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March 23, 1999

RADFORD, Va. – The University of Virginia softball team looked to snap out of an eight-game losing streak when the Cavaliers meet the Radford Highlanders in a double-header at Dedmon Center Park. UVa did just that, gathering a 5-3 win in game one before taking a decisive 7-0 victory in the second game.

Erin Allinder recorded her first collegiate win as a pitcher for UVa in Virginia’s first game. The Cavaliers dug themselves a hole early in the game after Radford built a 2-0 lead through three innings. But UVa rose to the challenge by scoring five of the last six runs of the contest. The group of Karen Breshears, Kristen Dennis, Lori Reese and Meaghan Young were outstanding for Virginia in the victory. Breshears and Young each finished 3-4 at the plate. Young hit her first collegiate homerun of her career to go along with a double, RBI and one run scored. Dennis (2-4) posted her second homerun of the season and her ninth double of the year, while driving in three runs and scoring a pair of runs herself. Reese (2-3) tallied her fourth double of the season and scored two runs.

Katie Zunno joined Allinder by collecting her first collegiate win as a UVa pitcher in the second game. Zunno threw a complete game shutout, going seven strong innings and allowing only one hit while recording seven strikeouts. Virginia scored a run early in the first inning and held onto a 1-0 lead until it broke the game wide open with three runs in both the sixth and seventh innings. Zunno displayed her all-around playing ability by posting a strong outing while at the plate, as well as on the mound. She finished the game collecting two hits going 2-4. Corinne Good was also 2-4, as she recorded her third double of the year. Jen Krill finished the game 1-3, as she scored two runs and gathered an RBI. Breshears (1-4, run), Dennis (1-3, RBI, run) and Young (1-4) supplied punch to UVa’s offense. Reese scored two runs and Amy Peay scored another run in the 7-0 victory.

With the wins, Virginia’s record improves to 14-18 overall, 0-2 in the ACC. The losses drop Radford’s record to 10-14 overall. The Cavaliers will return to action on Friday, March 26 when Virginia begins play in the 1999 UVa Hoo’s Who Tournament. The Cavaliers will open play in the tournament with a contest against Akron at 12:00 p.m. before facing Penn State at 4:00 p.m. All the games in the tournament will be held at The Park, on the North Grounds at UVa.

Virginia    0 0 0 2 1 0 2    5  11  0Radford     0 1 1 0 0 1 0    3   7   2    Virginia    1 0 0 0 0 3 3    7  8  0Radford     0 0 0 0 0 0 0    0  1  5
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