Virginia Softball Drops 3-2 Decision To North Carolina
Feb. 13, 2005
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The University of Virginia softball team took an early 2-0 lead against North Carolina, but the Tar Heels scored the final three runs of the game and held on for a 3-2 victory Sunday (February 13) in the Triangle Classic at the UNC Softball Complex. With the loss, the Cavaliers finish the season-opening tournament with a 2-3 record, while North Carolina was a perfect 5-0 in the tourney,
Virginia scored single runs in the top of the second and third innings to grab a 2-0 lead. In the second inning, second-year first baseman Brooke Sorber (Alexandria, Va./Mount Vernon) hit a one-out single up the middle. She advanced to third on a pair of Tar Heel throwing errors. With two outs, first-year shortstop Kierstie Cameron (Pinon Hills, Calif./Serrano) walked to load the bases and Sorber scored when third-year right fielder Jackie Greer (Portage, Mich./Portage Northern) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. The Cavaliers increased their lead to 2-0 in the third frame. A throwing error on third-year center fielder Jessica Taylor’s (Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown Academy) grounder to third allowed her to advance to second base. With one out, Taylor moved to third on fourth-year catcher Jenn Wynn’s (Herndon, Va./Herndon) single to left field. Taylor scored on Sorber’s sacrifice fly to left field.
North Carolina rallied for three two-out runs in the bottom of the third. Jaclyn Holden hit a two-run double to right center to tie the game at 2-2 and she scored the game-winning run on Casey Testa’s single to left field.
UVa had the tying run in scoring position in the sixth and seventh innings, but both times UNC was able to strand Cavalier runners on base.
First-year pitcher Whitney Holstun (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) took the loss for UVa as she allowed three runs on six hits in 4.2 innings of work. She struck out three batters and did not issue a walk. Third-year Erin Horn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) pitched the final 1.1 innings and struck out three batters while walking one.
Alison Yin (2-0) picked up the victory with two innings of relief work as she allowed one unearned run on one hit. Crystal Cox earned the save by pitching the final three innings. She allowed only one hit with one walk and one strikeout.
Virginia returns to action February 19-20 when it competes in the Holiday Inn Green & White Tournament in Charlotte, N.C. UVa opens the tournament on Saturday (February 19) with a 2:30 p.m. game against Temple. The Cavaliers also play host Charlotte at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.