Virginia Softball Team Sweeps Doubleheader From Florida A&M
April 29, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Virginia softball team bounced back from a pair of losses on Saturday by sweeping Florida A&M in a doubleheader on Sunday (April 29) at the Rattlerette Complex. The Cavaliers won the first game 3-0 and took the nightcap 7-1 for their 50th and 51st victories of the season. UVa is now 51-15 on the year, while Florida A&M falls to 18-37 overall.
Second-year third baseman Ruby Rojas (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) supplied the offense for the Cavaliers in the twinbill as she posed five hits and five RBI. Rojas was four for four with two RBI in Virginia’s 3-0 win and supplied a three-run homer, her eighth round-tripper of the season, in the second game. Rojas is now hitting a team-high .405 (77-190) this season. Fourth-year right fielder Meaghan Young (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) had three hits in the doubleheader including her school record 24th career triple in the second game.
In the first game, first-year pitcher Joanna Barstad (Canby, Ore./Canby) tossed a two-hit shutout in UVa’s 3-0 victory. Barstad struck out three and walked three in improving to 10-1 on the season. Florida A&M’s Tenyse Tasby (14-15) took the loss. She allowed three runs on seven hits.
The Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning when Rojas drove in Young with a single up the middle. Virginia added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh inning. Rojas drilled her second RBI single of the game that scored second-year second baseman Jill Bumler (Montclair, Va./Bishop O’Connell) to make the score 2-0. Third-year center fielder Kelly McCabe (Maple Glen, Pa./Upper Dublin) scored the third Cavalier run of the game on an error by the Rattlerette’s catcher.
In the second game, UVa scored five runs in the top of the third inning to break the game open. Rojas accounted for the first three runs of the inning with a three-run homer that scored Bumler and Young. Second-year left fielder Johanna Kaiser (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro) supplied a RBI single that scored third-year first baseman Kristen Dennis (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon), who reached base on a single. First-year shortstop Heather Field (Lincoln, Calif./Lincoln) scored the fifth run of the inning on a wild pitch. Virginia scored single runs in the fourth and seventh inning as well. In the fourth, Young led off the inning with her school record 24th career triple and then scored on McCabe’s double down the left field line. Dennis scored an unearned run in the seventh to make the final score 7-1.
Third-year starter Erin Allinder (Norco, Calif./Norco) picked up the victory. She allowed just one unearned run on five hits and struck out three without walking a batter. Allinder (14-4) lost her bid for a shutout when Florida A&M scored an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth. Javette Dryer (3-18) took the loss for the Rattlerettes. She pitched 2.2 innings and gave up six hits and five runs.
Dennis and Young both had two hits and scored two runs for the Cavaliers, while Rojas hit a three-run homer.
Virginia next competes in the ACC Tournament May 11-13 at Walnut Creek Softball Complex in Raleigh, N.C.