Villanova swept its doubleheader against La Salle last night. The Wildcats won 4-0 in Game 1 behind a three-run home run from senior Valerie Ortega and a solid performance from freshman Kate Poppe in the circle. Poppe allowed one hit in six scoreless innings. Villanova lost 5-3 in the second game of the double-dip.
Outfielder Emilee Koerner of Notre Dame currently leads the nation with a .521 batting average. The sophomore also ranks fifth in the nation with a .969 slugging percentage.
USF's pitching staff has enjoyed early success this season and ranks second in the nation with a 1.34 ERA. They are led by senior Lindsey Richardson and junior Sara Nevins. Richardson ranks eighth in the nation with a 1.04 ERA and Nevins' 1.16 ERA ranks 13th in the country.
Three BIG EAST teams are scheduled to play today. Providence heads to Harvard for a doubleheader at 3 p.m., Connecticut hosts UMass at 4 p.m. and Villanova is on the road to face another Ivy League opponent, Princeton at 4 p.m.