Virginia Softball Splits Pair Of Games Against 19th-Ranked Georgia Tech
April 3, 2005
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia softball team earned a split in its series against 19th-ranked Georgia Tech with a 6-4 victory Sunday (April 3) in extremely windy conditions at The Park. Earlier in the day, UVa lost 3-0 to the Yellow Jackets in a game that was resumed from Saturday (April 2). The Cavaliers now stand at 14-19 overall and 3-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while Georgia Tech is 34-9 overall and 6-2 in the conference.
Sunday’s action started with the halted game from Saturday (April 2) that was stopped due to inclement weather. The game was resumed with Georgia Tech leading 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Yellow Jackets went on to win the game 3-0 with Jessica Sallinger tossing a two-hitter. Sallinger (18-6) struck out 12 batters while walking three. Second-year Coty Tolar (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter) took the loss as she allowed three runs on eight hits. Tolar (5-8) struck out six and issued two walks.
Georgia Tech took a 1-0 lead with an unearned run in the top of the second inning. Savannah Brown led off the inning with a double to right field. She moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a two-out infield error by the Cavaliers. The Yellow Jackets added single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to make the final score 3-0. Lauren Schlechte hit a single to second base that took a strange bounce away from UVa second-year second baseman Elea Crockett (Tucson, Ariz./University) and allowed Sarah Wood to score from second base. Amy Hosier added a RBI single in the seventh to score Aileen Morales, who hit a one-out double to reach base.
In the 6-4 UVa win, the Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning. Virginia responded with four runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 4-2 lead. With one out, second-year second baseman Elea Crockett (Tucson, Ariz./University) singled and then stole second base with two outs. Crockett scored from second on Wynn’s single to right field. Second-year Meghan O’Leary (Baton Rouge, La./Episcopal) moved to second on first-year shortstop Kierstie Cameron’s (Pinon Hills, Calif./Serrano) single. O’Leary and second-year Lindsey Preuss (La Plata, Md./La Plata), who was pinch running for Cameron, scored on second-year designated player Amy McKean’s (Kent, Wash./Kentlake) double to left center. First-year first baseman Whitney Holstun (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) followed with a double to right center that scored McKean to make the score 4-2.
The Cavaliers extended their lead to 6-2 with two runs in the fourth frame. Third-year center fielder Jessica Taylor (Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown Academy) singled to left field with one out. She scored on Larquier’s wind-blown triple down the right field line. Larquier then scored on a wild pitch to make the score 6-2. Georgia Tech trimmed the lead to 6-4 on a RBI infield groundout by Morales and a RBI single by Caitlin Lever.
Third-year Erin Horn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) earned her fifth win of the season in the circle. Horn (5-4) pitched five innings and allowed three runs on six hits with eight strikeouts and three walks. Tolar relieved Horn in the fifth and pitched the final two innings. She gave up one run on one hit and walked three. Sarah Wood (9-2) took the loss in the circle. In three innings, she allowed four runs on eight hits with two strikeouts. Sallinger pitched the final three innings and gave up two runs on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
The Cavaliers return to action on Tuesday (April 5) when they play a doubleheader against Towson at home at The Park. The first game is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m.