Virginia Softball Drops Twinbill To Florida State
April 23, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The University of Virginia softball team lost both ends of its Atlantic Coast Conference doubleheader to Florida State Saturday (April 23) at Joanne Graf Field. The Seminoles won the opener 5-3 and then completed the sweep with a 4-0 victory in the nightcap. With the two losses, the Cavaliers fall to 23-28 overall and 7-6 in the ACC, while Florida State improves to 30-18 overall and 10-6 in the conference.
In the first game, Florida State jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings and hung on for a 5-3 victory. The Seminoles used four hits to score three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Natasha Jacob led off the inning with a single and after a sacrifice, she scored on Tatiana George’s single. Lesley Palmer delivered George with a RBI single and scored on LaShaun Davis’ triple. In the second inning, Veronica Wootson led off with a single and Jacob followed with a double. Kim Hoffer plated Wootson with a sacrifice fly and Jacob then scored on an infield error to make the score 5-0.
The Cavaliers rallied for three runs in the fifth inning to make the score 5-3. Second-year first baseman Brooke Sorber (Alexandria, Va./Mount Vernon) reached on an infield error to lead off the inning and third-year center fielder Jackie Greer (Portage, Mich./Portage Northern) drew a walk. After a fly out, second-year second baseman Elea Crockett (Tucson, Ariz./University) walked to load the bases. Third-year All-American third baseman Sara Larquier (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs) came through with a two-run double to bring home Sorber and Greer. Fourth-year catcher Jenn Wynn (Herndon, Va./Herndon) drove in Crockett with a groundout to second to make the score 5-3. In the seventh inning, the Cavaliers loaded the bases with no outs but could not score. Greer walked and third-year right fielder Jessica Taylor (Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown Academy) reached on an infield error. Crockett then drew a walk to load the bases. FSU’s Casey Hunter got out of the jam with two fly outs and a strikeout.
Second-year pitcher Coty Tolar (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter) took the loss in the circle. In 1.2 innings, Tolar allowed five runs (four earned) to fall to 9-13 on the season. First-year Whitney Holstun (Escondido, Calif./Escondido) shut down the Seminoles over the final 4.1 innings. Holstun allowed just two hits and struck out five batters. Hunter improved to 17-12 with the complete-game effort. She allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits with four walks and 12 strikeouts.
In its 4-0 win in the second game, Florida State took a 3-0 lead with three unearned runs in the third inning. With one out and a runner on first base, Jacob singled and Hoffer followed with a walk to load the bases. George reached on a fielder’s choice with the Cavaliers getting the force out a home. A two-out infield error on Melissa Wood’s grounder allowed Jacob to score. UVa then brought in third-year Erin Horn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) to replace Holstun and face Palmer. Palmer came through with a hit a two-run single to make the score 3-0. FSU added an insurance run in the sixth. Palmer led off with a double and eventually scored from third on a double steal with Wootson going from first to second.
The Cavaliers had multiple chances to score in the game with their best chance coming in the sixth inning. UVa loaded the bases with no outs as Holstun reached on an infield error and first-year shortstop Lindsey Preuss (La Plata, Md./La Plata) and first-year left fielder Kat Mirras (Montauk, N.Y./East Hampton) delivered base hits to load the bases. Florida State brought game one starter Hunter in relief of Tiffany McDonald. Hunter induced an infield popup that resulted in a double play and then recorded a strikeout to end the threat.
Holstun fell to 3-6 in the circle with the loss. She pitched the first 2.2 innings and allowed three unearned runs on two hits and walked one batter. Horn threw the final 3.1 innings and gave up one run on three hits with four strikeouts and one walk. McDonald pitched the first five innings and allowed six hits. She struck out eight and walked two. Hunter hurled the final two innings to pick up her third save of the season. She struck out two and walked one without givin up a hit.
The Cavaliers wrap up the series against Florida State with a 1:00 p.m. game Sunday (April 24).