Young Hits Game-Winning Homer To Propel Virginia Softball To Doubleheader Sweep Over Georgia Tech
April 14, 2001
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia fourth-year right fielder Meaghan Young (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) hit a game-winning home run in the bottom of the eighth inning of the second game to lift the Cavaliers to a 1-0 win and a doubleheader sweep over Georgia Tech in Atlantic Coast Conference softball action Saturday (April 14) at The Park. In the first game of the doubleheader, UVa broke a 1-1 tie with a run in the bottom of the seventh to earn a 2-1 victory. With the two wins, the Cavaliers improve to 39-13 overall and 2-2 in the ACC, while the Yellow Jackets fall to 22-19 overall and 1-3 in the ACC. The second victory was Virginia head coach Cheryl Sprangel’s 599th career win.
In the first game, Young snapped a scoreless tie with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning with a solo home run to right field to propel the Cavaliers to a 1-0 victory. Young was two for three in the game, while first-year shortstop Heather Field (Lincoln, Calif./Lincoln) had a pair of hits in as many at-bats.
Third-year pitcher Erin Allinder (Norco, Calif./Norco) earned her 11th victory of the season against three losses with the complete-game effort. Allinder pitched eight innings and allowed just two hits while striking out two and walking two. Georgia Tech’s Erin Voeltz (11-11) was the tough-luck loser as she allowed just the one earned run on six hits. She struck out six and walked two.
In the first game, second-year third baseman Ruby Rojas (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) broke a 1-1 tie with a RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning. Rojas’ double, her second of the game, plated third-year center fielder Kelly McCabe (Maple Glen, Pa./Upper Dublin) with the game-winning run. In addition to Rojas’ two doubles, UVa received a three of four performance with two runs scored from McCabe.
UVa first-year pitcher Jessica Edwards (Santa Ana, Calif./Orange Lutheran) earned the victory in the first game. Edwards (8-4) allowed one run on three hits and struck out 13 while walking four. Voeltz also went the distance in the first game and allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits. She struck out seven and walked five.
The Yellow Jackets took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Jamie Frost scored on Erin Hawley’s single to right field. The Cavaliers tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the third. McCabe singled to start the third inning and Field sacrificed McCabe to second. After recording the putout, Georgia Tech’s Ellen Styer tried to pick McCabe off second, but threw the ball into left center, allowing McCabe to score.
Virginia returns to action on Tuesday, April 17 when it travels to Lynchburg, Va. for a 2:00 p.m. doubleheader against Liberty.