PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It was a historical past making Sunday for Villanova College senior softball pitcher Brette Lawrence.
In an eight-zero street win over St. John’s, Lawrence turned simply the third pitcher in program historical past to throw an ideal recreation, retiring all 18 batters she confronted.
“I felt nice going into the day,” Lawrence tells KYW Newsradio. “It was an enormous recreation for us. One which we undoubtedly wanted to win to assist us prepare for the Massive East Convention Event. As the sport went on, type of had the thought behind my thoughts (concerning the good recreation), however simply stored plugging away and going on the hitters.”
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Villanova hung a 4 spot on the board within the third inning to offer Lawrence some respiration room. The Wildcats then broke the sport open with a 3-run prime of the sixth inning. The eight-run deficit meant that if Lawrence might maintain St. John’s off the board within the backside of the inning, the sport can be over after six innings. It additionally meant she was now three outs away from historical past.
“I assumed within the dugout, issues have been going by means of my thoughts about, “Okay, that is it. Three extra outs,’” she says. “However as soon as I obtained on the mound I settled myself down and advised myself to throw the most effective pitch each pitch and take it one pitch at a time.”
Lawrence obtained a few fly outs to start out that remaining inning, earlier than wrapping issues up together with her fourth strikeout.
“It was sort of surprising at first as a result of it appeared like a traditional common recreation that we gained,” Lawrence says. “However then I used to be like, ‘Oh my gosh, wait a minute, that was only a good recreation, holy cow!’ It was actually thrilling, particularly to see all of my teammates react and understand how particular the second was.”
The victory improved Lawrence to 21-7 on the season. She has an ERA of two.34. Her good recreation earned her Huge East Pitcher of the Week honors.
Lawrence and Villanova host Lehigh for a doubleheader on Wednesday.