No. 22 Yellow Jackets Take Two From Virginia Softball
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -No. 22 Georgia Tech swept a doubleheader from the Virginia softball team (21-25, 4-12 ACC) Saturday at The Park. The Yellow Jackets (39-8, 13-1 ACC) won the first game 8-0 and took the second 9-2.
Following the second game, the three members of Virginia’s senior class – captains Cynthia Javaras, Lauren McCaskey and Alison Pittman – were honored for their contributions to the UVa program.
The first two innings of game one began Friday but play was halted because of inclement weather. GT led 1-0 when the game was called.
Georgia Tech came back Saturday and put up six runs in the third inning and added another in the top of the seventh for an 8-0 advantage. The Jackets outhit Virginia 11-3 in the first contest; the Cavaliers got two hits from Giannina Cipolloni, who had two singles and stole two bases. Pittman also singled in the contest.
In game two, junior Rachel Harvey, who stepped in to play third for an injured Erica Cipolloni, led Virginia at the plate with a triple.
The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second and added two more runs in the fourth, four in the fifth and two in the seventh.
Virginia scored its first run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Sophomore Taylor Williams led off with a walk and moved over to second on a Giannina Cipolloni sacrifice bunt. With one out, Harvey hit another deep ball directly to the left fielder but it was dropped, allowing Harvey to reach and Williams to score.
The Cavaliers added a second run in the seventh. Junior Kennedy Byxbee led off the inning with a pinch hit single to center. With two outs, freshman Marcy Bowdren singled up the middle to put two runners on, and Williams followed with a single to center to score Byxbee.
Georgia Tech outhit UVa 11-4 and was led by designated player Caitlin Jordan, who had three home runs in game two.
Virginia will play its final seven games of the regular season on the road, beginning Wednesday with a doubleheader at Radford. Game times are set for 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.