UVA Falls to FSU, 3-0 in ACC Championship Game
May 16, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After improving its record to 2-1 in the 1999Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Tournament with a 3-1 victory over thenumber one seeded Maryland Terrapins, the University of Virginia softballteam advanced to play the Florida State Seminoles in the Championship gameof the tournament at Lady Seminole Field. The Cavaliers, seeded fourth inthe tournament, looked to hand the number two seeded Seminoles their firstloss in tournament play. UVa hung tough through four innings of playbefore FSU used a decisive fifth inning to its advantage. The Seminolesscored three unanswered runs en route to claiming the ’99 ACC Tournamenttitle.
After four scoreless innings of play, Florida State scored thefirst run of the game when Becky Wallace laid down a well executed RBI buntthat scored Tami Post to give the Seminoles a 1-0 lead. One batter later,Dana Bailey scored FSU’s second run of the game on a wild pitch to make ita 2-0 advantage for Florida State. The Seminoles scored their third run ofthe game when Jessie McGregor drove in Becky Brock on a fielders choice togive FSU a 3-0 lead.
Kristen Dennis, who pitched an outstanding tournament for Virginia,gathered the loss despite allowing only two hits. Stacey Venable was thewinning pitcher, as she also threw a two-hitter to improve her record to13-1 on the season.
Lori Reese (2-4) recorded both of UVa’s hits in the game to addwith a stolen base in her last game as a Cavalier.
Karen Breshears, Kristen Dennis and Meaghan Young were selected tothe ACC All-Tournament Team. FSU’s Danielle Cox was name the tournamentMVP.
The loss drops Virginia’s record to 35-26 overall. The Cavaliersfinished the tournament with a 3-2 record. Florida State’s record improvesto 40-25-1 overall as the Seminoles finished 3-0 in the tournament to claimtheir seventh ACC Championship title.