Virginia Softball Splits Two Games At NIST
March 13, 2004
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – After falling to Sacramento State 3-0 in its first contest of the day, the University of Virginia softball team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-0 win over San Jose State Saturday (March 13) in round robin play of the National Invitational Softball Tournament at Twin Creeks Sports Complex. UVa now stands at 13-13 on the season.
Sacramento State improved to 9-11 on the season with its 3-0 win over Virginia. The Hornets’ Nicole Deatherage tossed the third-consecutive shutout against the Cavaliers. Deatherage (4-3) allowed just two hits with one walk and six strikeouts in earning the victory.
Second-year Erin Horn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) took the loss in the circle and fell to 6-5 on the season. Horn gave up three runs on 10 hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
Sacramento State scored what proved to be the game-winning run in the bottom of the third inning by stringing together three consecutive one-out singles. The Hornets increased their lead to 2-0 in the fourth and added an insurance run on Jessica Rojo’s solo home run in the sixth.
UVa snapped its three-game losing steak as well as a three-game scoreless streak with a 5-0 win over San Jose State Saturday afternoon. First-year pitcher Coty Tolar (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter) threw a four-hit shutout to pick up the victory and improved to 3-3 on the season. Tolar struck out one and did not issue a walk in earning her first career shutout. Only one San Jose State runner advanced beyond first base.
The Cavaliers broke the game open with four runs in the bottom of the second inning. First-year Michelle Salmiery (San Jose, Calif./Westmont) drove in third-year pinch runner Lauren Dennis (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon) with what proved to be the game-winning run with a double. The Cavaliers made it 2-0 when second-year center fielder Jessica Taylor (Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown Academy) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Second-year third baseman Sara Larquier (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs) drove in the third and fourth runs of the inning with a double. Virginia made the final score 5-0 with a run in the fourth inning. Field, who led off the inning with a single, scored on a double steal attempt with Wynn. Wynn was thrown out at second on the play.
UVa wraps up play in the NIST with a noon game on Sunday (March 14) against Santa Clara.