Softball Defeats UNC-Wilmington
February 20, 1999
RALEIGH, N.C. – After opening its 1999 season with a 12-2 victory over the Akron Zips in the first day of the UNC Triangular Classic Tournament, the University of Virginia softball team continued to roll along on day two of the tournament by winning two of its three games at the Walnut Creek Softball Complex.
Virginia began the second day of tournament play with a 6-5 victory over the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks. The Cavaliers then handed the Campbell Camels a 4-3 loss to improve their record to 3-0, before facing the #22 ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers. Virginia and Minnesota were originally scheduled to play on Friday afternoon, however, the game was postponed due to rain and was rescheduled for Saturday evening. The Cavaliers fought through a tough battle with the Golden Gophers before eventually falling in the eighth inning by the score of 1-0.
Cory Bolkan gathered her first win of the season as she pitched UVa to a 6-5 victory against UNC-Wilmington. Bolkan allowed five runs on 10 hits while striking out five batters. Meaghan Young paced the Cavaliers at the plate, as she went 3-4 while gathering two RBI and scoring a run. Kristen Dennis (2-4) continued her hot-hand at the plate as well, notching a double, RBI and scoring a run. Jen Krill (1-3) collected two RBI and Lori Reese went 1-4 while scoring a run. Julie Amaon and Gina McCabe each finished 1-2 in the victory.
Dennis showed her well rounded game by stepping to the mound and gathering her first collegiate win as a pitcher at UVA. Dennis pitched four innings and allowed six hits while striking out four batters in Virginia’s 4-3 win over Campbell. Stacey Zagol relieved Dennis and earned her first save of the season. Zagol pitched two innings, gave up two hits and struck out two batters. Kelly McCabe finished 2-2 at the plate and scored a run for the Cavaliers before leaving the game with an injury to her knee. Corrine Good (run) and Dennis (RBI, run) each went 1-2, and Amy Peay (run) and Young (RBI) finished 1-3 at the plate in the win.
Chrissy Quinn did all she could do for Virginia as she pitched her first game of the ’99 season against #22 Minnesota. Quinn struck out 10 Golden Gophers and yielded only two hits, but the Cavaliers fell short in a 1-0 decision in the eighth inning. Reese (1-2) and Young (1-3) mustered UVA’s only hits of the game.
Virginias record stands at 3-1 on the season. The Cavaliers will now advance to play UNC-Greensboro at 9:00 a.m. in the the bracket play portion of the tournament schedule which begins on Sunday, Feb 21. The winner of that contest will play the winner of the #24 Illinois-Chicago vs. Kentucky game.