May 4, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - St. John's scored two runs early and two runs late to lift it to a 4-1 victory over Villanova in Game Two of a doubleheader played here this afternoon. The Red Storm is now 17-34-1 overall, 7-14 in the BIG EAST while the Wildcats drop to 20-31 overall, 2-19 in BIG EAST action.
St. John's won the earlier meeting 3-0.
For the second time on this day, St. John's staked itself to an early lead. This time it took just one batter as the leadoff hitter for the Red Storm, Chrissy Montez, drove the pitch over the fence in left center field for a quick 1-0 lead. St. John's then added to that when Yvonne Rericha singled and Erin Burner followed that with an RBI double to build a 2-0 cushion.
Valerie Ortega delivered a two-out single in the bottom of the first for the Wildcats but Tori Free retired Beth Smetana to insure a scoreless frame. Free would retire the next eight Wildcat hitters in a row before hitting Smetana with a pitch in the fourth inning. But she retired Brianna Fujii on a strike out to keep the count at 2-0 through four.
The Wildcats put a pair of base runners on in the bottom of the sixth inning. Amanda Marquez reached on an error and was forced at second on a ground out by Ali Lowe. Ortega then drew a walk. But Free got Smetana to ground into a force play for the second out and took care of Fujii and the Wildcats were unable to cut into the 2-0 margin.
St. John's put two more runs on the board in the top of the seventh. With one out, Montez singled through the middle and stole second while Poppe struck out Rericha for the second out of the frame. Erin Burner delivered an RBI double to make it 3-0 and that was followed by a single from Jackie Reed to make it 4-0.
Julie Smith contributed her second single of Game 2 to give the Wildcats a base runner with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning. However, Free struck out Shea Palmer and Taylor Olafson. Olafson, though, reached when strike three rolled to the backstop on a wild pitch. Amanda Marquez picked up an RBI single but the Wildcats were denied more.
Free picked up her second win of the day to improve to 11-17 on the season while Poppe falls to 18-23.
The Wildcats conclude their regular season here Sunday against St. John's in a game that begins at noon (Nova Nation All-Access).