Virginia Softball Splits Doubleheader With Radford
April 15, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia softball team came from behind to register a 7-6 win over Radford in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday (April 15) at The Park, but dropped the nightcap 4-1. UVa now stands at 29-22 overall, while the Highlanders improve to 24-25.
In the first game, third-year designated player Jenn Wynn (Herndon, Va./Herndon) drove in four runs, including a three-run homer in the fifth inning, to lead the Cavaliers to a hard-fought 7-6 victory. She also had a RBI single in the first inning. Second-year second baseman Sara Larquier (Burbank, Calif./Burbank) went 3-3 with a RBI in the game.
Radford took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on Amanda Walling’s two-run single to right, but UVa responded with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning. Wynn drove in the first run with a two-out single down the right field line that scored second-year center fielder Jessica Taylor (Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown Academy) from first base. Larquier then drove in Wynn with a double to right center. The Highlanders regained the lead 3-2 in the second when they scored on a Cavalier throwing error. Virginia jumped back on top, 4-3, with two two-out runs in the second. Fourth-year shortstop Heather Field (Lincoln, Calif./Lincoln) hit a triple to left center that scored second-year right fielder Jackie Greer (Portage, Mich./Portage Northern), who walked. Taylor then followed with a RBI single to right field.
In the third inning, Radford’s Colleen Casey knotted the game at 4-4 with a RBI single up the middle. Radford took a 5-4 lead in the fifth inning when Ashley Smith walked to lead off the inning and moved to second on a passed ball. Hallie East plated Smith with a single down the left field line. The Cavaliers took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth inning when Wynn hit a three-run homer to left field to make the score 7-5. Field led off the inning with a walk and after a sacrifice by Taylor, fourth-year first baseman Hannah Owings (Issaquah, Wash./Liberty) was intentionally walked to bring up Wynn, who promptly deposited her second home run of the season. Radford added an unearned run in the sixth to pull within a run, 7-6.
Second-year Erin Horn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) picked up the victory with four innings of relief in place of fourth-year starter Joanna Barstad (Canby, Ore./Canby). Horn gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits while improving to 12-8 on the season. She struck out four batters and walked two. In three innings, Barstad allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Kat Peck (6-6) took the loss for Radford. She was charged with seven runs on 10 hits with four walks and five strikeouts.
In the second game, Field staked the Cavaliers to a 1-0 lead with a lead-off home run, her seventh of the season, to left field in the bottom of the first inning. That proved to be UVa’s only run of the game as pitcher Breanna Felix kept the Cavaliers off the scoreboard the remainder of the game. Felix (6-7) allowed seven hits with seven strikeouts and one walk. Virginia first-year Coty Tolar (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter) gave up three runs (one earned) on seven hits in six innings. Tolar (7-7) struck out four and walked two. Horn pitched the final inning and allowed one run on one hit.
Radford took a 2-1 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning. The Highlanders used two hits and a pair of errors to score their two runs. Danielle Tompkins led off with a single and Lara Wohlgemuth walked. Tompkins came around to score when Sara Beth Clayton’s single to right was bobbled. Wohlgemuth scored the go-ahead run when Peck’s grounder to second was misplayed for an error. The Highlanders added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh on Clayton’s RBI triple to center and Peck’s sacrifice fly to center. Virginia threatened in the bottom of the seventh with back-to-back one-out singles, but Felix got a strikeout, and after a walk loaded the bases, induced a pop to shortstop to end the game.
The Cavaliers return to action on Saturday (April 17) when they host second-ranked Florida State in an Atlantic Coast Conference doubleheader at The Park. The first game is scheduled to begin at noon.