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Villanova Heads to Fairleigh Dickinson Thursday For Doubleheader
April 19, 2017

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Villanova, Pa. – The Villanova softball team (25-14) will travel to Fairleigh Dickinson (2-25) on Thursday for a doubleheader. The first game is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. Villanova most recently split a doubleheader with Monmouth on Tuesday, and Fairleigh Dickinson is in action today at UConn.

Over 800

Head Coach Maria DiBernardi is in her 33rd season at Villanova. During her time on the Main Line, DiBernardi has compiled an 843-728-10 record. She picked up her 800th career victory last season in an 8-7 victory over St. John’s on April 2.


Four For O’Donnell

Associate head coach Jessica O’Donnell returns for her fourth season on the Villanova coaching staff. O’Donnell aids DiBernardi with the day-to-day operations of the program, along with leading the infielders and catchers.


New Coach In The Dugout

Stephanie Sanders is in her first season as an assistant coach at Villanova. Sanders spent last season as an assistant at Saginaw Valley State and is a 2015 graduate of Michigan State, where she was a key utility player on the softball team.


Last Time Out

Villanova won the first game of a doubleheader against Monmouth, before falling in the second game. The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Wildcats. Brette Lawrence picked up her 17th win on the mound in the first game, and Lauren Herschberg recorded her 47th double, and she is now tied for third all-time in career doubles at Villanova.



Scouting Fairleigh Dickinson

Fairleigh Dickinson is 2-25 on the year, and the Knights are in the midst of a nine-game losing streak. The team will play at UConn on Wednesday before the doubleheader with Villanova on Thursday. The Knights are led by Reanna Cervantes at the plate. Cervantes is batting .349 with 29 hits, 12 runs, eight RBIs, five doubles and three home runs. Summer Mendoza and Kellie Natham are also batting over .300 on the year, with Mendoza having a .327 average and Natham hitting at a .315 clip. On the mound, Erica Johnson and Baylee Ports have seen the most action for Fairleigh Dickinson. Johnson has a 6.32 ERA in 12 starts and 14 appearances. Ports has pitched in 16 games this season, and she has an 8.15 ERA.

Taking A Look At The Stats

Nikki Alden leads the team and BIG EAST Conference in batting average at .408. She also holds the top spot on the team in RBIs (34) and home runs (8). Lauren Herschberg has a .358 batting average with 44 hits, 33 runs, 23 RBIs, nine doubles and five home runs. On the mound, Brette Lawrence is 17-7 with a 2.67 ERA, which leads the BIG EAST Conference. Lawrence has struck out 134 batters in 146.2 innings of work.

As a team, Villanova leads the BIG EAST Conference in ERA (3.58), fielding percentage (.973), and winning percentage (.641).


Chasing The Record Books

Lauren Herschberg joined 11 former Villanova softball players in the 200-hit club this past weekend with a single in the first game of a doubleheader against Georgetown. She is also five doubles shy of tying the career program record of 52. Nikki Alden has eight home runs, which is three short of the single-season program mark.


Six Is The Magic Number

Villanova is 16-1 when scoring more than six runs in a game. The Wildcats are also 18-0 when leading after six innings. When holding opponents to three runs or less, the team is 19-2.


Up Next:

Villanova will travel to St. John’s this weekend for a BIG EAST series. Saturday’s games can be seen on ESPN3, and Sunday’s game will air on the BIG EAST Digital Network.