Feb. 26, 2014
Providence will make its long-awaited debut this weekend when the Friars travel to the George Washington Classic in Washington, D.C. PC is the lone BIG EAST team that has yet to play a game after its scheduled trip to Boca Raton, Fla., two weeks ago was derailed due to snow. Providence was picked to finish tied for third with Georgetown in the preseason poll which was announced in January. The Friars went 23-28-1 a season ago.
Villanova made its season debut last weekend at the FGCU Tournament, earning a 3-2 record. The Wildcats defeated Harvard in their season opener before collecting wins over Florida Gulf Coast and North Dakota. Kate Poppe was credited with all three wins in the circle, pitching to a 1.99 ERA, while Chase Snell batted .475 with a trio of RBI.
Two BIG EAST teams are Las Vegas-bound this weekend: DePaul and Seton Hall. The Pirates will look to halt their losing skid at five games, while the Blue Demons have won eight of their last nine. SHU’s Jen Metzger owns the league’s top batting averaging heading into the weekend, showing a .667 average over four games played. Teammate Meredith Henze has belted a BIG EAST-high five homers this season.
In Monday’s USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll, DePaul received four votes. The Blue Demons head into the weekend with an 11-4 record to lead the BIG EAST, with senior stud Kirsten Verdun getting the winning credit in seven of those games in the circle. As a team, DePaul leads the conference in a bevy of categories, including batting average (.313) and ERA (2.32).
Where They’re Headed This Weekend
Butler: six games at the University of Kentucky Invitational; Lexington, Ky.
Creighton: four games at the Tulsa Invitational; Tulsa, Okla.
DePaul: five games at UNLV Eller Media Stadium Classic; Las Vegas, Nev.
Georgetown: five games at the UNC Charlotte Tournament; Charlotte, N.C.
Providence: four games at the George Washington Colonial Classic; Washington, D.C.
St. John’s: five games at the Sixth Annual Bulldog Invitational; Athens, Ga.
Seton Hall: five games at UNLV Eller Media Stadium Classic; Las Vegas, Nev.
Villanova: six games at the Under Armour Tournament; Clearwater, Fla.