Virginia Softball Captures First Win Of Hawaii Trip
March 11, 2005
HONOLULU – The University of Virginia softball team registered its first win in the Hawaiian Airlines Spring Fling Tournament with a 4-1 victory over Hawaii Friday night (March 11) at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. With the victory, the Cavaliers end pool play in the tournament with a 1-3 record. UVa improves to 6-14 on the season and 1-4 on its spring break trip. Hawaii falls to 13-11 on the season and 2-2 in the tourney.
Virginia wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as it scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Second-year second baseman Elea Crockett (Tucson, Ariz./University) hit a one-out single and third-year third baseman Sara Larquier (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs) followed with a hard line drive to center that the center fielder misplayed for a two-base error. Fourth-year catcher Jenn Wynn (Herndon, Va./Herndon) then cleared the bases with a three-run homer to left field to stake the Cavaliers to a 3-0 lead. UVa increased its lead to 4-0 with a single tally in the third inning. Larquier reached on an infield error with one out and moved to second on a passed ball. With two outs, first-year shortstop Kierstie Cameron (Pinon Hills, Calif./Serrano) drilled a two-out triple to right center that scored Larquier.
Hawaii got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning on Kaulana Gould’s leadoff home run to center field. The Rainbow Wahine used a double and two walks to load the bases with no outs in the top of the seventh. Third-year Erin Horn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) got out of the jam with a strikeout and then induced a foul out to third and a foul out to the catcher to end the game.
Horn earned the win in the circle with a complete-game effort to improve to 1-3 on the season. She allowed just one earned run on three hits with seven strikeouts and four walks.
Shannon Tabion (5-3) pitched the first three innings and took the loss for Hawaii. She gave up four runs (two earned) on three hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Jessica Morton held the Cavaliers scoreless over the final three innings. She gave up one hit and struck out two batters while walking one.
The Cavaliers are the fifth seed in bracket play of the Hawaiian Airlines Spring Fling Tournament and will play fourth-seeded Nevada on Saturday (March 12) at 9:00 a.m. Hawaiian Time. The winner of the 9:00 a.m. game will play top-seeded Notre Dame at 11:00 a.m. The championship game will take place at 3:00 p.m.