PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence College softball team was defeated in two games versus Villanova on Saturday, May 7 at Glay Field in Providence, R.I. In game one, the Friars were defeated by the Wildcats, 4-1, and in game two, the Friars were defeated in nine innings, 11-8. With the losses, the Friars moved to 20-28 (5-14 BIG EAST), while the Wildcats improved to 32-16 (14-5 BIG EAST).
In game one, Villanova tallied three runs for a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. The Wildcats hit a home run in the top of the fifth for a 4-0 lead.
In game two, the Wildcats got onto the scoreboard with a double that sent in one run for a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.
In the bottom of the first, the Friars tallied one run with a walk from Veler when the bases were loaded and another run on an error for a 2-1 lead.
Villanova scored on a walk with bases loaded to tie the game at two in the top of the second. In the top of the third, the Wildcats knocked in two more runs for a 4-2 lead.
In the bottom of the third, Veler and freshman Vanessa Portillo (Chatsworth, Calif.) hit back-to-back home runs to tie the game at four. The Friars got a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the fourth on an error that allowed senior Kiki Baldassari (Denville, N.J.) to score. In the bottom of the fifth, senior Danielle Deraney (Shrewsbury, Mass.) hit a double that sent in Portillo for a 6-4 lead.
In the top of the sixth, Villanova tied the game at six with a two-run home run. In the top of the seventh, Villanova scored two runs for an 8-6 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, Deraney hit a home run to cut the Wildcats lead to just one run, 8-7. Graduate student Kelsi Luttrell hit a ground out to short stop that allowed Baldassari to score to tie the game at eight, which sent the game into extra innings.
Villanova scored on a walk with bases loaded to take the lead, 9-8. The Wildcats added another two runs on an error for the final score, 11-8.
Junior Taylor Huntly (Las Vegas, Nev.) pitched the first 6.2 innings, allowing eight hits, and striking out three batters. Sophomore Christina Ramirez (Niceville, Fla.) pitched 2.1 innings, allowed seven hits, and struck out one batter.
The Friars will return to action with a game versus Villanova at 12:00 p.m. tomorrow (May 8) at Glay Field in Providence, R.I.
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