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March 19, 2005

Box Score

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia softball team picked up two more wins in the Hoo’s Who Tournament Saturday (March 19) at The Park to improve to 4-0 in the tourney. The Cavaliers posted a 12-3 six-inning win over Rutgers and then registered a 4-1 victory against Toledo. UVa, now 10-14 on the season, is the top seed in Sunday’s bracket play.

In other Hoo’s Who Tournament action Saturday, Bowling Green defeated East Carolina 3-2 and also posted a 6-1 win over Rutgers. East Carolina downed Toledo 4-2. Virginia is the top seed for bracket play with a 4-0 record and begins play at 11:00 a.m. Sunday. UVa plays the winner of the 9:00 a.m. Toledo (1-3) – Rutgers (0-4) game. Bowling Green (3-1) plays East Carolina (2-2) at 11:00 a.m. The two 11:00 a.m. winners meet in the championship game at 1:00 p.m.

In the 12-3 win over Rutgers (0-15), the Cavaliers erased a 1-0 deficit with a seven-run first inning. Second-year designated player Amy McKean (Kent, Wash./Kentlake) and first-year shortstop Lindsey Preuss (La Plata, Md./La Plata) both delivered two-run singles in the inning. The Scarlet Knights scored a pair of runs in the top of the third inning to close within 7-3. In the fifth inning first-year pitcher Whitney Holstun (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) made the score 8-3 with her first collegiate home run, a solo shot off the scoreboard in right field. After first-year center fielder Kat Mirras (Montauk, N.Y./East Hampton) scored the first run of the sixth inning on a wild pitch, fourth-year catcher Jenn Wynn (Herndon, Va./Herndon) hit a three-run walk-off homer to right center to make the score 12-3 and invoke the eight-run rule.

Second-year Meghan O’Leary (Baton Rouge, La./Episcopal) registered her first collegiate win in the circle. O’Leary (1-2) allowed three runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and three walks. Jenny Card (0-1) took the loss for Rutgers. In four innings, she gave up seven runs (six earned) on six hits with four walks and one strikeout.

The Cavaliers moved to 4-0 in the tournament with a 4-1 victory over Toledo. Third-year pitcher Erin Horn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) picked up the complete-game victory in the circle. Horn (2-3) allowed one run on five hits with a season-high 10 strikeouts while issuing one walk. Kim Pettitt (8-3) suffered the loss for Toledo. Pettitt gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits with nine strikeouts and two walks.

UVa took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Second-year second baseman Elea Crockett (Tucson, Ariz./University) hit a one-out double and moved to third on a groundout. Crockett scored when third-year third baseman Sara Larquier’s (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs) grounder was misplayed by the Rockets’ third baseman. The Cavaliers increased their lead to 3-0 in the fifth inning. With one out, Crockett singled and then stole second base. After a groundout, Crockett scored on a wild pitch. Larquier then drew a walk and scored from first base on Wynn’s double to the gap in left center.

Toledo broke up Horn’s shutout bid when Leslie Stong hit a solo home run to center field to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning. Virginia made the final score 4-1 with a single run in the seventh. Again with one out, Crockett reached base, this time via a walk. She came around to score on third-year right fielder Jessica Taylor’s (Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown Academy) triple to right center.

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