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March 9, 2005

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HONOLULU – The University of Virginia softball team lost the first game of its spring break trip 1-0 to Hawaii Tuesday evening (March 8) at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium in Honolulu. The second game of the doubleheader was called due to rain with Hawaii leading 7-1 in the third inning. The second game will not be resumed. With the loss, UVa falls to 5-11 on the season, while the Rainbow Wahine improve to 11-9.

In the first game, Hawaii scored what proved to be the only run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning when Denise Dahlberg hit a double that scored Tara Harbert from second base. Harbert led off the inning with a single and moved into scoring position on a passed ball.

The Cavaliers had two good chances to score in the game, but both times Rainbow Wahine infielders made outstanding defensive plays with UVa runners in scoring position.

Second-year Coty Tolar (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter) pitched well in defeat as she fell to 3-3 on the season. Tolar allowed just one unearned run on five hits in a complete-game effort. She struck out four batters and walked one. Hawaii’s Melissa Coogan improved to 6-4 with the shutout victory. She allowed only four hits while striking out eight and walking one.

Third-year center fielder Jessica Taylor (Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown Academy), fourth-year designated player Jenn Wynn (Herndon, Va./Herndon), second-year first baseman Brooke Sorber (Alexandria, Va./Mount Vernon), and second-year catcher Michelle Salmiery (San Jose, Calif./Westmont) all had hits in the first game for Virginia.

The second game was called with Hawaii leading 7-1 in the bottom of the third inning due to heavy rain. The game will not be replayed and statistics from the contest do not count.

Hawaii scored three unearned runs in the first inning to take an early lead. The Cavaliers got one run back in the second inning. Sorber and fourth-year left fielder Lauren Dennis (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon) registered back-to-back two-out hits. Third-year right fielder Jackie Greer (Portage, Mich./Portage Northern) walked to load the bases and Sorber eventually scored on a passed ball.

The Rainbow Wahine scored four runs in the third inning to take a 7-1 lead before the game was called due to rain.

The Cavaliers return to action Wednesday (March 9) when they begin play in the Hawaiian Airlines Spring Fling Tournament at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. Virginia opens the tournament against Campbell at 3:00 p.m. Hawaiian Time.

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