Softball Falls Short in 1-0 Loss to Florida State
May 15, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The University of Virginia softball teamcontinued competition on day two of the 1999 ACC Softball at Lady SeminoleField. The fourth seeded Cavaliers entered their contest with the #2 seedFlorida State Seminoles with a 2-0 record in the tournament after posting a4-0 win over Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, followed by a 1-0 victory overthe top seeded Maryland Terrapins. FSU entered the contest with a 1-0record in the tournament after gathering a 2-1 victory over North Carolinain 10 innings. Florida State scored the lone run of the game en route to a1-0 victory, handing UVa its first loss of the tournament.
Florida State jumped on the scoreboard early in the top of thefirst inning. Danielle Cox walked to start the game off before she stoleher 73rd base of the season. She advanced to third base on a sacrifice hitbefore she scored the first run of the game on Kimmy Carter’s RBI single togive the Seminoles a 1-0 lead. That would be all the offense Florida Statewould need, as FSU rode the arm of pitcher Jen White. White recorded her16th win of the season as she limited the Cavaliers to five hits to post acomplete game shutout.
Virginia made a late run at Florida State in the bottom of theseventh inning. Zunno singled to left field and was replaced by ClaudiaHickey, who entered the contest as a pinch runner. One batter later,Stacey Zagol laid down a sacrifice bunt that advanced Hickey to secondbase. Hickey moved to third base when Quinn singled to put UVa runners onthe corner. However, the deciding play of the game for the Cavaliersoccurred when the next Virginia batter, Meaghan Young, reached base on afielders choice that resulted in Hickey being thrown out at home plate onher attempt to score the game tying run. FSU held on to end UVa’s laterally.
Kristen Dennis, Corinne Good, Chrissy Quinn, Young and Katie Zunnoeach recorded hits for the Cavaliers in the 1-0 loss.
Quinn handled the pitching duties for UVa, and threw a strong gamedespite the loss. She allowed only one run on six scattered hits whilegathering five strikeouts.
The loss drops Virginia’s record to 34-25 overall, 2-1 in the ACCtournament. Florida State improves to 39-25-1 overall, 2-0 in tournamentplay. The Cavaliers will return to action in the tournament on Sunday, May16 at 12:00 p.m. when UVa faces the winner of the Maryland vs. Georgia Techgame, which is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. this evening.