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Wildcats Return to Action at Delaware Spring Invitational
Senior catcher Amanda Marquez has reached base safely in all 13 games she has played in this season.

March 14, 2013

Live Stats (use this link for all four games)
Tournament Central

VILLANOVA, Pa.--The last of four regular season tournaments comes up this weekend for Villanova, which returns to action at the Delaware Spring Invitational starting on Friday afternoon. During the first three weeks of the season the Wildcats played in tournaments in Florida, where they won eight games while showing a great amount of potential for the season.

The Last Meeting
UT Chattanooga1
March 9, 2013
Clearwater, Fla.
`Cats Top UT Chattanooga 4-1
The Wildcats (7-7) came away with their seventh victory of the season against UT Chattanooga at the USF Under Armour Showcase. Briana Fujii led the team offensively with three hits, while Ali Lowe registered a double in the win.

The Last Meeting
March 27, 2012
Villanova, Pa.
Wildcats Clip Blue Hens to Sweep Doubleheader
Villanova (21-6) broke a 4-4 tie in the 5th inning on an RBI single by junior first baseman Valerie Ortega in a 5-4 victory over Delaware (5-27-1) to sweep the day's doubleheader against the Blue Hens. Senior pitcher Molly Manning (9-2) earned the complete game win on the mound with four strikeouts and also had two hits and two RBIs at the plate. The win is the fourth in a row for the Wildcats and third of the season over Delaware.

The Last Meeting
Norfolk State0
March 16, 2012
Newark, Del.
Villanova's Fourth Shutout of the Season Seals Victory
Villanova (12-4) got a combined three-hit shutout from seniors Molly Manning and Caitlyn Delahaba on their way to a 4-0 victory over Norfolk State (8-7) in the University of Delaware tournament in Newark, Delaware. Offensively, the Wildcats had 10 hits, three from junior catcher Amanda Marquez and two from junior left fielder Taylor Olafson.

Villanova opens the Delaware tournament by facing Hartford on Friday at 3:45 p.m., while the Wildcats will also have a single game on Saturday when they face St. Francis (Pa.) at 11:15 a.m. Villanova wraps up the weekend with a doubleheader on Sunday, facing Norfolk State at 11:15 a.m. and the host Blue Hens in the tournament finale at 3:45 p.m.

One of the main story lines of the season for the Wildcats thus far has been the pitching of freshman Kate Poppe (Downingtown, Pa.), who has registered all eight of the team's victories while compiling a 1.29 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 65.0 innings pitched. She is holding opponents to a .201 batting average against her and has already recorded seven complete games.

Senior catcher Amanda Marquez (Miami, Fla.) has been the focal point of a potent Villanova offense and is batting a team high .417 (15-for-36) with a .611 slugging percentage, while reaching base safely in all 13 games that she has played. Marquez is one of four everyday players hitting .300 or better for the Wildcats, who are batting .275 as a team.

Villanova has been recognized for its accomplishments early in the season with two players named to the BIG EAST weekly honor roll on two separate occasions. Following the opening weekend of the season Poppe and Marquez were each selected to the honor roll, while Poppe and sophomore second baseman Briana Fujii (San Jose, Calif.) received the honor this past week.

Live stats are available for all four games that the Wildcats play in this weekend. Links can be found at the top of this release and on the Villanova schedule page.


Friday, March 15
Villanova vs. Hartford (3:45 p.m.)

Saturday, March 16
Villanova vs. St. Francis (Pa.) (11:15 a.m.)

Sunday, March 17
Villanova vs. Norfolk State (11:15 a.m.)
Villanova at Delaware (3:45 p.m.)