score of 4-0. Senior Caitlyn Delahaba pitched well giving up three earned runs in a complete game effort while striking out a pair and walked none. The Wildcats collected only three hits off three different Bulls' pitchers and never developed any big scoring rallies.
Villanova probably had their best chance of the day in the first when senior left fielder Tessa Braga singled with one out and stole second to get into scoring position. After a strikeout, senior designated player Molly Manning was hit by a pitch to put two runners on, but a strikeout ended the inning to keep Villanova off the board.
Delahaba started well by retiring the side in order, but the Wildcats went down themselves in order in the second to give the Bulls a chance to grab an early lead in the second inning and they did so collecting one run. A lead-off single and error by Janine Richardson moved her to third base with nobody out and a sacrifice fly put the Bulls up 1-0 early.
Lindsey Richardson set the Wildcats down in order in the third and fourth innings to keep the Bulls' lead at one run, and the Bulls cashed in again in the fourth.
Delahaba retired the Bulls in order again in the third for the second time, but a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the fourth put the Bulls in front 2-0.
In the fifth, junior catcher Amanda Marquez singled with one out, but the next two hitters were retired on outs through the air to end the frame.
Delahaba again retired the order in the fifth, but the Bulls got to her in the fifth for two more runs on the strength of four singles. Delahaba struck out a hitter with two runners on to keep the rally to a minimum, but the Bulls held a 4-0 edge heading to the final frame.
In the seventh, Marquez reached on an error and junior second baseman Taylor Olafson walked to put two runners on with two outs, but sophomore shortstop Ali Lowe grounded out to end the game with the Bulls capturing game two by a score of 4-0.
Villanova will look to take the final game of the series at noon tomorrow before heading back home.