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Feb. 25, 2005

Box Score

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The University of Virginia softball team split its first two games at the Frost Classic 2005 on Friday (February 25) at Frost Stadium. The Cavaliers lost a high-scoring 10-7 contest to Kentucky to start the tournament. UVa settled down behind a stellar pitching performance from second-year Coty Tolar (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter) to register a 4-0 win over Bowling Green. UVa now stands at 5-6 on the season.

In the 10-7 loss to Kentucky, the Cavaliers took a 4-0 lead after two innings. The Wildcats scored a single run in the bottom of the third, then exploded for seven runs in the fourth to take an 8-4 advantage. Virginia closed to within 8-7 in the top of the sixth, but Kentucky added two runs in the bottom half of the frame to make the final score 10-7.

Fourth-year catcher Jenn Wynn (Herndon, Va./Herndon) drilled a pair of doubles and drove in two runs, while first-year shortstop Kierstie Cameron (Pinon Hills, Calif./Serrano) poked a two-run double in the fifth inning. Second-year second baseman Elea Crockett (Tucson, Ariz./University), fourth-year left fielder Lauren Dennis (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon), and first-year right fielder Kathryn Mirras (Montauk, N.Y./East Hampton) each had two hits.

Third-year Erin Horn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) pitched the first three-plus innings and allowed four runs on one hit with seven strikeouts and five walks. First-year pitcher Whitney Holstun (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) suffered the loss on the mound and fell to 2-3 on the season. In one inning of work, she gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits. Tolar pitched the final 2.2 innings and gave up two runs on three hits with one walk and three strikeouts.

Virginia recorded its first shutout of the season with a 4-0 win over Bowling Green. Tolar was outstanding in the game as she retired 20 of the 21 batters she faced. Tolar allowed just one Falcon base runner in the game as Kristen Anderson singled up the middle to lead off the second inning. She struck out five batters while improving to 3-0 on the season.

Third-year third baseman Sara Larquier (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs) drove in three runs in the game. She hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning and had a two-run single in the third frame. Crockett had a pair of hits and scored two runs, while Mirras tallied other two UVa runs in the contest.

Virginia returns to action in the Frost Classic 2005 with a trio of games Saturday. The Cavaliers play Kent State at 10:00 a.m., host Chattanooga at 12:15 p.m. and Tennessee Tech at 4:45 p.m.

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