Wildcats survive double headers

Raynor Denitzio

Tasked with playing three double-headers in four days, the Wildcat softball team finished with an admirable 4-2 record.

In the first series, the ‘Cats took on conference foe Providence.

In game one, homeruns by Allie Wisniewski and Sheri Donley provide all the offense the Wildcats would need as they emerged with a 4-1 victory.

In game two, ‘Nova fell to Providence 6-3. Providence loaded the bases in the bottom of the first against starter Kristen Haynes and came away with a 4-0 lead.

The Friars added two runs in the sixth to open up a 6-1 lead. The ‘Cats got two runs in the seventh to close the gap to 6-3, but the late rally fell short as this would prove to be the final score.

Freshman Kat Walsh picked up the loss for the Wildcats.

Next up for ‘Nova was a date with Lehigh.

The Wildcats pitching dominated as senior Shannon Williams struck out 10 in five innings of work to pick up the win. ‘Nova opened the scoring early, plating one in the third and added two in the fifth and again in the sixth.

Freshman second baseman Jackie Dempsey was two for two with an RBI and two runs scored to lead the Wildcats.

Game two was all Lehigh as the Mountain Hawks rolled to an 8-0 victory. Senior starter Kristen Haynes was roughed up, surrendering seven runs, four of them earned, and ‘Nova’s offense was held to two hits by Lehigh starter Heather Hamasaki, who struck out three in the complete game win.

Closing out the double-header festival, the Wildcats took two games from UPenn.

In game one, the ‘Cats took down the Quakers 7-2 behind the pitching of Shannon Williams, who struck out six in four innings to improve her record to 14-7 on the year.

Five runs in the fifth inning put the game out of reach for UPenn.

In game two, the Wildcats blew out the Quakers 9-0. Senior Lisa Krueger led the cats with four hits and four RBIs.

‘Cats starter Kat Walsh went three innings to pick up the win, her first on the year.

Also in the series, Kari Koller broke the all time Villanova home run record with her 23rd career home run. Congratulations, Kari.

Villanova is back in action this weekend with games against Seton Hall and St. John’s at home on Saturday and Sunday.