Virginia Softball Sweeps Doubleheader From Maryland
April 22, 2001
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia softball team registered a pair of come-from-behind victories over Maryland in Atlantic Coast Conference softball action Sunday afternoon (April 22) at The Park. UVa erased a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Terrapins 3-2 in nine innings in the first game of the doubleheader, then turned a one-run deficit into a 5-1 victory in the nightcap. The two wins improved Virginia’s winning streak to 10 games and it also finished the home portion of its season with a perfect 18-0 record. UVa is now 47-13 overall and 4-2 in the ACC, while Maryland falls to 34-16 overall and 1-3 in the ACC.
In the first game, Maryland scored a pair of runs in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead. Danielle Carpenter accounted for the first run with a RBI triple and then scored on Michelle Burrell’s infield single. The Cavaliers cut the lead in half when second-year third baseman Ruby Rojas (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) doubled and eventually scored on first-year first baseman Hannah Owings’ (Issaquah, Wash./Liberty) single up the middle. UVa tied the game at 2-2 when third-year center fielder Kelly McCabe (Maple Glen, Pa./Upper Dublin) singled to right to score fourth-year right fielder Meaghan Young (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury). Young tripled to right with one out. Young also scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth. She hit a one-out double to center and scored on Rojas’ two-out single to left.
Third-year Kristen Dennis (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon) earned the victory in the circle as she allowed two runs on six hits in nine innings of work. She struck 11 and walked three in improving to 15-5 on the season. Maryland’s Amanda Bettker (12-4) took the loss. She allowed three runs on nine hits and struck out four. Young, Rojas and Owings each had two hits for the Cavaliers. Burrell paced the Terrapins with three hits.
In the second game, the Cavaliers scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning in a 5-1 victory. The Terps took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third when Burrell scored on Jennifer Potzman’s suicide squeeze. UVa answered with a run in the fourth. Dennis doubled to lead off the inning. First-year Traci Tate (Lynchburg, Va./Brookvile), pinch running for Dennis, moved to third on first-year shortstop Heather Field’s (Lincoln, Calif./Lincoln) sacrifice. Tate scored on Owings’ single up the middle. The Cavaliers broke the game open with four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Second-year left fielder Katie Weinberg (Reston, Va./South Lakes) doubled down the right field line to start the inning. Young moved her to third on a sacrifice and Weinberg scored on McCabe’s single up the middle. Rojas then reached on an infield error. With one out, Field walked to load the bases and Owings came through with another single up the middle that scored McCabe. Field was hung up between second and third on the play, forcing Rojas to try to score. The throw home was wild, allowing both Rojas and Field to score.
Third-year Erin Allinder (Norco, Calif./Norco) earned the victory for UVa as she allowed one run on four hits in improving her record to 13-3. Moncia Cyphert (8-6) took the loss for Maryland. She gave up five runs (three earned) on seven hits in four innings of work. Owings had two hits and two RBI for Virginia, while Maryland’s Annmarie Browne also collected two hits.
Virginia returns to action on Tuesday, April 24 when it travels to Salem, Va. for a 6:00 p.m. doubleheader against Virginia Tech.