Virginia Softball Falls To East Carolina 6-5
April 12, 2001
GREENVILLE, N.C. – The University of Virginia softball team fell to East Carolina 6-5 on Thursday (April 12) in a Southern Atlantic Softball Alliance matchup at the ECU Softball Complex. The game originally began on April 1, but had to be halted in the bottom of the fourth inning because of heavy rain and thunderstorms. With the loss, the Cavaliers fall to 37-12 overall and 1-2 in the SASA, while East Carolina improves to 35-15 overall and 1-1 in the SASA.
The game resumed with UVa leading 2-0 with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Pirates had two runners on base with two outs in the bottom of the fourth, but the Cavaliers retired the first batter to end the threat. East Carolina scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 2-2.
Virginia scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a 5-2 advantage. Second-year third baseman Ruby Rojas (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) scored on a fielder’s choice grounder by second-year left fielder Johanna Kaiser (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro). First-year first baseman Hannah Owings (Issaquah, Wash./Liberty) then hit a double to score two runs to give the Cavaliers the 5-2 lead. The Pirates responded with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 6-5 lead. East Carolina’s Eva Herron supplied the game-winning hit in the inning with a two-run double. Rojas hit a two-out triple for the Cavaliers in the bottom of the seventh inning, but was stranded at third.
Third-year Erin Allinder (Norco, Calif./Norco) took the loss for UVa. She pitched one inning and allowed four runs on four hits. Virginia first-year Jessica Edwards (Santa Ana, Calif./Orange Lutheran) was the original starting pitcher and she allowed two runs on three hits in 4.2 innings of work. Laurie Davidson picked up the win for East Carolina.
Rojas was the lone Virginia player with more than one hit in the game, as she was two for three with a run scored. She was also hit by a pitch. Owings drove in a pair of runs, while Kaiser scored twice.
Virginia returns to action on Friday, April 13 when it travels to Chapel Hill, N.C. to conclude its game against North Carolina that was suspended on March 31. The game, which begins at 9:30 a.m., will be picked up in the top of the seventh inning with the score tied at 0-0.