Cavaliers Rally to Beat VT 6-5
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -Sophomore Taylor Williams tallied the game-winning hit with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Virginia to a 6-5 victory over Virginia Tech Saturday at The Park.
The Cavaliers rallied to score three runs in the final inning of play to come back from a 5-3 deficit and earn the series victory over the Hokies. The two teams split a doubleheader Friday.
In the seventh inning, Pittman started off with an infield single and moved to second on a groundout from Erica Cipolloni. Stephanie Harris then walked to put two runners on, with Pittman moving to third and Harris to second on an Alex Skinkis groundout. With two on and two outs, Kristen Hawkins walked to load the bases. Cynthia Javaras then followed with a walk that allowed Pittman to score and cut the lead to 5-4.
After Kennedy Byxbee came on to pinch run for Hawkins, Marcy Bowdren walked, which allowed Harris to score and tie the game. The next batter, Williams, blooped a single into center field, plating Byxbee for the game-winning run.
Both teams tallied 10 hits in the contest. Javaras led the Cavaliers at the plate with two triples. Giannina Cipolloni and Williams also had two hits in the winning effort.
The Cavaliers trailed Tech 5-0 after the Hokies scored twice in the second and three times in the fourth. Virginia’s rally included three runs in the bottom of the sixth and three in the seventh, to score six unanswered for the victory.
Melanie Mitchell earned the win after throwing all seven innings. She gave up five runs, all earned, with six strikeouts.
Kenzie Roark was credited with the loss for Virginia Tech.
The Cavaliers are back in action Friday at home against Georgia Tech. A doubleheader is set for 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.