Villanova Takes Two From Leopards
March 28, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Villanova took both games of a Wednesday softball doubleheader, holding the Leopards to one run on the afternoon. In game one, Lafayette managed three hits in a 4-0 decision. In game two it was the Lafayette pitching staff which held its opponent to three hits, only to see Villanova claim a 4-1 win.
Two Villanova (23-6) players accounted for most of the offense in the first game. In the bottom of the third, Ali Lowe led off with a single as the Wildcats loaded the bases with a bunt single and an infield single. Valerie Ortega brought home Lowe with a sac fly for the first run of the game.
Villanova added two more runs in the fifth. Lowe scored from third on a fielder's choice while Ortega knocked in her second run of the game, again with a sac fly. Villanova led 3-0.
The Leopards threatened in the sixth, putting Melissa Robinson on third with two outs but could not bring her the final 60 feet. Gwen Turner, Jordan Parsons and Amy Gebhardt managed the Leopards' three hits (all singles), two of which came off Villanova starter Caitlyn Delahaba. Delahaba (12-4) fanned eight and walked one in five innings. Robinson (3-7) took the loss, allowing four runs (one earned) on seven hits.
In the second game, Villanova led throughout. With the bases loaded and two outs in the second inning, Lafayette coughed up the first run of the game with one of four miscues in the contest.
In the home fourth, Taylor Olafson scored her second run of the game, again on an error, as Villanova led 2-0.
Villanova got to starting pitcher Alex Campanaro (1-3) for two more in the fifth as Beth Smetana (double) and Kristi Burlin (sac fly) each drove in runs.
The Leopards (4-12) scored their only run of the afternoon in the top of the seventh inning. Lauren Murphy reached on a lead-off walk before Parsons advanced her to third with a double to right. Murphy scored on a wild pitch.
Villanova pitcher Ali Angelbello closed out the game with a strikeout and an infield popout. Campanaro gave up four runs (two earned) on three hits. Emily Noel pitched a scoreless sixth for Lafayette. Kaity Sitzman (2-0) threw five innings in the win.
Lafayette opens Patriot League play on Saturday, hosting Lehigh for a four-game weekend series. First pitch on both days is slated for noon.
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