Villanova softball upsets
Cornerstone despite injuries
by Misty Volaski
The Villanova Wildcat softball team (4-2 overall, 1-2 in the
Condor League) defeated Cornerstone Christian Saturday at Villanova.
It marked the first time Villanova has defeated Cornerstone in
Wildcat pitcher Katie Jones (2-1) allowed only four hits and
had four strikeouts in the win. The Wildcat offense was led by
seniors Kristen Handley and Brittany Fletcher. Handley (.615)
went three for four with one RBI, while Fletcher went two for
three with an RBI. Freshman Connelly Jenks (.313) went two for
four with an RBI. Pitcher Jones (.556) helped herself with a
hit and two stolen bases, and teammate Jessica Campbell also
scored two runs.
Coach Bob Malkin praised Campbell, saying she is an outstanding
lead-off batter. "She has a great eye and gets on base."
Campbell's on-base percentage is .550, and batting average is
.308. She leads the team in stolen bases with 12.
Several of Villanova's starting players were injured and did
not start, which many thought would bring Villanova to the loss.
Senior first baseman Beth Schey, one of the team's top hitters,
has been sidelined with an injury since the first game. Malkin
said she would probably return after Easter Break. Tiffany Adams,
one of the Lady Wildcats' catchers, has been filling in for Schey.
Malkin stresses to anyone who asks that he has some outstanding
student athletes on the team - some of whom are standouts in
basketball, volleyball or soccer, but who do not have much, if
any, softball experience. This includes starting sophomore outfielders
Erika Madison, Katie Parziale and Erica Helson. Malkin said,
"They are remarkably quick and have made some fantastic
catches and have kept runners from potential extra base hits
with their speed and athleticism."
The Lady Wildcats will play at Cate April 9 after Villanova's
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WILDCAT KATIE Jones pitches the softball to Elizabeth Madlem
during a Villanova varsity girls' softball practice. After Spring
Break, the girls will return to play at Cate April 9 at 11:30