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March 9, 2005

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HONOLULU – The University of Virginia softball team lost a 4-2 decision to Campbell University Wednesday (March 9) in the first game of the Hawaiian Airlines Spring Fling Tournament at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium in Honolulu. With the loss, UVa falls to 5-12 on the season, while the Fighting Camels improve to 17-9.

Campbell took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning as it took advantage of a Cavalier infield error to get its lead-off batter on base. A RBI double by Stephenie Pappas brought home the first run of the game.

The Cavaliers answered with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning. UVa used two bases loaded walks to score its two runs. Third-year right fielder Jackie Greer (Portage, Mich./Portage Northern) drew a walk to lead off the inning and second-year second baseman Elea Crockett (Tucson, Ariz./University) followed with a bunt single. With two outs, fourth-year catcher Jenn Wynn (Herndon, Va./Herndon) drew a walk to load the bases. First-year designated player Lindsey Preuss (La Plata, Md./La Plata) was hit by a pitch to force in Greer from third. First-year shortstop Kierstie Cameron (Pinon Hills, Calif./Serrano) then drew a walk to bring home Crockett to give UVa a 2-1 lead.

The Fighting Camels came right back and scored three two-out runs in the fifth inning to retake the lead for good, 4-2 lead. Campbell used two singles, a double, and a Virginia error to score the three runs.

Second-year Coty Tolar (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter) took the loss in the circle, falling to 3-4 on the season. In 4.2 innings, she allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits. Tolar struck out four batters and walked one. Third-year Erin Horn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) pitched the final 1.1 innings and struck out two batters while walking one.

Campbell’s Lauren Caviness earned the win in relief of starter Lexi Myers. Caviness pitched the final three innings and allowed one hit while improving to 5-1 on the season. She struck out three batters and walked two. In fourth innings, Myers gave up two runs on four hits with four walks and one strikeout.

In addition to Crockett, Wynn, third-year center fielder Jessica Taylor (Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown Academy), and second-year first baseman Brooke Sorber (Alexandria, Va./Mount Vernon) all had base hits. Third-year All-American third baseman Sara Larquier (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs) had a double for UVa’s fifth hit in the game.

The Cavaliers return to action in the tournament on Thursday (March 10) when they play Notre Dame and Nevada at noon and 2:00 p.m. Hawaiian Time, respectively.

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