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FARMVILLE, Va. – The Virginia softball team (8-9) was swept by Longwood (11-7) in a doubleheader Tuesday in Farmville, Va. The Lancers topped the Cavaliers 5-3 in the first game and 1-0 in the second game.

Longwood earned a comeback victory in the first game after outhitting UVa 8-6. The Cavaliers were unable to string together multiple-hit innings. Senior Sarah Tacke was the lone Wahoo with two hits with a single in the fourth and a home run in the sixth. Giannina Cipolloni, Clara Kendall, Abby Snyder and Taylor Williams also recorded singles for the Orange and Blue.

Virginia took a 1-0 lead in the second inning thanks to some aggressive base running and a Lancer error. Alison Pittman scored the first run after reaching on a fielder’s choice and stealing second. She came in from second when Alex Skinkis hit a grounder to the shortstop that was overthrown at first base.

The Cavaliers added another run in the second. Snyder led off the inning with an infield single to second base. She would later score on a Cipolloni sacrifice fly to center.

Longwood took the lead in the bottom of the fourth, scoring three runs in the stanza. The Lancers then added two more in the fifth to go up 5-2.

Virginia cut the lead to two with Tacke’s solo home run to right, her third of the season.

Freshman Melanie Mitchell tossed all six innings and allowed four earned runs while striking out five.

Lancer pitcher Briana Wells tossed complete games in both outings. In the first game, she allowed one earned run on six hits and gave up just two hits with five strikeouts in game two.

The second game was scoreless through five complete innings, until Longwood was able to put a run on the board. Freshman Brooke Short, who went 3-for-3 in the game, led off the stanza with a double to the right field fence. She came in to score on a two-out RBI single to center from Amy Betterton.

Longwood outhit Virginia 7-2 in the second contest; Kendall and Tacke both recorded singles for the Cavaliers.

Nicole Koren threw all six innings for Virginia. She finished with five strikeouts and no walks.

Virginia back in action at 4 p.m. Wednesday with a doubleheader at home against Norfolk State.

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