Virginia Softball Splits Pair Of Games At Lady Vol Spring Invite
April 7, 2001
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Virginia softball defeated Centenary 8-2, but lost to Stephen F. Austin 3-2 Saturday (April 7) in the Lady Vol Spring Invitational at Tyson Park. The Cavaliers now stand at 3-1 in the three-day tournament and are 36-10 on the season.
In the 8-2 win over Centenary, first-year shortstop Heather Field (Lincoln, Calif./Lincoln) and first-year designated player Hannah Owings (Issaquah, Wash./Liberty) combined for seven of the Cavaliers’ season-high 16 hits in the game. Owings was a perfect four for four with two RBI and a run, while Field had three hits, including a double, and scored a pair of runs. Second-year second baseman Jill Bumler (Montclair, Va./Bishop O’Connell) was two for two with two RBI, while fourth-year right fielder Meaghan Young (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) and second-year third baseman Ruby Rojas (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) both had a pair of hits for UVa.
First-year Joanna Barstad (Canby, Ore./Canby) picked up the win for the Cavaliers with a complete-game effort. She allowed two runs on four hits while improving to 8-1 on the season. Catherine Olson (2-6) took the loss for Centenary.
The Cavaliers broke the game open early with four runs in the bottom of the second inning and added two more runs in the third to take a 6-0 lead. Owings, Young and Bumler tallied RBI singles in the second inning. In the third, second-year left fielder Johanna Kaiser (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro) plated Field with a double and then scored on Barstad’s suicide squeeze bunt. Centenary (15-36) scored single runs in the four and seventh innings.
Virginia had its six-game winning streak snapped with a 3-2 loss to Stephen F. Austin (16-21). The Lady Jacks took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the Cavaliers came back to take a 2-1 lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Rojas singled to lead off the fourth and then stole second base. Third-year designated played Kristen Dennis (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon) walked then Field singled to load the bases. Rojas scored on Kaiser’s sacrifice fly to tie the game at 1-1. After Owings walked to load the bases again, second-year catcher Britton Gore (Vienna, Va./James Madison) gave UVa a 2-1 lead with a sacrifice fly that scored Dennis. Stephen F. Austin (16-21) tied the game at 2-2 with a run in the top of the fifth and then notched an unearned run in the seventh to capture the 3-2 win.
First-year Jessica Edwards (Santa Ana, Calif./Orange Lutheran) fell to 7-4 with the loss. She pitched 6.2 innings and allowed eight hits and three runs (two earned). Edwards struck out 11 batters and walked one. The Lady Jacks’ Morgan Tolleson (6-7) pitched the final three innings and limited UVa to one hit in earning the victory.
Virginia concludes play in the three-day Lady Vol Spring Invitational on Sunday. The Cavaliers have a rematch against Stephen F. Austin at 9:00 a.m. and then finish play in the tourney with a 1:00 p.m. game against Tennessee.