Red Storm Tripped Up Against Villanova|
April 23, 2017
QUEENS, N.Y. -- For only the fourth time in 15 games, the St. John's softball team (24-15, 11-4 BIG EAST) dropped a BIG EAST contest as Villanova (29-15, 9-6 BIG EAST) handed the Johnnies an 8-0 defeat in six innings at Red Storm Field.
Senior lefty Brette Lawrence kept the league's top ranked offense in check all afternoon, retiring all 18 batters she faced to record Villanova's third perfect game in program history.
Four defensive miscues proved costly for the Red Storm as the Wildcats were able to plate three unearned runs against St. John's reliever Tori Free in 2.2 innings of work. Junior McKenzie Murray (7-2) was tabbed with her second loss of the season after surrendering five runs over 3.1 innings in the circle.
After two scoreless frames from Murray, Villanova took a 4-0 lead in the third on a grand slam from Natalia Segovia.
The Wildcats made it 5-0 in the fourth, taking advantage of two St. John's errors to push across an unearned run.
With two outs and the bases loaded in the sixth, Brittany Garcia mishandled a fly ball in center field that cleared the bases for Villanova and plated three runs to extend the lead to 8-0.
Lawrence then got three-straight outs in the sixth to secure the series win for the Wildcats.
St. John's looks to bounce back on Wednesday when the team visits New Jersey for a midweek showdown at Fairleigh Dickinson at 3 p.m.