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March 14, 2004

Box Score

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – The University of Virginia softball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Santa Clara Sunday (March 14) in round robin play in its final game of the National Invitational Softball Tournament at Twin Creeks Sports Complex. With the loss, UVa finished the NIST with a 1-4 record and was 4-9 on its West Coast spring break trip. The Cavaliers now stand at 13-14 on the season.

Fourth-year Hannah Owings (Issaquah, Wash./Liberty) was named to the National Invitational Softball Tournament All-Tournament Team. She wrapped up the tournament by going 3-3 against Santa Clara.

The Broncos (9-17) scored single runs in the top of the first, third and fourth innings for the 3-0 victory. Jamie Forman-Lau (8-12) registered the shutout victory, her second win over the Cavaliers this season, by limiting Virginia to five hits. She struck out five and walked one.

Fourth-year pitcher Joanna Barstad (Canby, Ore./Canby) took the loss in the circle for the Cavaliers. In 3.1 innings, Barstad (4-6), allowed three runs on six hits with three strikeouts and one walk. Second-year Erin Horn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) pitched the final 3.2 innings and gave up just one hit. She struck out four batters and walked two.

In addition to Owings’ three hits, including a double, UVa received a triple from second-year center fielder Jessica Taylor (Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown Academy) and a single from third-year designated player Jenn Wynn (Herndon, Va./Herndon).

The Cavaliers had several excellent scoring opportunities, but could never push a run across the plate. Virginia had runners in scoring position in the second, fourth, sixth and seventh innings, including the bases loaded with no outs in the sixth.

Virginia returns to action on Wednesday, March 17 when it travels to Greensboro, N.C. for a 2:00 p.m. doubleheader at UNC Greensboro.

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