VILLANOVA, PA. – The Providence College Softball team played a doubleheader against the Villanova Wildcats as part of its final weekend series of the year on Saturday, May 6. The Friars took the first game by a score of 15-6, before dropping the second game, 8-1. Providence now has a record of 22-25 (9-11) while Villanova improved to 35-19 (13-7).
Providence began the scoring in the top of the 1st inning when Nicole Lundstrom (Rehoboth, Mass.) hit a two-run home run. The home run is Lundstrom’s 11th of the year and 25th of her Providence career, which ties her for second all time in career home runs.
The Friars added five runs in the top of the 2nd inning to take a 7-0 lead. First, Brittney Veler (Santa Rosa, Calif.) was hit by a pitch to push in Mackensie Compton (Langhorne, Pa.). Emma Lee (Orange, Calif.) then scored on a passed ball. After Julianne Rurka (Warrenville, Ill.) was walked to reload the bases, Paige Mulry (West Roxbury, Mass.) was hit by a pitch to score Lundstrom. Vanessa Portillo (Chatsworth, Calif.) would follow this up with a single up the middle to score Veler. The Friars scored their final run of the inning when Megan McCune (Orange, Calif.) hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score Rurka.
Villanova scored three runs in the bottom of the 3rd to bring the score to 7-3.
Providence responded in the top of the 4th when Nadia Kemp (Wappinger’s Falls, N.Y.) hit a single to left field to score Izzy Mendez (Cedar Grove, N.J.) and Portillo and put Providence up, 9-3
The Friars added another two runs in the top of the 5th. Lee scored when Veler grounded out to second to put Providence up, 10-3. Mulry then hit a RBI single to center to score Lundstrom and make the score 11-3.
Villanova gained a run in the top of the 5th to make the score 11-4.
Providence responded in the top of the 6th inning when Lundstrom doubled to right field to score Kemp and put Providence up 12-4. Compton then scored after Veler grounded out to third base.
The Wildcats scored one two runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull within six of the Friars.
Providence scored a final two runs in the top of the 7th inning to put the game away when Kemp hit a two RBI single to score Portillo and Mulry.
Lundstrom and Kemp each tallied three hits in the victory. Lundstrom and Veler each tallied three RBI as well.
Christina Ramirez (Niceville, Fla.) pitched a complete game in the win for Providence. Ramirez allowed four earned runs in seven innings and now has a record of 14-13 on the season.
Providence scored its lone run of the game when Lee hit a RBI single in the top of the 3rd to score Compton.
Kemp and Lundstrom again led the Friars in hits, as each totaled two his in the loss.
McCune pitched 4.2 innings for Providence in the loss. She now has a record of 4-6 on the season. Michaela Veneziali (Pine Bush, N.Y.) and Miranda Trinidad (La Habra, Calif.) both pitched in relief of McCune.
Providence returns to action on Sunday, May 7 for the final game of the weekend series against Villanova.
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