Davis' Walk-Off Home Run Propels Virginia to Doubleheader Split with Pitt
Box Score Feb. 28, 2015
FLORENCE, S.C.–Freshman Allison Davis hit a walk-off solo home run in the 12th inning to give the Virginia softball team (4-13, 1-1 ACC) its first ACC win of the season, a 9-8 victory over Pittsburgh, Saturday in Florence, S.C. The Panthers (14-2, 1-1) won the ACC opener for both teams in the first game of the day, 14-7.
The Cavaliers came from behind three times in the second game, including in the seventh when Davis (Oak Hill, Va.) tripled with two outs to score fellow freshman Brittany McNulla (Litchfield, N.H.).
The two teams then went scoreless for four innings before Davis launched her second home run of the game to give the Cavaliers the win. Davis ended up 3-for-5 with four RBI.
Davis started the game in the circle, allowing eight runs (two earned) in 5.2 innings, while freshman Andie Formby (Orange, Calif.) came in and shut the door, throwing 6.1 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win and move to 4-6 on the season.
Kayla Harris allowed just the Davis home run in 5.1 innings of relief for Pitt, but took the loss to fall to 4-2.
In the first game, the Cavaliers were down 7-3 and rallied to tie the game in the fifth, but Pitt broke open the game with a seven-run seventh to win 14-7.
Virginia opened the scoring in the first inning when sophomore Kaitlin Fitzgerald (Placentia, Calif.) singled home freshman Allison Davis (Oak Hill, Va.) and junior Aimee Chapdelaine (Pembroke Pines, Fla.). After Pitt took a 3-2 lead in the top of the third, Fitzgerald again singled home Chapdelaine to knot the score at 3-3.
Pitt struck for four runs in the top of the fifth, but UVa answered with four its own on four-consecutive RBI hits. The Panthers went on to win when they scored seven runs on six hits in the seventh.
Formby (Orange, Calif.) took the loss, allowing 12 runs (seven earned) in 6.1 innings, while Harris picked up the win for Pitt, pitching two scoreless innings of relief.
The two teams conclude the series Sunday (March 1) in Florence, S.C., with the first pitch scheduled for noon. The games were moved from because of field conditions from recent inclement weather in Charlottesville.