April 13, 2006
QUEENS, N.Y. -
The St. John's softball team came up short in two losses to BIG EAST rival Villanova, 5-2 and 5-1 on Red Storm Field. Senior Megan Oliver led the team offensively, going 2-for-6 at the plate with an RBI. Tami Hill and Daniellle Estrada had a run apiece in game one while freshman Roxann Struble scored the lone run of game two.
Game One: Villanova took the lead during the first inning when Sheri Donley belted a two run home run over the left-center field fence. St. John's tied it up in the bottom of the side, scoring its first run of the day when Wildcat pitcher Kat Walsh walked in Tami Hill (San Diego, Calif.). Senior Megan Oliver (Endicott, N.Y.) drove in the tying run with a single to left center field. The game was momentarily delayed when Villanova's left and center fielders collided trying to make the play.
The Wildcats took the lead in the second inning off of a double from Laura Determan and tacked on two more runs in third to make the score 5-2. St. John's was not able to forge one of its signature come-from-behind rallies as Lisa Geer (Anaheim, Calif.) took her seventh loss of the season.
Geer struggled over the first two innings, giving up three earned runs. She was replaced by junior Kim Lerch (Glen Head, N.Y.) who was solid over five. The Wildcats scored its final two runs off of a costly Red Storm error. Lerch fanned five and did not walk a batter in relief.
Oliver led the Red Storm's offense in game one, going 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI.
Game Two: The Wildcats jumped out on top first in game two. Rookie Meghan Morese doubled to left field, driving in Jackie Dempsey. Laura Determan followed up with an RBI single to right field.
The Red Storm loaded the bases in the first, threatening to answer right back but stranded Hill, Oliver and junior Loren Anguiano (Mesa, Ariz.). Walsh was the pitching choice again for Villanova in the second game and looked shaky as she walked two in the first. She started out the bottom of the second inning by walking Roxann Struble (Chino, Calif.). Hill's sacrifice fly deep to left field scored Struble, putting up St. John's first and only run of the game. Walsh settled in and allowed only one Red Storm hit over six innings, earning her second win of the day.
St. John's offense was held to two hits over seven innings. Anguiano was one of three Red Storm hitters who found a way on base but was stranded four times. St. John's left six on base in game two.
Freshman Jessica Foley (Orange County, Calif.) took her seventh loss of the season in a five inning outing. She allowed nine hits but only three earned runs and walked none. Geer took the ball two batters into the fifth inning and was more successful the second time around. She did not allow another earned run to cross the plate.
The Red Storm will look to snap a three game losing streak when it travels to Seton Hall on Saturday, April 16, 2006 for a 12 p.m. BIG EAST doubleheader.
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