April 13, 2011
QUEENS, N.Y. - The St. John’s softball team faces BIG EAST rival Villanova for the first time in two years on Thursday when the two teams square off in a doubleheader starting a 2 p.m. at Red Storm Field.
The doubleheader was originally scheduled for Wednesday with a 1 p.m. start, but expected inclement weather in the New York area prompted the games to be rescheduled for Thursday.
Gametracker live stats for both games will be available free of charge through RedStormSports.com. Live video for both games will be available through CBS Sports All-Access. Stormtracker All-Access monthly is $9.95.
St. John’s game against LIU on Tuesday was canceled due to rain.
The Red Storm (16-23, 3-6 BIG EAST) is coming off of a weekend series against Providence. St. John’s split its doubleheader with the Friars on Saturday, bouncing back from a 4-0 loss in the first game with an 8-6 victory in game two. Kristi Cady, Myriah Rodgers, Amber Curry and Chelsea Durning homered in STJ’s win as Ashley Beza earned her third win of the season. Providence won, 9-2, on Sunday to take the series.
Cady and Curry have been hot at the plate for the Red Storm over the past few weeks. Cady is on an 11-game hitting streak, over which she has hit .400 (14-of-35) with one home run, four RBI, two doubles, one triple and five runs. Curry is riding a seven-game hitting streak, batting .550 (11-of-20) with one homer, seven RBI, three doubles and five runs.
Villanova (15-21-1, 2-7 BIG EAST) was swept by DePaul in a three-game series last weekend in Villanova, Pa. The Blue Demons topped the Wildcats, 10-3, 7-4, 12-2 (five innings).
The Wildcats lead the all-time series 31-20. The two teams split a doubleheader the last time they played on April 13, 2009, at VU Softball Complex. STJ and VU have split their last three doubleheaders dating back to 2007.
St. John’s hits the road this weekend for a three-game series against Georgetown.
• St. John’s sophomore Chrissy Montez is enjoying a monster season at the plate. Montez leads the team with a .361 batting average (43-of-119) and 34 RBI. She has recorded a hit in 27 of the 37 games she has played this season. Montez also has 12 multi-hit games and nine multi-RBI games this year.
• Sophomore Amber Curry and junior Kristi Cady have elevated their games in BIG EAST play. Through nine BIG EAST conference games, Curry is hitting a team-best .500 (11-of-22), which is tied for seventh in the league, with one home run, seven RBI, three doubles, five runs and two stolen bases. Curry’s slugging percentage is .773 and her on-base percentage is .560. Cady is hitting .444 (12-of-27), which is tied for 14th in the conference. She also has one homer, three RBI, two doubles, one triple and five runs with a .704 slugging percentage and a .483 on-base mark in league play.
• St. John’s 2011 offense is deeper and more likely to get clutch hits than it was in 2010. Last year, STJ hitters combined for just 33 individual multi-RBI performances. Through just 39 games this season, the Red Storm has 38 individual multi-RBI performances. In 2010, St. John’s players had 83 multi-hit showings and 11 with three or more hits. This year’s STJ squad has fired off 70 multi-hit performances with 19 three-hit showings.
• The Red Storm has been active on the basepaths this season, totaling 58 stolen bases in 78 attempts. With 15 regular-season games remaining, the team is on pace to surpass last year’s totals of 64 steals in 83 attempts.
• St. John’s seniors Chelsea Durning and Kat Lawrence have enjoyed the most success against Villanova in their careers. Over four games, Durning has hit .308 (4-of-13) against the Wildcats with one double, two runs and one walk. As a freshman in 2008, she was 3-of-7 against the Wildcats. Lawrence is 2-0 with a 0.93 ERA and 16 strikeouts over two starts and 15.0 innings against VU.
• In 2010, the Wildcats went 27-28 and finished fourth in the BIG EAST with a 12-10 conference record. Villanova’s season ended in with a 4-3 opening-round loss to Syracuse in the BIG EAST Tournament.
• Villanova’s offense hinges largely on its top two players: Junior Kristi Burlin and sophomore Valerie Ortega. Burlin paces the team with a .327 batting average, six home runs, 20 RBI, seven doubles, 17 runs and 12 walks. Ortega is hitting .308 with two homers, 20 RBI, six doubles, 14 runs and 12 walks.
• Juniors Caitlyn Delahaba and Molly Manning comprise the Wildcats’ 1-2 pitching attack. Delahaba is 7-14 with a 3.46 ERA and 123 strikeouts over 24 appearances and 131.2 innings pitched. Delahaba tossed seven frames with eight strikeouts and two runs allowed when she earned a win over STJ in 2009. Manning has a 7-6 record with a 3.46 ERA and 52 strikeouts over 17 games and 91.1 innings. Manning went 6.2 innings with seven Ks and two runs allowed when she lost to STJ in 2009.