March 31, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Providence College softball team (11-18, 3-1 BIG EAST) swept a BIG EAST Conference doubleheader against Villanova (23-8, 0-2 BIG EAST) Saturday afternoon in Villanova, Pa. The Friars posted a 1-0 victory in game one and a 6-3 triumph in game two.
Senior Alicia Grosso (Baldwin, N.Y.) pitched a complete-game shutout to lead the Friars in the first game. Grosso allowed six hits and struck out two batters to earn her third shutout of the season and her sixth win. Providence scored the only run of the game in the fourth inning when sophomore Kaitlyn Duval (Shrewsbury, Mass.) hit a two-out RBI single to drive in senior Michelle Huber (Dana Point, Calif.) who was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning.
Villanova pitcher Caitlyn Delahaba also tossed a complete game, allowed seven hits and struck out four batters. PC freshmen Kristie Dederick (Camarillo, Calif.) and Shanelle Harrell (Irvine, Calif.) each notched two hits, while Kristi Burlin had three hits for the Wildcats.
In game two, pitching continued to shine as junior Corinne Clauss (Davie, Fla.) tossed a complete game to earn her fourth win of the season.
Just like game one, the Friars struck first in the fourth inning. Harrell hit a two-run single to give PC a 2-0 lead. The Wildcats cut the margin in half in the fifth inning when pitcher Molly Manning hit an RBI single. However, Dederick helped the Friars regain their two-run edge (3-1) in the sixth inning when she belted her team-leading fourth home run of the season.
In the seventh inning, the Friars loaded the bases and junior Jessie Bryant (Marlborough, Mass.) cleared them with a three-run double to increase the lead to 6-1. Villanova scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to trim the margin to 6-3, but it wasn't enough as the Friars completed the sweep. Senior Jen Abrams (Reading, Mass.), Huber, Bryant and sophomore Marie Flego (Little Silver, N.J.) each had two hits to lead the Friar 10-hit attack. Manning had three hits for the Wildcats.
The two teams will complete the three-game series at noon on Sunday, April 1.
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