Wildcats Rally Late Past Drexel, 6-5

09 Dec 2021 | 14:46 | Softball

VILLANOVA, PA. – Trailing Drexel (15-5) by a run in the bottom of the sixth inning in game two of the doubleheader, Paige Rauch (Windsor, N.Y.) pulled a double down the right field line scoring two runs giving Villanova (20-10, 4-1 BIG EAST) the lead, 6-5. Rauch would enter the pitching circle for the Wildcats in the seventh and close the door picking up her first save of the season and sweeping the Dragons on Wednesday afternoon.

Anissa Amarillas (Placentia, Calif.) picked up the start for the Wildcats and tossed five innings, while scattering eight hits and three earned runs. The senior picked up two strikeouts while working around three walks. In relief, Caroline Pellicano (Norristown, Pa.) notched her first career win in a Wildcat uniform. The freshman toed the rubber as Villanova trailed by one and picked up two strikeouts and a weak fly out to give Villanova the momentum heading into the bottom of the sixth.

The scoring began early for both teams as Drexel plated two in the top of the second inning. The Dragons used three hits and situational offense to move their baserunners into scoring position.

Villanova would not budge as the offense erupted in the bottom of the third inning. Tess Cites (Horseheads, N.Y.) opened the inning with a single before Sydney Hayes (Douglasville, Pa.) smacked an RBI triple into right center. A defensive miscue followed by a walk would allow Chloe Smith (Sacramento, Calif.) to single up the middle and score the go-ahead run. Drexel fought back in the fifth inning when they scored three runs and regained the lead.

The Wildcats capitalized in the bottom of the sixth before closing the door in the seventh. Tess Cites led off the inning with a walk before Sydney Hayes ripped a single into left field. A sacrifice bunt from Dani Dabroski (Cedar Grove, N.J.) would move the Wildcat baserunners into scoring position with one out. Veteran standout Paige Rauch stepped into the box and laced a two run double down the right field line to seal the game for Villanova.

Four Wildcats picked up a multi-hit performance, including Paige Rauch, Chloe Smith, Tess Cites, and Sydney Hayes. Rauch and Smith led the offensive production tallying two RBI’s a piece.

Villanova will return to the diamond on Saturday, April 17 when they host Providence for a pivotal weekend series. The two will square off for a doubleheader on Saturday with first pitch in game one scheduled for 12:00 ET. Game two is scheduled to begin at 2:30 ET. The weekend series will be capped off on Sunday as both squads face off at 12:00 ET. Be sure to follow @VUSoftball on Twitter and @novasoftball on Instagram for updates throughout the season.

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