Softball Sweeps Elon in Doubleheader
April 8, 1999
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia softball team entered its doubleheaderr with the Elon Fightin’ Christians on a roll, having won eight of its last ten contests. UVA can now make that 10 of its last 12 games, as Virginia swept the doubleheader with Elon. The Cavaliers defeated the Fightin’ Christians 4-1 in the first game, before blitzing Elon 9-1 in the second contests. Game two was stopped in the bottom of the fifth inning due to the eight-run mercy rule.
Virginia jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in its first game when Meaghan Young (3-4, two runs) scored her first of two runs when Kristen Dennis drove her in to score, making it 1-0, UVA. Elon knotted the score in the third inning when Kristin McKenney (0-2, run) score a run to make it a 1-1 ballgame. That would be the Fightin’ Christians lone run of the game, as the Cavaliers posted the eventual game-winning run in the fifth inning when Lori Reese (2-2, RBI, double) singled to score Young. Virginia added two insurance runs in the sixth inning when Claudia Hickey (run) pinch ran for Emily Wilkinson and scored a run, and when Mariruth Graham (1-2, RBI, triple, run) scored a run on an Erin McMorrow RBI.
Stacey Zagol got back to her winning ways as she recorded her seventh win this season as a pitcher. She pitched six innings, allowing only three hits, one run (((unearned) and collected one strike out. Gina Kruger was the losing pitcher. Corinne Good (1-4) added a hit for UVa in the 4-1 win.
In the second game, Elon took and n Jessica Vanderploeg scored a run on Jen Warren’s sacrifice hit. Vanderploeg and Warreearly 1-0 lead in the second inning when Jessica Vanderploeg scored a run on Jen Warren’s sacrifice hit. Vanderploeg and Warren are each local products of Charlottesville, as both played high school softball at Albemarle High School. But it was all Virginia after that point in the game, as the Cavaliers scored nine unanswered runs to pull away to a 9-1 victory. UVa recorded 11 hits in the contest, as Karen Breshears (2-3, two runs, RBI, triple), Katienno (2-3, RBI, run) and Gina McCabe (2-2, RBI, triple) Zunno (2-3, RBI, run) and Gina McCabe (2-2, RBI, triple) registered six hits between the trio. Reese (1-3, two RBI, run) hit her first triple of the year, and Good (1-2, RBI) and Young (1-4, two runs, RBI) each recorded doubles for the Orange and Blue.
Cory Bolkan tallied her second win of the season as a pitcher. She pitched five innings, scattering eight hits and yielded only one run. Vanderploeg picked-up the loss for Elon. Dennis (1-2, RBI, run) and Amy Peay (1-3, run) added hits for UVa in the 9-1 victory.
With the two wins, Virginia’s record improves to 22-20 overall (1-3 in the ACC). UVa has now won 10 of its last 12 contests, and has extended its season-high win streak to five games. Elon falls The Cavaliers will return to home acti to 8-22 on the season. The Cavaliers will return to home action on Sunday, April 11 when Virginia faces conference rival Georgia Tech in an ACC doubleheader scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. at The Park.