Women’s softball in second in the Big East

Santo Caruso

Its been quite awhile since we last looked in on the “struggling” women’s softball team. They had started off 3-3, and had not been playing as well as was hoped in the early part of the season. But what a difference a month makes.

The women have been busy playing 20 games since than, and won 14 of them including an astonishing 8 game win streak with 5 of those wins being shutouts.

For spring break, the ‘Cats traveled to South Carolina for the Charleston Southern Invitational Tournament.

They rode the momentum they had earned in the last week to win every game except the finale against 5th ranked Tennessee. Senior Shannon Williams pitched eight innings of one hit ball against Stony Brook, and held on until ‘Nova could scratch out two runs in the top of the eighth.

The ladies performed equally well in the MASCUA tournament the week before. They won four of six games, winning by 20 runs with a 10 run romp over Norfolk State. They closed out the tournament with a win over Delaware, 4-0. Kristin Haynes pitched 7 strong innings in the game and picked up the win.

Most recently they played in the Speedline Invitational in Tampa, and split their six games there. Haynes got her turn at a one hitter this time, pitching six innings before giving way to Kat Walsh against Western Michigan.

Clutch hitting in the Sunday nail-biter against Rutgers got them back on track after losing 4 of 5, and they put away Buffalo easily 3-0.

The strong finish capped off a tough month with three tournaments right in a row, but still saw the women 8 games over five hundred.

Their record stands now at a strong 17-9, returning home to Villanova to face UMass and Brown, before getting into the bulk of their schedule with Big East opponents. They will see UMass on Saturday at 11.