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March 18, 1999

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The University of Virginia softball team played its first conference games of the season as the Cavaliers squared off against the Florida State Seminoles at FSU’s Lady Seminole Field in a double-header. UVa, looking to break out of a three-game losing skid, hoped to leave Tallahassee on a winning note with upcoming games against #20 New Mexico and #19 South Florida lurking ahead in the next two days.

After playing through three scoreless innings with Florida State in the first game of the double-header, Virginia jumped on the scoreboard first to take a 1-0 lead when Corinne Good (2-3, double, RBI, run) stole home plate after reaching base on a double. The Cavaliers held their 1-0 lead until the bottom of the fifth inning, when the Seminoles scored two runs on an Andy Lions RBI single and a Corrie Williams sacrifice hit which drove in a FSU run. Florida State would hold on for a 2-1 victory in game-one. Mariruth Graham and Amy Peay each finished 1-3 after recording singles for UVa in the loss.

After scoring the last two runs of the first game, FSU scored the first three runs of the second game to pull out to a 3-0 lead before UVA answered with a run in the top of the third inning. Peay (1-2, run) reached base on a walk, advanced to second base on a wild pitch, and scored Virginia’s first run of the game on a fielder’s choice to make the score 3-1 after three innings. The Cavaliers looked to threaten Florida State’s lead once again in the fourth inning when Kristen Dennis walked to begin the fourth inning. After advancing to second base on a Seminole error, Dennis eventually score on a sacrifice fly by Jen Krill (1-2, RBI) to pull UVa within one run at 3-2. However, Florida State would answer Virginia’s scoring run with five unanswered runs of its own over the next three inning to extend its lead to 8-2. The Seminoles would not relinquish the lead, and held on for the win. Karen Breshears (1-3), Good (1-3, RBI) and Graham (1-2) added hits for UVA in the 8-2 loss.

With the two losses, Virginia’s record falls to 12-15 overall, 0-2 in the ACC. The Cavaliers have now lost five consecutive games. UVA will return to action on Friday, March 19 when the Cavaliers travel to Tampa, Fla. to face the #20 New Mexico Lobos in a non-conference double-header. The games will be played at the University of South Florida as a neutral site for both teams. Following its contests with UNM, UVAwill remain in Tampa to face the #19 South Florida Bulls in a double-header on Saturday, March 20 beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Game 1

Virginia        0 0 0 1 0 0 0       1   4  0Florida State   0 0 0 0 2 0 x       2   5  1

Game 2

Virginia        0 0 1 1 0 0 0       2   5  4Florida State   1 2 0 1 1 3 x       8  11  1
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