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March 12, 2004

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. – The University of Virginia softball team fell to Purdue 8-0 in six innings in pool play of the 2004 National Invitational Softball Tournament Friday (March 12) at Twin Creeks Sports Complex. UVa now stands at 12-11 overall, while the Boilermakers improve to 11-5.

After two scoreless innings, the Cavaliers committed four errors that led to four unearned runs in the third inning. Purdue went on to tally two more runs in the bottom of the fourth and made the final score 8-0 with two runs in the sixth inning.

Purdue’s Brooke Baker tossed a one-hit shutout in improving to 6-1 on the season. She struck out four batters and walked two. UVa second-year Erin Horn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) was saddled with the loss as she gave up six runs (two earned) on five hits in 3.2 innings. Horn (6-4) issued four walks and struck out a pair of batters. Fourth-year Joanna Barstad (Canby, Ore./Canby) pitched the final 1.1 innings and gave up two runs on four hits with one walk.

Second-year third baseman Sara Larquier (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs) produced the Cavaliers’ only hit in the contest with a single to second base in the fourth inning. Fourth-year shortstop Heather Field (Lincoln, Calif./Lincoln) reached base twice in three plate appearances with a hit by pitch to start the game and a walk to lead off the sixth inning.

Andrea Hillsey led Purdue with three hits and five RBI. She had a RBI single in the third inning, a two-run single in the fourth and a two-run double to close out the scoring in the sixth inning.

Virginia continues play in the National Invitational Softball Tournament late Friday evening (March 12) with a game against third-ranked California. Bracket play in the NIST begins Saturday morning.

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