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March 5, 1999

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia softball team played game-two of its re-scheduled doubleheader with the Eastern Michigan Eagles. UVa won Wednesday’s first game by the score of 5-2. The second game was postponed due to weather and was replayed on Thursday.

EMU scored a run in the first inning of play to take an early 1-0 lead, and then rode the impressive pitching of Cyle Ruedisale through five innings without allowing Virginia to score a single run. Ruedisale left the game after four and one-third innings of work after allowing only one hit to go along with two strikeouts. Corey Repicky replaced Ruedisale in the fifth inning and took Eastern Michigan to the six inning where the Cavaliers made their run. Repicky did not have as much luck as her teammates (Repicky) had against Virginia.

Trailing 1-0, Katie Zunno, who was pinch-hitting for Corinne Good (run), drew a walked to put a UVa runner on base. Good then re-entered the game for the Cavaliers. Lori Reese (1-3, run) singled to give Virginia runners on first and second base. Kristen Dennis (run) hit a ground ball hard to shortstop, where the ball was mishandled by EMU’s Paula Slingerland to load the base for UVa. With the bases loaded and only one out, Karen Breshears (1-3, two RBI) hit a two-run single right up the middle to score both Good and Reese to give Virginia its first lead of the game at 2-1. Dennis later scored after Breshears stole second base to increase UVa’s lead to 3-1. Jen Krill (1-3) added a single for Virginia.

Chrissy Quinn had a fine performance on the mound, as she pitched a complete game logging seven innings of solid work. Quinn struck out nine Eagle batters while she spread out four hits, four walks and only one run (unearned). Four of Quinn’s nine strikeouts were against the last six Eastern Michigan batters, as she would not allow the Eagles back into the game and gathered her first win of the season.

With the victory, Virginia’s record improves to 8-7 overall and stretches UVa’s current win streak to four games. The loss drops Eastern Michigan’s record to 4-4 on the season.

Virginia will return to action on Friday, March 5th when the Cavaliers open play in the 1999 UVa Cavalier Classic Tournament. Virginia will open play in the tournament by facing Eastern Michigan for the third consecutive game at 12:00 p.m., followed by a contest with North Carolina at 2:00 p.m. on day-one of competition. The tournament is hosted by Virginia and all games will be played at The Park.

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