Virginia Softball Drops First Two Games Of Season
Feb. 11, 2005
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The University of Virginia softball team lost the first two games of its 2005 season at the Triangle Classic Friday (February 11). The Cavaliers fell to UNC-Wilmington 3-1 in the season-opener, then dropped an identical 3-1 decision to East Tennessee State later in the day.
In the 3-1 loss to UNC-Wilmington, third-year third baseman Sara Larquier (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs) drove in UVa’s lone run with a single in the bottom of the third inning. With one out, second-year second baseman Elea Crockett (Tucson, Ariz./University) tripled to right center and then scored on Larquier’s single.
The Seahawks had taken a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. Krista Searle drove in the first run with a double and the second UNC-Wilmington run crossed the plate on a Cavalier error. The Seahawks extended their lead to 3-1 on Kelli Adcox’s single in the fourth inning.
Second-year pitcher Meghan O’Leary (Baton Rouge, La./Episcopal) took the loss in the circle for Virginia. In her collegiate debut, she pitched four and two-thirds innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks. Third-year Erin Horn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) pitched a perfect two and one-third innings in relief.
Second-year designated player Amy McKean (Kent, Wash./Kentlake) and second-year first baseman Brooke Sorber (Alexandria, Va./Mount Vernon) had UVa’s other two hits in the game. Amanda Wilson earned the victory for UNC-Wilmington. She allowed only five hits and one earned run in the complete-game effort.
The Cavaliers fell to East Tennessee State 3-1 despite a 3-3 performance from Crockett, including her second triple of the afternoon. First-year shortstop Kierstie Cameron (Pinon Hills, Calif./Serrano) drove in second-year catcher Michelle Salmiery (San Jose, Calif./Westmont) with single to left field to account for UVa’s lone run in the game. Fourth-year designated player Jenn Wynn (Herndon, Va./Herndon) and Sorber both had a single to account for UVa’s other two hits in the game.
Horn took the loss in the circle for Virginia. In the complete-game effort, she allowed three earned runs on nine hits with four strikeouts and three walks.
Virginia took a 1-0 in lead the bottom of the second on Cameron’s RBI single. East Tennessee State used three hits to score a pair of runs in the top of the fifth to take the lead for good. The Bucs added an insurance run in the seventh to make the final score 3-1.
Courtney Jenkins picked up the complete-game victory in the circle for East Tennessee State. She allowed one run on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Mary Beth Hazelwood was 2-2 with two runs scored, while Brianna Knight had two hits and a RBI.
UVa continues play in the Triangle Classic Saturday (February 12). The Cavaliers play Radford at 10:30 a.m. and Temple at 1:00 p.m.