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March 20, 2005

Box Score

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia softball team lost to Toledo 2-1 in the semifinals of the Hoo’s Who Tournament Sunday (March 20) at The Park. East Carolina won the tournament with a 10-5 victory over Toledo in the championship game. The loss to Toledo snapped UVa’s five-game winning streak as the Cavaliers fall to 10-15 on the season. Overall, Virginia was 4-1 in the tournament.

East Carolina (36-8) advanced to the championship game of the tourney with a 4-0 win over Bowling Green. Toledo (14-9) opened the day by defeating Rutgers 13-2 in five innings.

In Virginia’s 2-1 loss to Toledo, the Rockets broke a scoreless tie with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning. With two outs in the sixth, Erica Singer hit a triple to right center to score Gina Muratori, who reached base on a fielder’s choice. After a UVa pitching change, Kim Pettitt lined a single to left field to score Singer to make the score 2-0.

In the bottom of the seventh, second-year designated player Amy McKean (Kent, Wash./Kentlake) led off the inning with a walk. First-year pinch hitter Lindsey Preuss (La Plata, Md./La Plata) singled to shortstop and moved to second on a throwing error by the shortstop on the hit. Second-year Meghan O’Leary (Baton Rouge, La./Episcopal), who pinch ran for McKean, moved to third on the error. After a strikeout, second-year second baseman Elea Crockett (Tucson, Ariz./University) hit a sacrifice fly to center to score O’Leary. Toledo left third base uncovered on the sacrifice fly and Preuss tried to reach third, but was tagged out on a close play to end the game.

First-year pitcher Whitney Holstun (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) was the tough-luck loser and fell to 3-5 in the circle. Holstun allowed two runs on six hits in 5.2 innings. She struck out five batters and did not issue a walk. Third-year Erin Horn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) pitched the final 1.1 innings and gave up two hits. Toledo’s Stephanie Moore earned the complete-game victory to improve to 5-6 on the season. She gave up only one unearned run on six hits with five strikeouts and one walk.

The Cavaliers return to action on Wednesday (March 23) when they travel to Radford for a 2:00 p.m. doubleheader against the Highlanders. UVa returns home to The Park on Thursday (March 24) when it hosts Tennessee in a single game at 3:00 p.m.

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