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March 6, 2004

Box Score

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Virginia softball team began its West Coast swing with a pair of losses as it fell to Sacramento State 2-0 and 5-3 Saturday (March 6) at Shea Stadium. The Cavaliers gave up seven runs in the doubleheader, but only two were earned runs. UVa now stands at 9-7 on the season, while Sacramento State improves to 8-9.

In the first game of the doubleheader, the Hornets’ Nicole Deatherage fired a four-hit shutout in leading her team to a 2-0 victory. Deatherage (3-3) struck out seven Cavaliers while walking only one.

Sacramento State scored the only runs of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. Amy Hillel provided the big hit of the inning with a two-out, two-run double to center field with both runs being of the unearned variety. A dropped fly ball in center field with two outs kept the inning alive for Sacramento State and Hillel followed the error with her two-run double.

Fourth-year pitcher Joanna Barstad (Canby, Ore./Canby) was the tough-luck loser for Virginia. In 4.1 innings of work, Barstad (3-1) allowed two unearned runs on six hits with one strikeout and one walk. Second-year Erin Horn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) pitched the final 1.2 innings and struck out one batter.

Fourth-year shortstop Heather Field (Lincoln, Calif./Lincoln) had two of UVa’s four hits in the contest. Fourth-year first baseman Hannah Owings (Issaquah, Wash./Liberty) and second-year second baseman Sara Larquier (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs) both had base hits for the Cavaliers.

In the nightcap, Virginia jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Sacramento State tallied four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to pull out a 5-3 come-from-behind victory. Field led the Cavaliers with three hits, including a home run and a double, two runs scored and two RBI.

Virginia took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third on Field’s two-run homer to right field. The Hornets cut UVa’s lead in half with a single run in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Cavaliers’ increased their lead to 3-1 in the fifth inning. Field hit a two-out double to right center and came around to score when first-year second baseman Elea Crockett’s (Tucson, Ariz./University) grounder to second was misplayed for an error. Sacramento State used one hit, four walks, one hit batter and an error to score four runs in the fifth inning to take a 5-3 lead.

First-year Coty Tolar (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter) took the loss in the circle for the Cavaliers. Tolar (2-3) gave up four runs (only one earned) on five hits and walked two. Horn pitched one-third of an inning and issued three walks and allowed one run to score. Barstad pitched the final 1.1 innings without allowing a hit and struck out two batters.

Brianne Ferguson picked up the complete-game win for Sacramento State. Ferguson (3-5) allowed three runs on six hits while striking out three and walking one.

The Cavaliers continue their West Coast swing with a doubleheader at Santa Clara on Sunday (March 7). The first game is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

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