Virginia Splits Pair of Games on Opening Day
Feb. 7, 2014
SPARTANBURG, S.C.—The Virginia softball team opened the 2014 campaign Friday (Feb. 7), splitting a pair of games on the first day of the Upstate Classic. The Cavaliers (1-1) defeated North Carolina Central, 8-1, after dropping the first game of the season, 3-1, to Eastern Michigan.
The Cavaliers picked up their first win under first-year Head Coach Blake Miller after using a six-run sixth inning to break open the lead against the Eagles. Leading 2-1 going into the sixth, senior Marcy Bowdren (Fairfax Station, Va.) hit a solo home run and freshman Madison Labshere (El Cajon, Calif.) launched a two-run shot to extend the lead to 5-1. Fellow freshman Lindsay Mayer (Lincoln, R.I) added an RBI single and sophomore Taylor Sarcone (Staten Island, N.Y.) singled home two more runs to give UVa an 8-1 advantage.
Sophomore pitcher Aimee Chapdelaine (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) earned her first win of the season, allowing one unearned run in five innings of work with two strikeouts.
London Booker (0-1) took the loss for NCCU, allowing eight runs (two earned) in six innings.
In the first game of the day, Eastern Michigan defeated the Cavaliers, 3-1. UVa scored in the first inning when freshman Katie Park (Scottsdale, Ariz.) was hit by a pitch with the based loaded, scoring senior Stephanie Harris (Knoxville, Tenn.).
EMU scored three in the second against Chapdelaine (1-1), but the Cavaliers didn’t allow a run in 5.2 innings of relief between Mayer and Bowdren.
Lindsay Rich pitched a complete game for Eastern Michigan, allowing the one run in seven innings with six strikeouts.
The Cavaliers return to action Saturday (Feb. 8) when they play USC Upstate at 2:30 p.m.