UVA Defeats No. 1 Seeded Maryland in Seven Innings
May 14, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The #4 seeded University of Virginiasoftball team, coming off a 4-0 victory over Georgia Tech in its firstgame of the afternoon, looked to improve its record to 2-0 in the 1999ACC Softball Championship. The Cavaliers faced the top seeded MarylandTerrapins at Lady Seminole Field in their second contest of thetournament. UVa stunned #21 Maryland 1-0, gathering a run in the top ofthe seventh inning.
Stacey Zagol, who made her first start of the season at firstbase, recorded the first hit of the game with a single in the top of thesixth inning. But it was Virginia’s second hit of the game that was theturning point of the contest. Amy Peay’s RBI single in the top of theseven inning scored Lori Reese, who reached base on one of two costlyTerrapin errors in the inning, to give the ‘Hoos a 1-0 lead they wouldnot relinquish.
Kristen Dennis kept the Terrapins hitters at bay throughout thefirst two innings by striking out five of her first six batters. Shedid not allow a hit until the sixth inning when Maryland’s JenniferPotman hit a single just passes the outstretched arm of UVa’s secondbaseman Peay. But Dennis was great, as she slowed the Terrapins down atthe plate, allowing only two hits in the contest. She tallied sevenstrikeouts on the evening as she improved to 8-5 on the season.Maryland’s Kelly Shipman was handed the loss, despite allowing only twohits in the game.
With the win, Virginia improves to 34-24 overall, 2-0 in the ACCTournament. The loss drops Maryland’s record to 47-20 overall, 0-1 inthe tournament. The Cavaliers will return to action on Saturday, May 14at 5:00 p.m. when UVa faces the Florida State Seminoles (38-25-1) atLady Seminole Field.
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WP: Kristen Dennis (8-5)LP: Kelly Shipman (28-12)