Virginia Softball Splits Doubleheader With Virginia Tech
April 3, 2002
SALEM, Va. – The Virginia softball team split a doubleheader with in-state rival Virginia Tech Wednesday (April 3) at the Moyer Sports Complex. The Cavaliers won the first game 3-2, but lost the nightcap 2-1 in eight innings. UVa now stands at 33-14 on the season, while the Hokies are 23-8.
In Virginia’s 3-2 win in the first game, the Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as they used three walks and one hit to score the first run of the contest. First-year right fielder Valerie Sevilla (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) led off the inning with a walk and scored on second-year shortstop Heather Field’s (Lincoln, Calif./Lincoln) bases loaded walk. UVa increased its lead to 2-0 with an unearned run in the fourth. Second-year first baseman Hannah Owings (Issaquah, Wash./Liberty) led off the inning with a single and first-year pinch runner Lauren Dennis (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon) came around to score on Sevilla’s RBI groundout.
The Hokies tied the game at 2-2 with two unearned runs with two outs in the top of the seventh. Carmen Farmer delivered a two-out, two-run double to knot the game at 2-2. The Cavaliers won the game with a single tally in the bottom of the seventh. Sevilla led of the inning with a single and was out at second on fifth-year center fielder Kelly McCabe’s (Maple Glen, Pa./Upper Dublin) fielder’s choice grounder. McCabe advanced to second on third-year third baseman Ruby Rojas’ (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) walk. McCabe came around to score on Field’s double to left field.
Fourth-year All-American Kristen Dennis (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon) earned the victory for UVa and improved to 16-5 on the season. Dennis gave up two unearned runs on five hits and struck out 12 batters while walking two. Clarisa Crowell (5-1) took the loss for Virginia Tech. She gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits while striking out four and walking seven. Dennis had a pair of hits for the Cavaliers, while Field drove in two runs. Farmer had two hits and two RBI for Virginia Tech.
In the second game, the Hokies scored the game-winning run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to earn a 2-1 extra-inning victory. In accordance with the international tiebreaker rule, Tiffany Hurt, the last batter in the previous inning, was placed on second base to begin the bottom of the eighth. She advanced to third on Farmer’s sacrifice, and with two outs, scored the game-winning run on Amy Voorhees’ single to right field. The Hokies’ Ashlee Dobbe got out of a one-out bases loaded jam in the top of the eighth inning to earn the victory. Dobbe (17-7) allowed one run on seven hits and struck out six batters while walking one.
Virginia Tech used three hits to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. The Cavaliers tied the contest at 1-1 in the third. Sevilla hit a one-out double and then scored on Rojas’ RBI single.
Dennis came in to pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning and took the loss. She fell to 16-6 on the season. She allowed one unearned run and struck out one in two-thirds of an inning of work. Sevilla pitched the first seven innings and allowed one run on five hits. She struck out five and walked one. Sevilla had to leave the game after injuring her ankle while stealing second base in the top of the eighth.
Rojas had a pair of hits and drove in the lone Cavalier run in the second game. Sevilla also had two hits and scored UVa’s run. Voohrees and Crowell both had two hits for Virginia Tech.
UVa returns to action on Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7 when it participates in the Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Cavaliers play Maryland at 12 noon and North Carolina at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Georgia Tech at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday. The championship game of the tournament will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday.