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Sept. 13, 1997

Softball Takes 3-out-of-4 at Temple Invitational

The Wildcats came out strong as they won three of four games at the Temple Invitational tournament. LaSalle University also finished with a record of 3-1.

Game 1 - Villanova lost a pitchers duel to LaSalle, 2-0. Senior Jenn Cornelius took the mound for the Wildcats and allowed only two runs in her four innings of pitching.

Senior pitcher Brenda Roach completed the game strongly as she only gave up one hit the rest of the way. The Wildcats had only three hits in the first game, but this did not bother Head Coach Maria DiBernardi. "Our players went up there confident and were making great contact. Everyone was swinging at good pitches" said DiBernardi.

Game 2 - The Lady Wildcats proved that their coach was right as they came out swinging against Towson University. Villanova used timely hitting, strong defense and solid pitching to seal their first victory, 3-0.

Senior Outfielder Jessica DeLuca began the game-winning rally in the sixth inning with her first triple of the year.

Freshman Jackie Pasquerella worked a walk and stole second base. Senior catcher Kelli McCoy drilled a pitch for a single to plate DeLuca. Sophomore Megan O'Leary belted a double to score two more runs.

That was all the scoring that Villanova would need to beat Towson. Freshman Keri Stoller pitched five solid innings allowing just one single while striking out four batters. Roach came in again to close out the game for Nova and notched the save.

Game 3 - Villanova battled St. Joseph's next and won, 5-1. Sophomore pitcher Carrie Walpole took the mound and shut down St. Joes for 4 1/3 innings.

Walpole scattered five hits while striking out five batters. Villanova scored in the first inning as lead off batter Jessica DeLuca was hit by a pitch. Sophomore second baseman Tiffany Bachman followed with a hit. Kelli McCoy sacrificed to move the runners to second and third. Freshman Jennifer Johnson followed with her first collegiate hit, which scored DeLuca.

Third baseman Melissa Crombet and Senior Kelly Sparks both had RBI singles in the first to make the score 3-0.

Villanova scored two more runs in the fifth inning. Freshman Janna Bullock started the hitting with a single and then stole second base. Bachman and McCoy followed with hits to make the score 5-0.

Freshman Faith Meisinger took the mound next to close the game for Walpole. Meisinger yielded only one run on two hits to make the Wildcats 2-1 on the day.

Game 4 - Villanova used a team effort to win the final game against Temple, 3-0. Pitchers Keri Stoller, Jenn Cornelius and Faith Meisinger combined their efforts for the shutout.

Together this pitching trio gave up only three hits. Leading the wildcat hitting was Freshman Jackie Pasquerella (2-for-3 with a double). Seniors

Stacey Stack and Kelli McCoy, and Sophomore Megan O'Leary had an RBI each to help Nova win their third game of the day.

"I am very happy with how our entire team played today. Our pitching was solid, and our hitting and defense was great. We were able to learn a lot about our team and win some games at the same time. I look forward to next week's tournament." said coach DiBernardi.