Softball falls in two games to DePaul

Nick Esposito

The softball team fell twice to Big East rival DePaul on Sunday. Coupled with two losses to Notre Dame on Saturday the Wildcats have a (20-20, 4-15 Big East) record.

The Wildcats entered the doubleheader as heavy underdogs. The ‘Cats sit at the bottom of the Big East standings, while the Blue Demons reign supreme with a fearsome (33-9, 17-2 Big East) record.

The first game was short lived as the 10-run-rule was put into effect in the sixth inning as the Demons blistered the ‘Cats 11-1. Senior star Jackie Dempsey went 2-for-3 through the first game.

She was the only Wildcat to cross the plate in the first game. Sluggers Meghan Morese and freshman Tessa Braga also had hits for ‘Nova.

It was a scoreless game early until DePaul broke the tie with two runs in the third. Dempsey got on base with a shot to leftfield. Morese knocked her in later in the inning to get the ‘Cats their only run. The Wildcats good fortune ended in the third. The Demons tallied six runs in the fifth and posted three more in the sixth to finish game early at a score of 11-1.

In the second game of the day, DePaul continued to dominate offensively with a run in the first. However, the veteran leadership for Villanova answered back. Dempsey singled and Morese homered to score the two Villanova runs.

DePaul drove in three runs in the next inning to take the lead that they would not relinquish. The Blue Demons added single run innings in the third, fourth and sixth inning to capture a 6-2 victory.

Morese led the Wildcats going 2-for-3 with both Villanova RBI’s. Freshman Molly Manning hurled all seven innings with four strikeouts and three earned runs.