Virginia Beats GW 6-0 to Conclude Cavalier Invitational
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Virginia softball team (4-7) beat George Washington 6-0 on Saturday to conclude play at the Virginia Invitational in Newport News, Va. Senior Nicole Koren threw a complete game with seven strikeouts in the winning effort.
Earlier in the day, the Cavaliers were defeated by Notre Dame, 9-0. Virginia finished tournament play with a 2-2 record.
Virginia outhit George Washington 8-4, highlighted by freshman Kristen Hawkin’s three-run homer in the top of the seventh inning. Sophomore Clara Kendall and Koren each had a pair of singles while Giannina Cipolloni, Sarah Tacke and Lauren McCaskey also recorded singles.
The Cavaliers went up 1-0 with a run in the top of the second. Tacke singled to left and Lauren Didlake was called upon to pinch run. A groundout moved Didlake over to second and she came around to score on McCaskey’s single up the middle.
UVa added a pair of runs in the fifth. Taylor Williams reached on an error, stole second then moved to third on a wild pitch. Kendall singled to right to score Williams and took second on the throw. Kendall advanced to third on a Koren single and scored on a Sarah Tacke sac fly.
Virginia led 3-0 heading into the final inning when Hawkins blasted the ball over to the fence to score Koren, who singled and Ales Skinkis, who walked.
Against the Fighting Irish, Williams led Virginia at the plate with two singles. Cipolloni, Koren and Skinkis also had hits for UVa. Notre Dame outhit UVa 12-5 in the contest. The Irish improved to 8-4 this season.
Virginia is back in action Wednesday at Hampton. A doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m.