Virginia Softball Records 9-0 And 5-0 Wins Over George Mason
April 3, 2001
FAIRFAX, Va. – The University of Virginia softball team received two excellent pitching performances in sweeping a doubleheader from George Mason at GMU Field Tuesday afternoon (April 3). In the first game, first-year Joanna Barstad (Canby, Ore./Canby) allowed five hits in a 9-0 Cavalier win, while first-year Jessica Edwards (Santa Ana, Calif./Orange Lutheran) pitched a one-hitter in UVa’s 5-0 triumph in the nightcap. With the two victories, Virginia improves to 33-9 on the season, while the Patriots fall to 9-19.
In the 9-0 win in the first game, Barstad registered her fourth shutout of the year and improved to 6-1 on the season. Barstad scattered five hits over six innings and struck out one while walking one. Rene Leveque (4-10) took the loss for George Mason.
First-year shortstop Heather Field (Lincoln, Calif./Lincoln) went three for four with three RBI, while third-year first baseman Kristen Dennis (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon) was two for two with a double and a triple and two RBI in the first contest. Second-year third baseman Ruby Rojas (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) was two for three with two RBI and two runs scored.
The Cavaliers scored what proved to be the game-winning run in the top of the first inning when fourth-year right fielder Meaghan Young (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) scored on Field’s bunt single. Young walked to lead off the game and then stole second. She moved to third on a sacrifice bunt before scoring on Field’s single. UVa added three runs in the fifth and five more runs in the sixth to make the final score 9-0.
In the second game, Edwards struck out 10 and walked four in firing a complete game one-hitter in a 5-0 Cavalier victory. The shutout was Edwards’ third of the season as she improved to 7-3. The only hit Edwards allowed was a double by Kim Braxton in the fourth inning. GMU’s Miranda Fox fell to 5-4 with the loss.
Rojas was two for four, including her fifth home run of the season, with three RBI in the game. Second-year left fielder Katie Weinberg (Reston, Va./South Lakes) was two for two with two stolen bases and one run.
The Cavaliers took a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning. With one out, Weinberg singled through the left side and then stole second base. She moved to third and then scored on back-to-back wild pitches. Young scored the second run of the inning on a single to center by Rojas. In the top of the seventh, Young plated first-year catcher Molly Geissenhainer (Annandale, Va./Georgetown Visitation) with a single to right field. Rojas accounted for the final two runs with a two-run homer to left that scored third-year center fielder Kelly McCabe (Maple Glen, Pa./Upper Dublin), who had singled, to make the final score 5-0.
Virginia is next in action at the Lady Vol Spring Invitational April 6-8 in Knoxville, Tenn. The Cavaliers open the tournament by playing Centenary at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6, followed by a 5:00 p.m. game against host Tennessee.