Virginia Gathers Two Wins in Hoo's Who Tournament
March 26, 1999
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia softball team began play in the 1999 UVa Hoo’s Who Tournament at The Park. The tournament is being hosted by UVa. The Cavaliers opened play in the tournament with a contest against the Akron Zips, followed by a game with the Penn State Nittany Lions.
In Virginia’s first game against Akron, the Cavaliers watched the Zips jump out to a 2-0 lead after Akron scored runs in the third and fifth inning before they would make a late rally. UVa scored a run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Corinne Good (RBI) drove in Claudia Hickey (run) to make the score 2-1. Trailing by a run in the bottom of the seventh inning, Virginia dug deep into its pocket and pulled out the game-tying run when Kristen Dennis (1-4, RBI) hit an RBI single that scored Meaghan Young (2-4, run) to make the score 2-2. After the Zips went ahead 3-2 in the eighth inning of play, UVa responded once again by recording two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Karen Breshears (1-4, run) scored the Cavaliers third run to knot the score at 3-3. A few batter later, Chrissy Quinn (1-2, RBI) hit the game-winning single that scored Amy Peay (1-3, run) to give Virginia the 4-3 victory. Quinn was also the winning pitcher, as she went eight solid innings allowing only three runs (one earned) on seven hits and recorded a game-high 11 strikeouts. Lori Reese and Julie Amaon finished 2-4 in the win.
In UVa’s second game with Penn State, the Cavaliers once again fell behind early by the scores of 1-0 and 2-1. Virginia would tie the score at 2-2 when Mariruth Graham (1-2, double, RBI, run) hit a RBI double that scored Amaon (run). UVa scored the go ahead run in the fifth inning when Jen Krill (RBI) scored Reese (1-3, run) to make it a 3-2 Virginia lead. The Cavaliers would add an insurance run in the sixth inning when Graham scored on a Penn State error, giving UVa a 4-2 victory. Stacey Zagol tallied the win, as she threw a complete game allowing only three hits and two runs (one earned) while striking out two batters. Young finished 2-2 and Good scored the Cavaliers first run of the game. Peay (1-3) hit a double and Breshears went 1-2 at the plate in the win.
The other contest of the first day of the tournament featured Akron vs. Penn State. The Nittany Lions defeated the Zips by the score of 10-2.
With the two victories, Virginia’s record improves to 16-18 overall, 0-2 in the ACC. UVa has now won four consecutive games. The Cavaliers will return to action on Sunday, March 28 when Virginia concludes play in the 1999 UVa Hoo’s Who Tournament. The Cavaliers will end play in the tournament with a contest against Rutgers at 12:00 p.m. before facing Marshall at 2:00 p.m. All the games in the tournament will be held at The Park, on the North Grounds at UVa.
Akron 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 3 7 3Virginia 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 4 10 4
Penn State 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 4Virginia 1 0 0 1 1 1 4 6 3