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May 2, 2006

Box Score

TOWSON, Md. – The University of Virginia softball team split a pair of games with Towson Tuesday (May 2) at Towson Center Field. The Cavaliers lost the opener 1-0, but rebounded with a 4-2 victory in the nightcap. UVa now stands at 28-24 overall, while the Tigers are 29-27.

In the first game, Towson used four singles to score the lone run of the game in the bottom of the second inning. Stephanie Fudurich singled left field and then scored on Jillian Fraser’s two-out single to left to account for the lone run of the game.

Third-year Coty Tolar (Marietta, Ga.) fell to 5-5 on the season with the loss in the circle. She allowed one run on nine hits with one walk and four strikeouts in a complete-game effort. Jessica Fisher tossed a one-hit shutout while improving to 17-13 on the season. She struck out five and did not walk a batter.

Second-year left fielder Lindsey Preuss (La Plata, Md.) had UVa’s lone hit in the contest, a line drive base hit off Towson’s second baseman’s glove to lead off in the first inning.

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning of the second game. With two outs, Nina Navarro singled to left field and then scored from first on Aimee Rosa’s double to left field.

The Cavaliers came back to score four runs on three hits and four Towson errors in the sixth inning. Third-year designated player Amy McKean (Kent, Wash.) walked to lead off the inning. Third-year third baseman Meghan O’Leary (Baton Rouge, La.), pinch running for McKean, advanced to second on an error on third-year second baseman Elea Crockett’s (Tucson, Ariz.) fielder’s choice grounder to shortstop. Fourth-year center fielder Jessica Taylor (Philadelphia, Pa.) singled through the right side of the infield to score O’Leary from second base. Crockett advanced to third on the play and Taylor took off for second. The Tigers threw to second to get Taylor but she was safe, and Crockett took off for home. The throw home was wide of the plate for a throwing error and Crockett scored.Taylor attempted to score from second, but was tagged out by the catcher.

Fourth-year pitcher Erin Horn (Tallahassee, Fla.) and third-year first baseman Brooke Sorber (Alexandria, Va.) followed with base hits. Horn scored when Towson’s pitcher threw high to first on second-year right fielder Whitney Holstun’s (Escondido, Calif.) grounder. Sorber scored then scored on a throwing error by Towson’s first baseman to make the score 4-1.

Towson used two hits and a pair of walks to score one run in the seventh to make the final score 4-2. Tolar recorded the final out with the bases loaded to register to tie Horn’s single season saves record with four. Horn pitched 6.2 innings to improve to 12-10 on the season. She allowed two runs on seven hits with three walks and six strikeouts. Jillian Kiley (11-13) took the loss in the circle for Towson. In 5.2 innings, she allowed four runs (one earned) on seven hits with nine strikeouts and a walk.

Virginia returns to action May 11-14 when it competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament in Chapel Hill, N.C. Seedings for the tournament will be announced at the conclusion of ACC play on Sunday (May 7).

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