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March 7, 2006

Box Score

FULLERTON, Calif. – After registering a 9-1 win over Loyola-Chicago earlier in the day, the University of Virginia softball team lost to Cal-State Fullerton 5-0 Tuesday evening (Mar. 5) in the final game of the Fullerton Round Robin, which was held at the Titan Softball Complex. With the loss to Cal-State Fullerton, the Cavaliers fall to 12-5 on the season. The Titans improve to 13-10.

UVa had at least one hit in each of the first five innings, but couldn’t push a run across the plates. The Cavaliers also had the bases loaded with two outs in the fifth inning, but again Cal-State Fullerton got out of the jam.

The Titans broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with all five of their runs. Whitney Kroh led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Molly Perez’s single to third moved Kroh to third base. After an intentional walk to Candice Baker, Ashley Van Boxmeer broke the scoreless tie with a sacrifice fly to center field. Katie Gollhardt added a two-run double to right field to plate Perez and Baker to make the score and 3-0. After a single by Marissa Marzan, Tiffany Hoff hit a two-run double to center field to score Gollhardt and to increase Cal-State Fullerton’s lead to 5-0.

Second-year Karla Wilburn (Del Mar, Calif.) suffered the loss in the circle for the Cavaliers to fall to 3-2 on the season. Wilburn held the Titans to just one hit through five innings before giving up five runs on four hits in the sixth. She struck out two batters and walked two in the complete-game effort. Baker (9-3) picked up the win for Cal-State Fullerton with two innings of relief work in place of starter Brooke Weekley. Baker held UVa hitless while striking out three and walking one. Weekley threw the first five innings and allowed six hits with one walk and five strikeouts.

Third-year designated player Amy McKean (Kent, Wash.) had three hits for Virginia in as many at-bats. Third-year second baseman Elea Crockett (Tucson, Ariz.), fourth-year center fielder Jessica Taylor (Philadelphia, Pa.), and fourth-year third baseman Sara Larquier (Burbank, Calif.) each had a single for the Cavaliers.

Virginia continues its California tour with a single game at Long Beach State Wednesday (Mar. 8) at 6:00 p.m.

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