Virginia Softball Loses To Loyola Marymount 2-1
March 9, 2006
LOS ANGELES – For the second time Thursday (Mar. 9), the Virginia softball team lost with two outs in the bottom half of the final inning. In their second loss of the day, the Cavaliers fell to host Loyola Marymount 2-1 on a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning in the LMU Tournament at Smith Field. Earlier in the day, UVa lost to Cal State Northridge 5-4 on a two-out error in the bottom of the ninth inning. With the loss to the Lions, Virginia falls to 13-7 on the season. Loyola Marymount improves to 13-9.
The Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Third-year second baseman Elea Crockett (Tucson, Ariz.) led off the inning with a single up the middle. She moved to second on a passed ball and took third on third-year designated play Amy McKean’s (Kent, Wash.) ground out. Crockett crossed the plate on fourth-year third baseman Sara Larquier’s (Burbank, Calif.) RBI single to left field. Loyola Marymount tied the game at 1-1 with an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth. Hillaree Bennett hit a one-out single and moved to second on an error by fourth-year center fielder Jessica Taylor (Philadelphia, Pa.). After a wild pitch moved Bennett to third, she scored on Brittany Bassett’s single to right field.
The game remained tied at 1-1 until the bottom of the seventh inning. With one out, Chelsie Tysdal singled up the middle and came around to score on Kirsten Whitt’s two-out double to left center.
First-year Madi Gore (Acworth, Ga.) took the loss with 2.2 innings of relief work in place of second-year Karla Wilburn (Del Mar, Calif.). Gore, who falls to 4-1 with the loss, gave up one run on three hits with one strikeout and one walk. Wilburn pitched the first four innings and allowed one unearned run on three hits. She struck out one and walked one.
Tiffany Pagano improved to 6-5 on the season with the complete-game win. She gave up one unearned run on five hits while striking out nine and walking one.
Second-year shortstop Lindsey Preuss (La Plata, Md.) had a pair of hits for Virginia.
The Cavaliers wrap up their spring break trip to California with a doubleheader at San Diego State on Saturday (Mar. 11). The first game is scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m.