Four BIG EAST teams competed in nonconference play Thursday night, posting a 4-1 record.
Villanova freshman Kate Poppe pitched a no-hitter in 10-innings to highlight the Wildcats sweep of Lafayette. Poppe struck out a school record 20 batters in the 2-0 opening win. The Wildcats also claimed a 4-3 win in the nightcap.
DePaul's Kirsten Verdun threw her third consecutive shutout Thursday to lead the Blue Demons to a 4-0 win against instate rival Loyola. The junior ace tied a career high with 15 strikeouts.
Connecticut hit four home runs and recorded 15 hits in a 10-6 win against Albany.
Rutgers tallied three-runs in the bottom of the seventh inning but came up short, dropping a 6-3 decision to Monmouth. The Scarlet Knights have lost five of their last six games.
With only two weeks remaining in regular season play and four spots open for a berth to the BIG EAST Championship, every game counts for a number of teams. This weekend features 18 league games that could make or break a school's season. Georgetown currently holds the No. 5 spot in the rankings but faces a daunting task of defeating No. 7/8 Louisville on the road. Syracuse ranks below the Hoyas with a 7-9 conference mark but also has a difficult schedule this weekend when they travel to Tampa, Fla, for a three-game series against No. 24/24 USF. Conference play begins Friday at noon.