UVa Splits Pair Of Games In Worth/Icebreaker Tournament
Feb. 23, 2002
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Third-year All-American Kristen Dennis (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon) tossed her second consecutive no-hitter of the season to lead the Virginia softball team to a 6-0 victory over Louisville Saturday (February 22) in the Worth/Icebreaker Tournament at Cane Creek Complex. In its first game of the day, the Cavaliers fell to Middle Tennessee State 4-1. UVa is now 2-1 in the tournament and 7-3 on the season. Louisville is 2-7 on the season, while Middle Tennessee State is 3-3.
Dennis, who opened the tournament by firing a no-hitter in a 7-0 win over Tennessee Tech Friday, notched her second collegiate no-hitter in UVa’s 6-0 win over Louisville. Dennis struck out 12 and walked two batters in improving to 4-1 this season.
The Cavaliers scored the only run they would need in the bottom of the first inning as Dennis drove in first-year right fielder Val Sevilla (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) with a bases load single. Sevilla led of the inning with a walk. Virginia increased its lead to 2-0 with a run in the bottom of the fourth and then broke the game open with four runs in the fifth inning. Second-year shortstop Heather Field (Lincoln, Calif./Lincoln), second-year designated player Stephanie Calhoun (Spring Valley, Calif./Mount Miguel) and third-year left fielder Johanna Kaiser (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro) all delivered RBI singles in the inning, while second-year third baseman Tracy Sherman (San Clemente, Calif./St. Margaret’s Episcopal) drove in the fourth run with a double.
Graduate student center fielder Kelly McCabe (Maple Glen, Pa./Upper Dublin) was the lone Cavalier with two hits in the contest, while Sevilla scored a pair of runs.
In the its first game of the day, Virginia lost to Middle Tennessee State 4-1. UVa committed five errors in the game and all four of the Lady Raider’s runs were unearned. Sevilla (1-2) took the loss as she gave up the four unearned runs on four hits in 4.2 innings of work. Fourth-year Erin Allinder (Norco, Calif./Norco) pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief in place of Sevilla.
Virginia took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Dennis, who was three for three in the game, singled to lead off the inning. Third-year Katie Weinberg (Reston, Va./South Lakes) pinch ran for Dennis and advanced to second on Field’s bunt single. Both runners moved up on Calhoun’s sacrifice bunt. Weinberg then scored on a wild pitch. Middle Tennessee State scored all four of its unearned runs in the top of the fifth inning.
The Cavaliers conclude play in the Worth/Icebreaker Tournament Sunday (February 24) with a pair of games. UVa plays Bowling Green at 11:00 a.m. and Bradley at 2:00 p.m.