Virginia Softball Sweeps Doubleheader From Towson
April 6, 2004
TOWSON, Md. – University of Virginia fourth-year first baseman Hannah Owings (Issaquah, Wash./Liberty) tied the school record with a pair of home runs and drove in five runs in the second game of the UVa softball team’s doubleheader sweep over Towson Tuesday (April 6) at Towson’s Center Field. The Cavaliers rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win the first game 7-3, then took the darkness-shortened second game 9-2 in six innings. With the two wins, Virginia improves to 27-20 on the season, while Towson falls to 18-19.
Owings became the fifth UVa softball player to hit two home runs in a game with her sixth and seventh round-trippers of the season. It is the sixth time overall a Virginia softball player has hit two homers in a game as Michelle Daly accomplished the feat twice in the 1993 season. Second-year third baseman Sara Larquier (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs) was the last player prior to Owings to hit two home runs in a game when she hit a pair of homers against St. Francis last season.
In the first game, UVa rallied from a 3-0 deficit with five runs in the top of the fifth inning and added two more in the sixth for a 7-3 victory. The Cavaliers had 13 hits in the game with five players collecting two hits apiece. Fourth-year shortstop Heather Field (Lincoln, Calif./Lincoln), first-year second baseman Elea Crockett (Tucson, Ariz./University), second-year Rachel Goings (Clifton Forge, Va./Alleghany), Larquier, and first-year center fielder Lara Rodriguez (Oak Hill, Va./Oakton) each had two hits. UVa also stole seven bases in the game which was just one shy of the school record. Crockett tied the school record with three stolen bases in the game.
Second-year Erin Horn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) registered the win with 3-1 innings of one-hit relief in place of fourth-year starter Joanna Barstad (Canby, Ore./Canby). Horn struck out five and walked one while improving to 11-7 on the season. Barstad gave up three runs on six hits in the first 3.2 innings.
In the nightcap, UVa scored a pair of runs in the top of the first inning as Crockett scored on a wild pitch and Larquier drove in third-year designated player Jenn Wynn (Herndon, Va./Herndon) with a single. Owings staked the Cavaliers to a 5-1 lead with a three-run homer to left center in the second. Owings capped off a three-run fourth inning with a two-run homer to center field. Second-year center fielder Jessica Taylor (Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown Academy) stole home for UVa’s first run of the fourth. Taylor had three stolen bases in the contest to tie the school record. Taylor also scored three runs and had two hits in the game.
First-year Coty Tolar (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter) earned the complete-game victory in the circle. Tolar allowed two runs on seven hits with one strikeout and one walk while improving to 7-6 on the season.
Virginia returns to action on Saturday, April 10 when it travels to Atlanta, Ga. for an ACC doubleheader against Georgia Tech. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.