Virginia Softball Falls To 17th-Ranked Florida State
April 28, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Virginia softball team had its 12-game winning streak snapped by 17th-ranked Florida State as the Seminoles swept a doubleheader from the Cavaliers Saturday (April 28) at the Seminole Softball Complex. Florida State won 8-0 and 10-2 in a pair of five inning games. With the losses, the Cavaliers fall to 49-15 overall and 4-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while FSU improves to 49-7 overall and 5-1 in the ACC.
In the first contest, Florida State used a three-run homer from Monique Marier in the bottom of the fifth inning to give the Seminoles an 8-0 five-inning victory. Leslie Malerich held the Cavaliers to just four hits in improving her record to 19-2. Robyn Gauger added a RBI double and a two-run triple for the Seminoles.
Third-year Kristen Dennis (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon) took the loss for the Cavaliers. She allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits in four innings of work. Dennis also struck out four batters and walked one. First-year Jessica Edwards (Santa Ana, Calif./Orange Lutheran) gave up three runs on one hit in two-thirds of an inning. Third-year right fielder Meaghan Young (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) led UVa with a pair of hits, while fourth-year center fielder Kelly McCabe (Maple Glen, Pa./Upper Dublin) and second-year third baseman Ruby Rojas (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) accounted for the other two Cavalier hits.
In the second game, Florida State broke open a 4-2 contest with six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning in a 10-2 victory. FSU scored the six runs in the fourth on seven hits and were aided by three Cavalier miscues.
Florida State scored one run in the first and three in the second off UVa third-year starter Erin Allinder (Norco, Calif./Norco) to take a 4-0 lead. Virginia rallied with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning to cut the Seminole lead to 4-2. Second-year second baseman Jill Bumler (Montclair, Va./Bishop O’Connell) led off the top of the third with a single to left field. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by second-year left fielder Katie Weinberg (Reston, Va./South Lakes). Young singled to move Bumler to third. McCabe then plated Bumler with a single up the middle and Rojas loaded the bases with a single up the middle. Dennis followed with a RBI single to center field that scored Young. Florida State was able to get out of the jam when first-year shortstop Heather Field (Lincoln, Calif./Lincoln) hit into a double play. The Seminoles broke the game open with a six-run fourth inning.
Jen White-Stokes (18-2) earned the win for Florida State. She allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out two batters. Allinder (13-4) took the loss as she allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits in one-plus innings of work. Dennis pitched the final three innings and gave up six runs (three earned) on seven hits. She also struck out three batters.
Dennis was two for two with a RBI at the plate. McCabe was one for three with a RBI, while Young was one for three with a run scored. Bumler was one for two with a run. For FSU, Jess van der Lind was two for three with two RBI and a run, while Marier drove in a pair of runs with a double.
Virginia returns to action on Sunday, April 29 when it plays a doubleheader against Florida A&M at 10:00 a.m. in Tallahassee, Fla.