Virginia Softball Splits Two Games In Cavalier Classic
March 19, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia softball team split its first two games in the Cavalier Classic Friday (March 19) at The Park. The Cavaliers lost their home season opener 4-0 to Rutgers, but bounced back with a 3-1 win over Youngstown State. UVa stands at 1-1 after the first of three days of play in the tournament and are 14-15 on the season.
Rutgers is a perfect 2-0 in the tournament with a 1-0 win over Towson and a 4-0 win over Virginia. UVa is 1-1 in the tourney along with Youngstown State and Towson. Youngstown State posted an 8-0 five-inning win over La Salle in addition to falling to the Cavaliers 3-1. Towson defeated La Salle 5-0 and also lost 1-0 to Rutgers. La Salle is 0-2 in the tourney with its 5-0 loss to Towson and 8-0 setback to Youngstown State.
Rutgers’ Leah Black fired a six-hit shutout to lead the Scarlet Knights to a 4-0 win and spoil the Cavaliers’ open season opener. Black struck out four and walked four while improving to 4-4 on the season. Rutgers (8-9) scored all the runs it would need in the first inning as it jumped out to a 2-0 lead. The Scarlet Knights added two more runs in the top of the fifth inning to make the final score 4-0.
Second-year Erin Horn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) fell to 6-6 on the season with the loss. In four-plus innings, Horn gave up four runs on eight hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Fourth-year Joanna Barstad (Canby, Ore./Canby) pitched the final three innings and held Rutgers to two hits while striking out one and walking one. Third-year left fielder Lauren Dennis (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon) had two of UVa’s six hits in the game.
The Cavaliers bounced back with a 3-1 win over Youngstown State (11-7) in their second game of the day. Barstad earned the win in the circle as she limited the Penguins t one run on six hits. Barstad struck out two and walked one in improving to 5-6 on the season.
Virginia jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Fourth-year shortstop Heather Field (Lincoln, Calif./Lincoln) led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on first-year second baseman Elea Crockett’s (Tucson, Ariz./University) bunt single. Field stole third and scored on third-year catcher Jenn Wynn’s (Herndon, Va./Herndon) sacrifice fly. Crockett eventually scored on a wild pitch. Wynn extended UVa’s lead to 3-0 with a RBI double to left that scored Field, who led off the inning with a walk. Youngstown State closed to within 3-1 on Amanda Berry’s solo home run to right center in the top of the fourth.
Rutgers’ Brielle Consentino tossed a three-hit shutout in the Scarlet Knight’s 1-0 win over Towson. Towson’s Jillian Kiley limited La Salle to five hits in registering a 5-0 win over the Explorers. Youngstown State’s Karlie Burnell threw a two-hit shutout in the Penguins’ 8-0 five-inning win over La Salle.
The Cavalier Classic continues Saturday with five games. UVa plays Campbell at 9:00 a.m., La Salle at 1:00 p.m. and Towson at 3:00 p.m. Rutgers plays Youngstown State at 9:00 a.m. and Campbell at 11:00 a.m. Youngstown State and Campbell meet at 3:00 p.m.