Cavaliers Fall to No. 22 Florida State in Regular Season Finale
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia softball team (33-20, 13-7 ACC) fell to No. 22 Florida State (41-15, 12-9 ACC) 2-1 in the regular season finale Sunday at The Park. UVa honored its three seniors – Nicole Koren, Abby Snyder and Sarah Tacke – as they played the final game on their home field.
On Saturday, Virginia wrapped up a second-place finish in the league, the highest since the 1997 season when the Cavaliers also finished second.
Florida State took the lead in the top of the seventh thanks to a two-run homer to center by Tory Haddad. Teammate Jen Lapicki started the rally with a one-out double to right.
The Seminoles claimed the series after the two teams split a doubleheader on Saturday.
The Cavaliers outhit Florida State, 6-5. Junior Lauren McCaskey led the way with two hits for the Orange and Blue.
Virginia scored in the bottom of the fifth inning. With one out, freshman Taylor Williams doubled to right field. She moved to third on classmate Alex Skinkis’ groundout to second and would score on McCaskey’s RBI single.
Freshman pitcher Melanie Mitchell was credited with the loss. She threw all seven innings and allowed two runs on five hits.
Florida State’s Terese Gober earned the win after tossing the final 1 1/3 innings. Sarah Hamilton started the game and pitched the first 5 2/3 innings. She gave up one run on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
Virginia will be the No. 2 seed in the 2010 ACC Championship, set for May 14-16 in Blacksburg, Va. The full bracket will be announced after the completion of regular season play by the conference office.