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April 19, 1999

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia softball team took its season-high ten-game winning streak into its matchup with the UNC-Charlotte 49ers at The Park. UVa, winner of 15 of its last 17 contests, handed UNC-Charlotte a 4-1 in its last outing with the 49ers on Saturday, April 17. The Cavaliers can now claim themselves as winners of 16 of their last 18 contests, as Virginia defeated UNC-Charlotte 7-2 to record its 11th consecutive victory. The 11 consecutive wins ties the mark of 11 victories set by last season’s 1998 squad as the second most consecutive wins in a single season in the history of the softball program at UVa.

Virginia scored the first five runs of the game, with four of those five runs coming in a decisive second inning. Kristen Dennis (1-4, double), Karen Breshears (3-3, RBI, double), Chrissy Quinn and Mariruth Graham (1-3) each scored a run for the Cavaliers in the inning to give UVa a 4-0 lead. In the third inning, Virginia increased its lead to 5-0 when Lori Reese (2-3, two runs) scored one of her two runs on Jen Krill’s (1-2, two RBI) RBI single.

UNC-Charlotte would answer UVa’s five unanswered runs with a pair of runs in the fourth inning to make the score 5-2. Janine Repole (2-3, run) started the inning off for the 49ers by hitting a single to get on base. One batter later, Stephanie Dunlap (1-3, two RBI, run) crushed a two-run homerun over the right field fence to pull UNC-Charlotte withing three runs of Virginia. However, that would be as close as the 49ers would get, as the Cavaliers would add two more runs in the fifth inning to seal the game.

Reese scored her second run of the game in the fifth inning after Krill recorded her second RBI of the contest. After Krill reached first base on a fielders choice, Claudia Hickey broke out her running shoes and entered the game as a pinch runner for Krill. Hickey stole second and third base before stealing home to score UVa’s seventh run of the game. Hickey, who finished with a game-high 3-3 stolen base attempts, led the Cavaliers en route to eight stolen bases in the game. Quinn (2-2), Graham (1-1), Reese and Amy Peay (1-1) joined Hickey with stolen bases in the 7-2 win.

Quinn recorded her ninth win of the season as a pitcher for Virginia. The third-year improved to 9-5 on the season, as she threw a complete game win after spreading out six hits over seven innings of play. She also tallied six strikeouts on the afternoon. UNC-Charlotte’s Brooks Bower was dealt the loss after she surrendered four runs on five hits in just two innings of work.

With the win, Virginia’s record improves to 28-20 overall. UVa is 3-3 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. With the loss, UNC-Charlotte falls to 19-26 on the season. The Cavaliers will return to action on Tuesday, April 20 when UVa travels to Baltimore, Md. for its final road trip of the 1999 regular season when Virginia faces the University of Maryland-Baltimore County in a doubleheader.

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