April 27, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College softball team (20-24-1, 6-10 BIG EAST) defeated Villanova, 4-3 and 3-1, on Saturday, April 27 in Providence, R.I. The final game of the series will be played on Sunday, April 28 at noon. Tomorrow’s game will also be the Friars’ Senior Day. The three graduating seniors will be honored in a pre-game ceremony at 11:45 a.m.
The Friars were the first to score late in the third inning during game one. With two outs and sophomore pinch runner Juliana Thibodeau (Cohoes, N.Y.) on second, sophomore Kelsi Luttrell (Mission Viejo, Calif.) lined one that dropped right in front of the center fielder. Thibodeau turned third to score (1-0). The following inning, freshman Kiarra Baldassari (Denville, N.J.) made contact with a hard hit ball at the pitcher with the bases loaded to bring in the second run of the game (2-0). With the bases loaded in the top of the fifth inning, Villanova short stop Ali Lowe hit a double to left field to give the Wildcats a 3-2 lead. Junior Marie Flego (Little Silver, N.J.) hit a sacrifice fly to right field to bring in the tying run in the bottom of the inning (3-3). In the bottom of the sixth, senior Stephanie Kiesel (Ramona, Calif.) hit a sacrifice fly with the centerfielder’s back against the fence to bring in the winning run (4-3).
In game two, the Wildcats brought in a run in the top of the third inning, which the Friars matched in the bottom of the inning (1-1). Sophomore Shannelle Harell (Irvine, Calif.) hit a hard grounder past the first baseman to bring in the runner on third with two outs in the inning. Providence scored two runs in the fourth inning off errors to give the team a two run advantage. Baldassari stole second with Thibodeau on third. The short stop missed the catch which allowed Thibodeau to score, and Baldassari to advance to third. When Villanova attempted to throw Baldassari out at third, the throw was off, allowing Baldassari to score (3-1).
Senior Corinne Clauss
(Davie, Fla.) pitched both wins for the Friars. In 14 innings, she recorded two strikeouts and allowed nine hits.
Bryant drew three walks on the day. She is now only seven walks shy of becoming the Friars’ all-time leader in career walks. Friar-great Kim Robbins currently holds the record with 88 walks.