Virginia Softball Falls To Fourth-Ranked Tennessee
March 24, 2005
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia softball team lost to fourth-ranked Tennessee 10-0 Thursday (March 24) at The Park. Eight of the Lady Vols’ 10 runs were scored with two outs in innings. With the loss, the Cavaliers fall to 10-16 on the season, while Tennessee improves to 37-4.
The Lady Vols took a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning when Lindsay Schultzer hit a two-out, two-run double. Tennessee scored two more two-out runs in the third inning when Ashley Cline hit a two-run triple to center field. The Lady Vols broke the game open with three runs in the sixth to extend their lead to 7-0. Kristi Durant hit a run-scoring single to right to drive in the first run of the inning. After a Virginia double play, Shannon Doepking singled up the middle to drive in another run. The third run of the inning scored on a Cavalier error. Doepking made the score 10-0 with a two-out, three-run homer center field in the seventh.
Virginia nearly took the lead in the bottom of the first inning. Second-year second baseman Elea Crockett (Tucson, Ariz./University) singled to shallow center field with one out. Then with two outs, fourth-year designated player Jenn Wynn (Herndon, Va./Herndon) doubled down the left field line. Crockett attempted to score from first on the hit, but was thrown out on a close play at the plate.
Second-year pitcher Coty Tolar (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter) took the loss in the circle for the Cavaliers. Tolar (4-5) pitched the first 4.1 innings and allowed four runs on six hits with three strikeouts and four walks. First-year Whitney Holstun (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) relieved Tolar in the fifth frame and pitched two-thirds of an inning and gave up two runs on three hits. Third-year Erin Horn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) pitched the final two innings and gave up four runs (three earned) on three hits. She struck out three batters while walking three.
Monica Abbott improved to 25-1 on the season while scattering six hits in the shutout victory for Tennessee. Abbott struck out 12 batters and did not issue a walk.
Second-year first baseman Brooke Sorber (Alexandria, Va./Mount Vernon) tallied two of UVa’s six hits in the game, including a double. Wynn hit her 10th double of the season for Virginia.
The Cavaliers return to action on Saturday and Sunday, April 2-3 when they open Atlantic Coast Conference play with a three-game series at NC State. UVa will play a doubleheader Saturday (April 2) beginning at 1:00 p.m. and a single game on Sunday (April 3) at 1:00 p.m.