09 Dec 2021 | 14:45 | Softball
Villanova capped an explosive afternoon of offense with 16 runs in the final four innings of a 16-6 win over St. John’s in the second half of a doubleheader played in Queens Saturday. The Wildcats plated 32 runs in 12 innings over the course of the afternoon to earn the sweep of the Red Storm.
In Game 1 earlier, Villanova (25-10 overall, 9-1 BIG EAST) posted a 16-4 triumph as Paige Rauch and Dani Dabroski each delivered four hits.
In this one, Angela Giampolo and Chloe Smith set the pace with three hits each. Julia DaCosta powered a three run home run in the fourth inning and finished the second game with four RBI while Rauch and Smith knocked in three runners apiece.
After the Wildcats were retired in order in the top of the first, St. John’s (9-16 overall, 6-11 BIG EAST) took the lead with a run in the bottom of the frame off of Wildcats’ starting pitcher Anissa Amarillas. Villanova got on the board after Ryan Henry singled and came around to score to tie the game at one.
The Red Storm seized a 5-1 lead in its half of the second inning but the Wildcats were just getting started. Dabroski led the third inning off with a single and Rauch worked a walk. Giampolo came through with an RBI single in front of a Smith RBI double that pulled Nova to within 5-3. After Megan Kern walked, DaCosta picked up an RBI on a ground out to make it 5-4. A Henry single tied the game at five and the ‘Cats grabbed the lead at 6-5 before the inning was done.
Caroline Pellicano relieved Amarillas in the bottom half of the frame and held the Red Storm in check. Villanova then added to its lead when singles by Giampolo and Smith were followed by a 3-run home run by DaCosta to extend the advantage to 9-5.
A St. John’s run in the bottom of the fourth came before additional fireworks by the Wildcats in the top of the fifth inning. Villanova would score seven times in that half inning to match their run total from Game 1 at 16. The ‘Cats took advantage of four walks and a St. John’s fielding error.
Pellicano set the Red Storm down in the bottom of the fifth while surrendering one single.
In sum, the Wildcats totaled 30 hits to go with their 32 runs over the course of the day in Queens.
These two teams conclude the three-game series with a single game Sunday at noon at St. John’s.