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March 19, 2006

Box Score

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia softball team fell to Virginia Tech 10-2 in five innings in the final game of the series with the Hokies Sunday (Mar. 19) at the Tech Softball Park. Virginia Tech took two of three games in the series to earn a point in the Commonwealth Cup, presented by Adelphia. With the loss, UVa falls to 14-9 overall and 1-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Hokies improve to 19-7 overall and 2-1 in the ACC.

The Hokies jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning. Callie Rhodes led off with an infield single and Alisia Narodowski drew a walk. With two outs, Charissee Mariconda doubled to center field to bring home the first two runs of the game. Virginia Tech added three more runs in the third inning. Narodowski walked to lead off the inning and moved to second on Kelly Brown’s single. Narodowski scored when Stephanie Savre’s fielder’s choice grounder was thrown into left field. Jessica Everhart and Beth Walker drove in the final two runs of the inning with singles to make the score 5-0.

Virginia got on the scoreboard in the fourth when third-year designated player Amy McKean (Kent, Wash.) blasted her sixth home run of the season, a two-run homer to center field, to close the gap to 5-2. Third-year Elea Crockett (Tucson, Ariz.), who walked to lead off the inning, scored on McKean’s homer. The home run proved to be UVa’s lone hit in the contest.

Virginia Tech increased its lead to 7-2 on Everhart’s two-run homer to left field in the fifth. The Hokies added three more runs in the fifth to close out the game.

Fourth-year pitcher Erin Horn (Tallahassee, Fla.) was saddled with the loss and fell to 5-3 in the circle. She pitched two innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on three hits. Horn struck out three and walked three. Second-year Karla Wilburn (Del Mar, Calif.) relieved Horn and went two innings, allowing five runs on seven hits with one walk and one strikeout. First-year Madi Gore (Acworth, Ga.) pitched the final third of an inning and issued two walks. Tech’s Angela Tincher went the distance to improve to 10-2 on the season. She allowed two runs on one hit with 12 strikeouts and four walks.

UVa now leads the Commonwealth Challenge 11-6. The next competition in the Commonwealth Challenge is on Wednesday (Mar. 22) when the UVa men’s tennis team travels to Blacksburg for a 2:00 p.m. match against the Hokies.

Virginia returns to action next weekend when it travels to Atlanta, Ga., for a three-game series at Georgia Tech. UVa will play a doubleheader on Saturday (Mar. 25) at 1:00 p.m., followed by a single at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday (Mar. 26).

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