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Feb. 20, 2005

Box Score

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The University of Virginia softball team split its first two games at the Holiday Inn Green & White tournament Saturday (February 19) at Phillips Field. UVa defeated Temple 5-4, but fell to host Charlotte 7-5. The Cavaliers now stand at 3-4 on the season.

Virginia rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat Temple 5-4. After giving up four runs on four hits in the first two innings, second-year Coty Tolar (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter) settled down and allowed just three hits over the final five innings to register the win in the circle. Tolar walked three and struck out six batters in her first action of the season.

In the bottom of the second, second-year first baseman Brooke Sorber (Alexandria, Va./Mount Vernon) and first-year shortstop Lindsey Preuss (La Plata, Md./La Plata) both had run-scoring singles to close the game to 4-2. Virginia tied the game at 4-4 in the third inning when both second-year second baseman Elea Crockett (Tucson, Ariz./University) and third-year center fielder Jessica Taylor (Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown Academy) advanced a base on a wild pitch and scored on the ensuing throwing error by Temple’s catcher. The Cavaliers scored the game-winning run in the fifth inning when Taylor scored on third-year third baseman Sara Larquier’s (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs) triple to right field.

Against Charlotte, the Cavaliers again fell behind early as the 49ers put seven runs on the scoreboard in the first three innings. In the bottom of the fourth, second-year catcher Amy McKean (Kentlake, Wash./Kent) hit a two-out RBI double that scored Sorber for UVa’s first run of the game. Crockett single handedly made the score 7-2 in the fifth when she singled, stole second and third and scored on a throwing error by Charlotte’s catcher. The Cavaliers added two runs in the sixth to make the score 7-4. McKean tallied a RBI single and first-year shortstop Kierstie Cameron (Pinon Hills, Calif./Serrano) hit a sacrifice fly to push UVa’s fourth run across the plate. Larquier drilled a one-out solo home run in the bottom of the seventh to make the final score 7-5. It was Larquier’s fourth hit of the afternoon. She had previously hit a single, a double, and a triple.

Second-year pitcher Meghan O’Leary (Baton Rouge, La./Episcopal) was saddled with the loss as she allowed five runs on five hits in 2.1 innings of work. First-year pitcher Whitney Holstun (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) pitched one inning in relief and gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits. Third-year Erin Horn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) held Charlotte hitless over the final 3.2 innings. She struck out six while walking one.

Virginia concludes play in the Holiday Inn Green & White tournament on Sunday (February 20). The Cavaliers play Kent State at 9:00 a.m. with bracket play starting at 1:00 p.m.

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