Softball: Villanova beats SJU, avoids weekend sweep

Kate McAvey

The softball team picked up one win out of the four games this past weekend. On April 26, the team took on the Seton Hall Pirates, losing the first game 2-1 in extra innings and later losing 7-6 in the second matchup.

April 27’s first game had a similar outcome when the team lasted eight innings and lost to St. John’s Red Storm 2-1. The second game was a positive one for the ‘Cats, as they defeated the Red Storm 3-1.

The first game of the weekend lasted nine innings. Villanova started the scoring with a home run off the bat of freshman Allie Heon in the top of the sixth. Seton Hall responded in the seventh with a home run to right field, forcing the game into extra innings. The Pirates came out on top after scoring in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Wildcats.

The second game against Seton Hall was just as bleak for ‘Nova, as the team lost 7-6 to the Pirates. Seton Hall started the game off strong with three runs in the bottom of the first inning.

‘Nova matched that in the top of the fourth when senior Lisa Curran, freshman Christina Botkins and senior Jackie Dempsey all scored for the ‘Cats, tying the game at three.

Seton Hall recaptured the lead in the bottom of the fourth with two more runs, but the Wildcats responded with their bats in the top of the fifth. Curran stepped up to bat with two players on and exploded with a home run to give the Wildcats the 6-5 lead.

The lead didn’t last long enough though because the Pirates picked up another run in the bottom of the fifth and one more in the sixth to take the 7-6 win.

The next extra inning game of the weekend started with the Red Storm hopping on the board first with a home run in the fourth. The Wildcats tied it up in the seventh when junior Megan Morese slammed a home run into right field, which then brought the ‘Cats into extra innings. The Wildcats couldn’t pick up any more runs, and the Red Storm had an RBI double to win the first game of the day.

The second game was the highlight of the weekend for ‘Nova softball. The third run for the ‘Cats came in the fifth when Curran bunted to drive in Dempsey, who walked to get on.

St. John’s threatened in the sixth with an RBI, but it wasn’t enough to catch the ‘Cats. The team combined for eight hits and senior Nicci Ward pitched seven innings, giving up one run on six hits and striking out six. With the victory, the Wildcats snapped a four-game losing streak.