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Feb. 17, 2002

Box Score

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Virginia softball team won its first two games Sunday (February 17), but couldn’t sustain the momentum of 1-0 victories over East Carolina and Illinois and fell to Tennessee 3-1 in the Triangle Classic at Walnut Creek Park. The loss to Tennessee occurred in the championship game of the gold consolation bracket. First-year right fielder/pitcher Val Sevilla (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) was selected to the Triangle Classic All-Tournament team after tossing a no-hitter against East Carolina and batting .480 (12-25) in seven games. The Cavaliers went 5-2 in their season-opening tournament.

UVa began play Sunday with a 1-0 victory over East Carolina with Sevilla firing a no-hitter. Sevilla struck out one batter and walked one in improving to 2-0 on the year. She was also three for three at the plate and drove in third-year left fielder Katie Weinberg (Reston, Va./South Lakes) with a triple with two outs in the sixth inning to account for the game’s lone run.

The Cavaliers improved to 5-1 on the season with a 1-0 eight-inning victory over Illinois. Sevilla again accounted for the only run in the game when she reached on a fielder’s choice grounder that scored first-year pinch runner Lauren Dennis (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon) in the top of the eighth inning. Fourth-year All-American Kristen Dennis (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon) was the winning pitcher as she improved to 2-1 with her second shutout of the season. Dennis allowed four Fighting Illini hits while striking out nine and walking one. Graduate student Kelly McCabe (Maple Glen, Pa./Upper Dublin) had a pair of hits in the game, including a double.

Virginia dropped a 3-1 decision to Tennessee in the championship game of gold consolation bracket. The Volunteers scored all three of their runs in the top of the first inning off fourth-year pitcher Erin Allinder (Norco, Calif./Norco). Sevilla allowed only two hits in five innings of relief work. Second-year catcher Stephanie Calhoun (Spring Valley, Calif./Mount Miguel) hit her first home run of the season in the fourth inning for UVa’s lone run of the game.

The Cavaliers return to action Friday, February 22 through Sunday, February 24 when they travel to Cookeville, Tenn. to compete in the Tennessee Tech Tournament. UVa opens the tournament against host Tennessee Tech at 4:00 p.m. on Friday.

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