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Nov. 2, 2005

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia softball team concluded its fall season on Saturday (Oct. 29) with an Alumni game at The Park. The current Cavaliers took on a group of alumni came away with a 3-0 win in the first of what will become an annual event.

UVa scored all three of its runs with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning as it used four hits and an error to break open the scoreless contest. Fourth-year Jackie Greer (Portage, Mich./Portage Northern) reached base on a fielder’s choice and moved into scoring position on third-year Elea Crockett’s (Tucson, Ariz./University) single. Greer scored the game-winning run on first-year Sarah Tacke’s (Merced, Calif./Golden Valley) single. Second-year Kat Mirras (Montauk, N.Y./East Hampton), who pinch ran for Crockett, also scored on Tacke’s hit when the alums committed an error. Fourth-year Sara Larquier (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs) closed out the scoring with a RBI double that plated Tacke.

The 2006 Cavaliers received an outstanding pitching performance from first-year Madi Gore (Acworth, Ga./Kell). Gore pitched four innings and struck out eight while holding the alums without a hit.

The seven alums who were able to make it back to Grounds and play in the game had the benefit of using two current team pitchers – fourth-year Erin Horn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) and third-year Meghan O’Leary (Baton Rouge, La./Episcopal).

The returning alumni included: Karen Breshears Lemcke (`00); Corinne Good (’00); Kelly McCabe Sisk (`02); Hannah Owings (’04); JoAnne Webster Norford (’88); Jenn Wynn (’05); and Stacy Zagol Laing (`00).

Owings, who played professionally this past summer in The Netherlands, recorded the Alumni’s only hit in the game and also drew a pair of walks. McCabe provided the defensive highlight of the contest with a diving catch in center field to rob O’Leary of a base hit in the fifth inning.

“We were very excited to have some of UVa’s finest come back and take the field,” said head coach Karen Johns. “It was a fun day for all of us, especially for our athletes to share time with those that came before them and to understand the doors that earning a degree from the University of Virginia will do for them. We plan on making our Alumni game an annual event and want to build on the success of this year’s game.”

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