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March 18, 2005

Box Score

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia softball team earned a pair of come-from-behind victories Friday (March 18) during the first of three days of competition in the Hoo’s Who Tournament at The Park. The Cavaliers posted a 5-1 win over Bowling Green, then notched a 3-2 win over East Carolina. With the two victories, UVa is 2-0 in the Hoo’s Who Tournament and 8-14 on the season.

In other Hoo’s Who action, Bowling Green defeated Toledo 7-1. Toledo beat Rutgers 18-3 and East Carolina downed Rutgers 16-8 in five innings. UVa is 2-0 in the tourney, while Bowling Green, East Carolina and Toledo are 1-1. Rutgers is 0-2.

The Cavaliers pounded out 12 hits in the 5-1 victory over Bowling Green. First-year pitcher Whitney Holstun (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) picked up the complete-game victory to improve to 3-4 on the season. Holstun gave up just one unearned run on eight hits with four strikeouts and no walks. Lindsay Heimrich (3-5) took the loss for Bowling Green. In 4.1 innings, she allowed four runs on 10 hits.

The Falcons (5-14) got on the scoreboard with an unearned run in the bottom of the third inning. UVa took the lead for good with four runs in the top of the fifth. The Cavaliers used three consecutive singles, the third of which was by second-year second baseman Elea Crockett (Tucson, Ariz./University), to score their first run. A RBI fielder’s choice grounder by third-year third baseman Sara Larquier (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs) gave UVa a 2-0 lead. First-year shortstop Kierstie Cameron (Pinon Hills, Calif./Serrano) followed with a two-run single to stake the Cavaliers to a 4-1 lead. Second-year first baseman Amy McKean (Kent, Wash./Kentlake) added a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh to make the final score 5-1.

Crockett had three hits in the game, while Cameron and fourth-year catcher Jenn Wynn (Herndon, Va./Herndon) both had two hits. Wynn also drew a walk and was hit by a hit.

In the 3-2 win against East Carolina (33-7), the Pirates took a quick 2-0 lead on Kate Manuse’s two-run homer in the top of the first inning. In the bottom of the fourth, UVa scored a pair of unearned runs to tie the game at 2-2. Crockett attempted to bunt her way on base, but ECU’s third baseman threw wild to first allowing Crockett to race all the way to third base. Crockett then scored on Larquier’s RBI groundout to second base. With two outs, Cameron drilled her first collegiate home run to center field to knot the game at 2-2. The homer also broke up Keli Harrell’s no-hit bid. With two outs in the sixth, Larquier broke the 2-2 tie with a solo home run to right center. Both of Virginia’s hits in the game were solo home runs.

Second-year pitcher Coty Tolar (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter) earned the complete-game victory in the circle. Tolar (4-5) did not allow a run after the first inning. She gave up the two runs on six hits with five strikeouts and two walks. Harrell (16-6) was the tough-luck loser as she allowed three runs (one earned) on two hits with three strikeouts and one walk.

The Cavaliers continue play in the Hoo’s Who Saturday (March 19) with 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. games against Rutgers and Toledo, respectively. Play gets under way at 11:00 a.m. with East Carolina playing Bowling Green.

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