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April 16, 2002

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BALTIMORE, Md. – The Virginia softball team pounded out 23 hits in sweeping a doubleheader from UMBC 9-0 and 6-1 Tuesday (April 16) at the UMBC Softball Stadium. Among UVa’s 23 hits were three-run home runs by second-year first baseman Hannah Owings (Issaquah, Wash./Liberty), fourth-year All-American Kristen Dennis (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon) and third-year third baseman Ruby Rojas (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei). With the two victories the Cavaliers improve to 40-17 on the season, while UMBC falls to 35-16.

In Virginia’s 9-0 win in the first game, Dennis fired a three-hit shutout and drove in four runs to lead the Cavaliers to the victory. Dennis improved to 21-8 with the victory as she struck out eight batters while walking one. The Retrievers’ Angie Amedro (13-6) took the loss as she allowed seven runs (six earned) on nine hits in five innings of work. Amedro struck out five and walked one. Kristin Dulay pitched the final inning for UMBC and gave up two unearned runs.

In addition to hitting a three-run homer in the third inning, Dennis also drove in UVa’s first run of the game with a sacrifice fly in the first inning that scored second-year shortstop Heather Field (Lincoln, Calif./Lincoln). Later in the first, Owings staked the Cavaliers to a 4-0 lead with a three-run homer to left that scored fifth-year center fielder Kelly McCabe (Maple Glen, Pa./Upper Dublin) and Rojas. McCabe and Rojas also scored on Dennis’ three-run homer to center in the third that increased UVa’s lead to 7-0. Virginia closed out the scoring with a pair of unearned runs in the top of the sixth.

McCabe was three-for-three in the first game with a walk and two runs scored. Dennis had two hits and four RBI, while Owings recorded a pair of hits and drove in three runs. First-year second baseman Lauren Dennis (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon) also had two hits in the contest, while Field and Rojas scored twice. First-year right fielder M.K. White (Vienna, Va./James Madison) drove in UVa’s final run with a base hit.

In the Cavaliers’ 6-1 victory in the second game, second-year pitcher Joanna Barstad (Canby, Ore./Canby) improved to 8-2 with a complete-game effort. Barstad gave up just one unearned run on eight hits and struck out four without walking a batter. UMBC’s Linsi Moy took the loss in the circle. She allowed six runs on 11 hits and struck out four while walking one.

UVa took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Field scored on Kristen Dennis’ single to left. UMBC tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first. Lisa Boone led off with a double and scored when Alexis Viera’s fly ball to right field was misplayed for an error. The Cavaliers took the lead for good with four runs in the top of the fifth inning. First-year catcher Jenn Wynn (Herndon, Va./Herndon) led off the inning with a single and moved to second on White’s sacrifice bunt. Wynn came around to score on Field’s single through the right side of the infield. After McCabe reached on a bunt single, Rojas launched a three-run homer to center field to make the score 5-1. Virginia made the score 6-1 in the seventh inning. McCabe led off the inning with an infield single and second-year third baseman Tracy Sherman (San Clemente, Calif./St. Margaret’s Episcopal) followed with a single and both runners moved up a base on Dennis’ groundout. McCabe scored on Owings’ sacrifice fly to center field.

Field, McCabe and Owings each had two hits for UVa in the nightcap with Field and McCabe scoring twice. Rojas had three RBI, while Field, Kristen Dennis and Owings drove in one run apiece.

UVa returns to action on Thursday, April 18 when it travels to Elon, N.C. for a 3:00 p.m. doubleheader against Elon College.

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