Rain temporarily cools softball’s hot streak

Santo Caruso

Due to the weather conditions, the ‘Cats’ doubleheaders scheduled against Lafayette and Lehigh for this past week were canceled. The rain could not have come at a worse time, as the team had won six of its last eight and were coming off two big wins from last week.

The team’s games against Connecticut were canceled due to the inclement weather on Saturday, so the women headed to Boston to play Boston College. A 5-2 loss in the opening game snapped the Wildcat’s four-game unbeaten streak, but featured another two-run homer from Lisa Krueger.

The second game was a stark contrast from the first, though. Heading into the seventh and final inning of the game down 6-2, the ‘Cats were able to put together six singles and a walk to score five runs and take a 7-6 lead going into the final inning.

However, the Eagles were able to battle back to tie the game. It would be the second time in three games that ‘Nova would be going to extra innings. The game would go into the ninth before timely singles and good baserunning allowed Villanova to score three runs and put the game out of reach.

Shannon Williams got the win, but the three-inning efforts from Hornick and Kristen Haynes set her up to keep going strong.

The ‘Cats went into last week’s doubleheader against Princeton on a two-game winning streak and were looking to add some more to that total. Going into the match-up against the ‘Cats, the Tigers had beaten some strong opponents, but had not seen anyone as tough as pitcher Theresa Hornick. Hornick threw her second no-hitter of the season, and if not for a hit batter would have had a perfect game.

The no-hitter was well-timed as Princeton’s Erin Snyder pitched seven strong innings without giving up any runs. However, ‘Nova was able to prevail, thanks to Ricci Lugo’s base running. After reaching first on an error and taking second on the throw away, Lugo was able to score when Princeton committed another error. It was the Wildcats’ third shutout of the season.

The second game featured more action. With the game tied 2-2 in extra innings, ‘Nova’s Krueger and Princeton’s Kristin Del Calvo exchanged solo home runs to tie the game at three. The game would eventually end in a stalemate. Lauded Princeton sophomore Melissa Finley was held in check by ‘Nova pitching, going a combined zero for six in the two games.

The series against Princeton and Boston College left the Cats 10-8-1, 3-2 in the Big East and well within striking distance of taking the lead in the conference.