April 28, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence rode a four run outburst in the third inning to a 6-3 victory over Villanova in BIG EAST softball game played here on Sunday.
The Wildcats jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in this one when Ali Lowe delivered a one out single in the top half of the first inning. Lowe moved up to second base on Valerie Ortega's ground out and came around to score when cleanup hitter Briana Fujii delivered an RBI single to right center field.
Villanova freshman Kate Poppe pitched around base runners in the first two innings to keep the Friars off the scoreboard. However, in the third inning Providence cashed in a chance created by a leadoff single and subsequent steal of second base by leadoff hitter Kiarra Baldasarri. Baldasarri advanced to third on a single by shortstop Kelsi Luttrell.
When the Wildcats recorded the final out of the bottom half of the inning, the Friars had tallied four runs, including one that was unearned. That gave Providence pitcher Corinne Clauss - winner of both games played between these two teams on Saturday - a 4-1 cushion to work with entering the fourth frame.
Providence added to its lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Stephanie Kiesel led off with a double, which was followed by a walk. The key blow of the frame was a two out single to left field by Megan Rollings that plated two Friars to extend the lead to 6-1.
The Wildcats were unable to add to their first inning run until the top of the seventh. Sierra McConnell and Shea Palmer each singled after one out was recorded. Pinch hitter Randi Josett came through with an RBI double, plating McConnell. Palmer then scored on an Amanda Marquez ground out to shave the deficit to 6-3. But Clauss retired Lowe on a comebacker and the Friars had improved to 21-24-1 overall, 7-10 in the BIG EAST.
Poppe took the loss for the Wildcats, who fall to 18-29 overall, 2-18 BIG EAST. Kaity Sitzman finished up with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Villanova resumes action on Tuesday afternoon when it hosts Drexel for a non-conference doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.