April 28, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College softball team (21-24-1, 7-10 BIG EAST) defeated the Villanova Wildcats(18-29, 2-18 BIG EAST), 6-3, on Sunday, April 28 in Providence, R.I. With Sunday's win, the team has won nine out of its last 10 games, including five wins over BIG EAST opponents.
The team also celebrated Senior Day on Sunday. Seniors Stephanie Kiesel (Ramona, Calif.), Corinne Clauss (Davie, Fla.) and Jessie Bryant (Marlborough, Mass.) were honored in a pre-game ceremony to commemorate their four years of hard work and dedication to the Friars' softball program.
The Friars started the game a run down after Villanova scored in the first inning, but rallied in the third to take the lead. Freshman Kiarra Baldassari (Denville, N.J.) started the rally after laying down a slap hit passed the short stop to get on base. Baldassari stole second, and advanced to third when sophomore Kelsi Luttrell (Mission Viejo, Calif.) bunted to get on base. Bryant hit a sacrifice fly the next at bat to bring in Baldassari for the Friars first run of the inning. Kiesel loaded the bases when she was hit by a pitch moving into the middle of the Friars' lineup. The following three batters each brought in a run before the Wildcats could get out of the inning. Sophomore Kristie Dederick (Camarillo, Calif.) drew a walk on four straight balls to bring in sophomore pinch runner Juliana Thibodeau (Cohoes, N.Y.). That run was followed by junior Marie Flego (Little Silver, N.J.) reaching first on an error to bring in sophomore Lauren Paiva (Middletown, R.I.) who pinch ran for Kiesel. The final run of the inning was scored by sophomore Shanelle Harrell (Irvine, Calif.) after tagging up when sophomore Sarah Kitterman (Houston, Texas) hit a deep fly picked off by the leftfielder at the warning track (4-1).
The Friars extended their lead to five runs when sophomore Megan Rollings
(Marysville, Wash.) drove in two runs with a single to left centerfield with two outs in the fifth inning (6-1).
Villanova scored two runs in the top of the seventh, but were unable to make the comeback, falling 6-3.
The Friars will play next at Pittsburgh on Wed., May 1. The doubleheader will begin at 12:30 p.m.