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Villanova Softball Concludes its Fall Season
Villanova will begin regular season action in February.
Villanova will begin regular season action in February.

Oct. 7, 2008

VILLANOVA, Pa. - Sept. 30, 2008
Villanova 2 St. Joe's 0, 12 innings

The Villanova Wildcats hosted St. Joe's on Tuesday, Sept. 30, in a twelve inning game. Pitching was the dominant factor from both sides, but it was the Wildcats that came out on top when two runs came across the plate in the bottom of the eleventh inning. Villanova had a stellar pitching performance as all four pitchers combined for a twelve inning shutout. Overall they struck out nine, allowed six singles, five walks, and no runs.

The Wildcat pitching staff of two seniors and two freshman were outstanding. Senior Laura Determan pitched the first three innings striking out two and only allowing one hit. Freshman Caitlyn Delahaba pitched the next three innings and recorded one strike out and allowed only one hit. Senior Megan Hord then threw the seventh and eighth innings striking out three and allowing just two hits. The final pitcher of the game was freshman Molly Manning who recorded the win by pitching last four innings; striking out three and giving up just two hits.

The Wildcats' offense was quiet most of the game as they scattered four hits in the twelve innings. Senior Meghan Morese, sophomore Christina Botkins, freshman Shannon O'Brien and freshman Kristi Burlin each had one hit on the day.

Two of the four `Nova hits came in the bottom of the eleventh inning when O'Brien led off with a single and then stole second base. O'Boyle reached on an error and advanced O'Brien to third. Burlin came up clutch with one out and smashed a double to the center field fence to score both runs. The Wildcats then shut down St. Joe's in the top of the twelfth and the 2-0 win went to Manning.

October 4, 2008
Villanova 2 Delaware 1



Villanova moved to 3-1 on the fall after defeating Delaware on Saturday, Oct. 4.

Villanova was led by freshman pitcher Caitlyn Delahaba who pitched a complete game. Delahaba gave up just five hits, while striking out six and only walking one.

The Wildcats capitalized on timely hitting in the first and fourth inning. Junior Danielle Maricle led off the bottom of the first with a single, while freshman Tessa Braga's sacrifice bunt moved Maricle to second base. Maricle then stole second base and scored on a passed ball. In the fourth inning, with two outs, senior Meghan Morese doubled to start the rally. Freshman Jamie O'Hara came in to run, and scored on Jackie Dempsey's RBI single to left field.

October 4, 2008
Villanova 6 Towson 1

Villanova continued to use timely hitting and sharp pitching to get past Towson University, 6-1.

Pitching was strong again, with freshman Molly Manning and senior Laura Determan combining to throw a seven hit win. Manning pitched four innings, giving up three hits while striking out three. Determan entered the game in the fifth inning with two runners on base. One run was scored when Towson was able to use a sacrifice fly to center field to score its only run.

Villanova scored in four different innings, with senior Meghan Morese (3 for 3, 1 HR) and senior Natalie Hord (2 for 3) leading the way. Hord began the second inning rally with a two out single. Next, freshman Jamie O'Hara reached based safely on a fielders choice. Junior Danielle Maricle reached base on a error, allowing Hord to score on the play.

Morese hit a line drive home run over the left field fence to make the score 2-0.

The fifth inning started with another Morese single, with senior Megan Hord coming in to run. After Hord stole second base, senior Lauren Peterson dropped a sacrifice bunt to move Hord to third base. Hord was able to score on a fielder's choice by junior Eryn Teague to make the score, 3-0.

Sophomore Christina Botkins began the sixth inning with a single and Natalie Hord then got her second hit of the game. O'Hara sacrificed the runners to second and third base and sophomore Kirsten Jelinski lined a double off the fence to score two runs. After another Morese hit, freshman Kristi Burlin drove a double down the third base line to score Jelinski.

Villanova finished the game with ten hits.

October 5, 2008
Villanova 11, Wagner 3

The Wildcats began their first game in a double header against Wagner from behind, as Wagner scored three runs in the first inning off senior pitcher Megan Hord.

It wasn't long until the Wildcats caught up as they scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning to match Wagner and even the game back out. Hord then dominated in her pitching, striking out six batters and not allowing anymore runs.

The Wildcats broke the game open in the fourth inning, scoring four runs to take a 7-3 lead. Senior Jackie Dempsey started the inning off with a single, sophomore Kirstin Jelinski then hit a double and advanced Dempsey to third. Junior Jess O'Boyle singled, scoring Dempsey, and senior Lauren Peterson hit a single to score Jelinski. Junior Eryn Teague came into pinch hit and scored two more runs with a double.

Freshman Caitlyn Delahaba came in to close the game in the fourth inning and proceeded to shut Wagner down, allowing no runs to score, and striking out four batters. The Wildcats took advantage of Wagner pitching once again in the fifth inning, scoring another four runs from a lead off single by freshman Amy Vergel de Dios. Maricle reached base on an error, while sophomore Becky LaMarca put down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners. An intentional walk on senior Meghan Morese, a double from freshman Kristi Burlin and a single from freshman Shannon Orien concluded the inning. The Wildcats earned the win from Wagner in five innings, 11-3, but continued to play out the entire game with no additional runs being scored.

Villanova 1, Wagner 0
Game Two

The second game was a pitcher's duel as the Wildcats won by a slim 1-0 margin. Freshman Molly Manning started the game, struck out three batters, and allowed only one base runner in four innings of shutout ball. Senior Laura Determan proceeded to close out the game for a save by pitching the last three innings, allowing no runs and retiring the last six Wagner hitters she faced in order. The lone run scored in the third inning as senior Natalie Hord started the inning off with a double. Orien hit a single and Hord aggressively ran home while Wagner was still caught up in trying to get Orien out.

The Wildcats conclude their fall season with four wins this past weekend to end the fall season with a 6-1 overall record.

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