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March 16, 2002

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – After winning Pool C of the Capital Classic Softball Tournament with a perfect 4-0 record, the Virginia softball team fell to Miami University 3-1 in the first round of bracket play Saturday (March 16) at the Sacramento Softball Complex. The Cavaliers, who now stand at 22-9 on the season, move to the consolation bracket and will play the loser of a game between UNLV and Long Island at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time Saturday evening.

Miami (4-18), broke open a scoreless game with three runs in the top of the sixth inning. Angie Gerber provided the big hit for the Red Hawks with a two-run homer to left field. The Cavaliers scored their only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. Third-year left fielder Johanna Kaiser (Scottsdale, Ariz./Saguaro) hit a double that scored first-year Lauren Dennis (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon). Second-year catcher Stephanie Calhoun (Spring Valley, Calif./Mount Miguel) then singled to left field and advanced to second on an error by the left fielder. With runners on second and third, first-year right fielder M.K. White (Vienna, Va./James Madison) flied out to right field to end the threat and the game.

First-year pitcher Valerie Sevilla (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) took the loss for Virginia and now stands at 5-3 on the year. She pitched 5.2 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out two batters while walking one. Fourth-year All-American Kristen Dennis (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon) pitched the final 1.1 innings and struck out three of the four batters she faced.

Miami’s Jackie Poggendorf (4-8) earned the victory as she held UVa to one run on six hits and struck out two batters. She also threw a three-hit shutout in a 1-0 victory over the Cavaliers on March 8.

Kaiser accounted for two of Virginia’s six hits in the game with a single and a double.

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