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Sept. 21, 1997

Softball Goes 3-0 To Win Own Tournament

Game 1 - Villanova 8, West Chester University 5

Villanova was able to fight back and beat West Chester, 8-5, in their first game of the Villanova Invitational Fall Tournament.

Nova started out strong as Jessica DeLuca began the game with a double and was sacrificed to third by Jackie Pasquerella and brought home by a fly ball from Captain Kelli McCoy. One pitch later, Sophomore second baseman Megan O'Leary ripped a home run over the Center field fence.

This was the first home run hit by a Villanova player on their new field. Villanova took a 2-0 lead into the second inning.

The Wildcats had some defense blunders in the second inning that allowed West Chester to score five runs. Nova allowed two passed balls, two errors, two hits and a walk to give West Chester a solid 5-2 lead. This did not discourage Villanova, which got back one run in the third inning to make the score 5-3.

Walpole kept West Chester in check and allowed her offense the chance to win the game.

The Wildcats exploded in the forth inning to score five runs and take the lead 8-5. The inning began with senior Kelly Sparks hitting a single, and pinch runner Melissa Crombet stealing second base.

Senior Stacey Stack followed by hitting a single and Crombet scored on an error by the shortstop. Tiffany Bachman sacrificed to move pinch runner Regina Speicher to third base.

Sophomore Kristen Verhoff was brought in to pinch hit, but before she could, Regina Speicher scored on a passed ball to tie the game, 5-5. Verhoff continued the Wildcat rally by drilling a triple off the Center field fence.

DeLuca was then hit by a pitch which allowed Kelli McCoy to drive in two more runs to make the score 7-5. Finally, O'Leary hit a double to score McCoy.

Walpole was solid the rest of the way, only allowing one hit after the second inning.

"We made a lot of mistakes in that game," said Coach Maria DiBernardi. "But we still won. Our team never gave up and deserved the win."

Game 2 - Villanova 4, LaSalle 3

Villanova played solid in the second game, beating the Explorers in a close contest. Freshman pitcher Keri Stoller pitched four innings and gave up three runs to earn the win.

In the forth inning Stoller stuck out the batter with the bases loaded to end the inning and preserve the lead, 4-3. Senior ace Brenda Roach came in to secure her second save of the season as she pitched two scoreless innings to complete the victory.

The Wildcats did all their scoring early as they scored one run in the first and three in the second inning off Freshman pitcher Missy Rourke.

Jessica DeLuca blasted a three run Homer in the second to put Villanova ahead for good in the bottom of the second inning. Solid defense by Freshman shortstop Gina DeFrancesco and Sophomore Megan O'Leary helped Villanova to seal the victory.

Game 3 - Villanova, 10 Ursinus 0

Captain Jenn Cornelius notched her first win of the season as she combined with Faith Meisinger to blank Ursinus 10-0. Cornelius gave up only one hit and struck out four.

Meisinger struck out three and did not allow a hit. Villanova was lead offensively by Tiffany Bachman (3-for-4) and Janna Bullock (2-for-3).

Senior Stacey Stack, along with Bullock had two RBI's each and six other players chipped in with one RBI each.

"It is great to see so many people contribute to our wins," said DiBernardi. "Our Senior and Sophomore class has come back this fall confident and are producing a lot of runs for their pitchers. Our freshman have jumped right in to help. We have been able to see each player step up and contribute"