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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -The Virginia softball team (21-29, 4-14 ACC) dropped two one-run games in a doubleheader with NC State (26-21, 7-11 ACC) Saturday at Dail Stadium in Raleigh, N.C. The Wolfpack took the first game 1-0 and scored in the sixth inning to win game two, 3-2.

NC State topped the Cavaliers in game one in a defensive pitchers’ dual. NC State recorded the only run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning and outhit UVa 5-2 for the contest.

Kayla Cox struck out 11 in the complete game outing for NC State. Sophomore Melanie Mitchell took the loss after throwing all six innings; she recorded six strikeouts and did not allow a walk.

Junior Giannina Cipolloni and sophomore Taylor Williams tallied singles in the loss. Cipolloni and senior Alison Pittman each had a stolen base.

In game two, NC State again jumped out to an early lead, scoring two runs on four hits in the bottom of the third inning. But it took the Cavaliers two batters in the top of the fourth to tie the game at two.

After Stephanie Harris led off the stanza with a single through the left side, freshman Erica Cipolloni homered to left to make it 2-2. It was her third home run of the season.

After a scoreless fifth, the Wolfpack scored what proved to be the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth.

NC State’s Caitlin Dent commenced the rally with an infield single and advanced to second on an Alyssa Allbritten sacrifice bunt. After a walk to put two runners on, Alicia Abbott singled to left to load the bases. The next batter, Alyssa Ishinashi, lined out to first baseman Stephanie Harris, but a throwing error trying to double up the runner at second went into the outfield and allowed Dent to score.

The Wolfpack outhit Virginia 8-6 in the second contest. Harris led the way with two singles at the plate while Marcy Bowdren contributed a double. Taylor Williams and Kristen Hawkins also singled.

Junior Stephanie Coates took the loss for UVa. She pitched all six innings and finished with two strikeouts and three walks.

NC State’s Morgan Peeler earned the win. She threw all seven innings with two strikeouts and a walk.

Virginia and NC State conclude regular season conference play with the series finale at 12 p.m. Sunday in Raleigh.

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