Virginia Softball Posts 2-1 Victory Over East Carolina
April 1, 2001
GREENVILLE, N.C. – The University of Virginia softball team defeated East Carolina 2-1 in the first game of a Southern Atlantic Softball Alliance (SASA) doubleheader on Sunday (April 1) at the ECU Softball Complex. The second game of the twinbill was halted with the Cavaliers leading 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning because of heavy rain and thunderstorms. The second game will be continued at the point it was halted at a date to be determined. UVa improves to 31-9 overall and 1-1 in the SASA with the victory in game one, while the Lady Pirates fall to 31-13 overall and 0-1 in the SASA.
Third-year pitcher Kristen Dennis (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon) earned the victory in the circle for Virginia as she struck out 14 ECU batters in a complete-game effort. Dennis (11-4) allowed one run on six hits and walked three in seven innings of work. Laurie Davidson took the loss for East Carolina. She gave up two runs on just three hits and struck out six batters.
East Carolina took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning, but the Cavaliers came back to take the lead with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning. Second-year pinch runner Katie Weinberg (Reston, Va./South Lakes) scored when third-year center fielder Kelly McCabe (Maple Glen, Pa./Upper Dublin) reached base on a fielder’s choice. Dennis helped her own cause by driving in fourth-year right fielder Meaghan Young (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) with a fielder’s choice. Young’s run proved to be the game-winner.
In the second game, which was halted in the bottom of the fourth inning with UVa leading 2-0, the Cavaliers scored single runs in the first and second innings. McCabe scored the first run on a sacrifice fly by Dennis. Young delivered second-year left fielder Johanna Kaiser (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro), who had singled to lead off the second inning, with a base hit to stake UVa to a 2-0 lead.
Virginia first-year Jessica Edwards (Santa Ana, Calif./Orange Lutheran) held East Carolina hitless in 3.2 innings of work. She has struck out four and walked four.
The game was halted with two outs and two runners on base in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Virginia returns to action on Tuesday, April 3 when it travels to Fairfax, Va. for a 2:30 p.m. doubleheader at George Mason.