Virginia Falls To North Carolina 7-3 In ACC Tournament
May 11, 2001
RALEIGH, N.C. – The third-seeded University of Virginia softball team lost to second-seeded North Carolina 7-3 in the first day of competition in the Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Tournament Friday evening (May 11) at Walnut Creek Sports Complex. With the loss, the Cavaliers fall to 51-16 on the season and will face fourth-seeded Georgia Tech on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in the double elimination tournament. The Yellow Jackets lost to Maryland 1-0 Friday afternoon.
The Tar Heels (35-17-1) scored five unearned runs in the top of the first inning to break the game open. The first two batters of the game reached on UVa errors and North Carolina added four hits in scoring the five unearned runs. UNC also added single runs in the third and fifth innings to take a 7-0 lead. The Cavaliers scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to cut the deficit to 7-3. Third-year pitcher Erin Allinder (Norco, Calif./Norco) and first-year first baseman Hannah Owings (Issaquah, Wash./Liberty) walked with one out in the bottom of the fifth. Second-year second baseman Jill Bumler (Montclair, Va./Bishop O’Connell) followed with a single down the left field line to load the bases. Second-year left fielder Katie Weinberg (Reston, Va./South Lakes) drew a bases loaded walk to score Allinder. Fourth-year right fielder Meaghan Young (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) then hit a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Owings. Third-year center fielder Kelly McCabe (Maple Glen, Pa./Upper Dublin) plated Bumler with the third run with a single down the left field line.
Third-year pitcher Kristen Dennis (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon) took the loss as she fell to 17-7 on the year. Dennis allowed six runs with only one earned on seven hits in 2.2 innings of work. Allinder pitched the final 4.1 innings and allowing one run on six hits. UNC’s Radara McHugh limited UVa to three runs on two hits and struck out eight batters while walking five. She improved to 21-10 with the victory.
McCabe and Bumler had the Cavaliers’ two hits in the game. North Carolina’s Dionne Streete had three hits in the contest, while Quinn Porter and Natalie Anter had two hits and two RBI for the Tar Heels. Beth Olen also had two hits and one RBI for UNC.
In the ACC Tournament on Saturday, Virginia’s game against Georgia Tech has been moved up two hours to 11:00 a.m. because of a threat of rain. Games five and six of the ACC Tournament will also be moved up two hours and are now scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.