‘Nova sees positives in tough season

Natalie Balthrop

The Villanova softball team battled against Ivy League powerhouse Princeton University last Thursday. The double header match-up consisted of two very different games. The first game of the day was scoreless except for one home run by the Tigers. This solo shot would prove to be the game’s only run. Freshman pitcher Laura Determan pitched the first game for the ‘Cats and recorded three strikeouts and no walks. One of the ‘Cats most experienced pitchers, sophomore Kat Walsh took the mound for ‘Nova in the second game before Megan Ford came in to finish the game. The ‘Cats lost both games to Princeton on Thursday and had the weekend off.

The ‘Cats have traveled a difficult road this year. Battling against injuries and working with a very young team, they worked hard all season. Next season looks promising, as the entire starting roster will return to compete. With a new season brings hope and possibility. With a small team of only 15 girls and nearly all of them underclassman, they have great potential for the future. This season allowed the ‘Cats an opportunity to play together and next year that experience is sure to pay off.

The ‘Cats are excited about next season and all the returning players. Junior captain Sheri Donley said, “I think everyone is looking forward to next year. We will have the full lineup back, and we are all very excited about that.”

The team is continuing to work hard this week for its final Big East match-ups this weekend. The team will not be attending the Big East tournament at the end of May. The ‘Cats will play USF and Louisville at home this weekend to conclude their 2006 season.