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April 23, 1998

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The fourth seeded Virginia Cavaliers posted three runs in the first inning to beat fifth seeded Georgia Tech in the opening game of the Atlantic Coast Conference softball tournament at Lady Seminole Field.

UVa’s Lori Reese (1-3, 3 RBI) hit a bases-loaded double that drove in three runs to give the Cavaliers an early 3-0 lead. Reese’s double scored Stacy Holmes (1-3, run) who singled, Beth Crimi (run) who walked and Karen Breshears (1-3, run) who reached base on a fielders choice. UVa pitcher Stacey Zagol threw a solid game, striking out four batters while allowing only three hits in her outing. Meaghan Young (2-3) added to singles for the Cavaliers in the 3-1 win.

Georgia Tech’s Lauren Webb singled to drive in Susanne Miller in the sixth inning for the Lady Jacket’s only run in the game.

Virginia advanced to game-three of the tournament to face the number one seeded North Carolina Tar Heels. Once again, the Cavaliers jumped out to a first-inning lead they would not relinquish as Virginia pulled out the win. Two UNC errors led to two UVa runs by Young (1-3, run) and Holmes (1-3, 1 RBI, run) in the first inning.

North Carolina scored a run in the fifth inning when Carrie Bates drove in Michelle Semmes. However, that would be all the scoring for the Tar Heels thanks to another stellar performance by Virginia’s Zagol on the mound. She recorded 10 strikeouts while scattering three hits in the win. UVa’s Reese (1-3) added a single in the 2-1 victory.

Virginia’s record improves to (37-26) after posting the two wins in day-one of the tournament. The Cavaliers will return to play on Friday, (April 24) when Virginia faces Florida State at 5:00 p.m.

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