18 Hits Power Wildcats Past St. John’s 16-4

09 Dec 2021 | 14:45 | Softball

The Villanova Wildcats pounded out 18 hits on their way to a convincing 16-4 victory over the St. John’s Red Storm in Game 1 of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon in Jamaica, N.Y.

Paige Rauch and Dani Dabroski both had four hits apiece for Villanova, which improved to 24-10 overall. Ryan Henry supplied three hits, including a home run, while junior Megan Kern also came up with three hits. Henry and Julia DaCosta both blasted home runs for the Wildcats, who scored multiple runs in six of the seven innings played.

Kern’s RBI single in the top half of the first was the key blow in a three run frame that got Nova the lead before the Red Storm stepped to the plate. Villanova added a pair of unearned runs to extend the margin to 5-0 after an inning and a half.

A home run to left field by Elyse Morris was part of a three run second inning for the Red Storm, shaving the Wildcats’ lead to 5-3 after two innings.

Yet the Wildcats (24-10 overall, 8-1 BIG EAST) took the momentum right back in the top of the third as Rauch and Dabroski each connected for an RBI single to push the lead to 7-3. Dabroski and Rauch were in the middle of another two run outburst for the ‘Cats in the top of the fifth to make it 9-3.

The Red Storm (9-15 overall, 6-10 BIG EAST) got a run back in the bottom of the fifth inning but that would be as much damage as St. John’s would do in the first contest of a doubleheader. The homers by DaCosta and Henry in the sixth inning made it 11-4 and a five run seventh inning pushed the final runs tally to 16.

Rauch picked up her 14th victory of the season with six solid innings in the pitching circle. Caroline Pellicano pitched a scoreless seventh inning to close this one out for the Wildcats.

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