Virginia Splits Day One Action At UTSA Classic
Box Score Feb. 19, 2016
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Virginia (3-4) split a pair of games on Friday to open the UTSA Classic, falling to Tulsa by a score of 4-3 before picking up an 8-1 victory over Texas A&M — Corpus Christi.
The Cavaliers hit three home runs on the afternoon and were paced by Katie Park (Scottsdale, Ariz.) in the win over the Islanders as the junior went 3-for-4 at the plate with five RBI. In game one, Virginia hit a pair of home runs, but gave up a four-run fourth inning on the way to the loss.
Virginia will return to action on Saturday, facing North Dakota at 10 a.m. ET before closing the second day of action against the host UTSA Roadrunners at 5:30 p.m. ET.
Tulsa 4, Virginia 3
A four-run fourth inning by Tulsa proved to be too much for the Cavaliers as Virginia dropped the first game of the day.
Erika Osherow (Darien, Conn.) took the loss for the Cavaliers, falling to 2-3 on the season as she allowed four runs on 10 hits with a walk and two strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work.
Allison Davis (Oak Hill, Va.) got the Cavaliers on the board in the second inning, hitting a solo home run to straightaway center that hit the flagpole and bounced back into the park.
Osherow added a solo shot of her own in the third inning, opening the frame with a long ball over the fence in right center.
Tulsa tied things up in the bottom of the fourth, using a single and a two-run home run to start the inning. Catherine Horner singled up the middle to open the frame before Madison Withee hit her two-run shot to left field.
Tulsa loaded the bases with the next three batters before a sac fly would give the Golden Hurricane the lead. Another single through the left side pushed the lead out to 4-2 for Tulsa before the Cavaliers would get out of the inning.
Virginia got a run back in the fifth inning when Iyana Hughes (Manteca, Calif.) scored on a fielder’s choice from Katie Park (Scottsdale, Ariz.). Hughes reached on a single and advanced to second on a single from Kaitlin Fitzgerald (Placentia, Calif.). A sac bunt from Danni Ingraham (Laguna Nigel, Calif.) put the runners in scoring position for the Park at bat,
Park hit a grounder to first and Tulsa threw home, but the speedy Hughes slid in under the tag to cut the lead to 4-3 in favor of the Hurricane.
The Cavaliers could get no closer, despite getting runners into scoring position in the seventh as Tulsa picked up the one-run victory.
Virginia will return to action at 4 p.m. ET when the Cavaliers close the first day of action at the UTSA Classic against Texas A&M Corpus Christi.
Virginia, Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Park’s five RBI performance paced the Cavaliers in game two as Virginia responded with a strong performance to close the day.
Lacy Smith (Lancaster, Pa.) picked up the win and moved to 1-0 on the season, allowing one unearned run on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts in the complete-game.
Virginia got on the board first, scratching out a run in the second inning when Davis scored from second on a fielding error at third. After reaching on a double, Davis sat at second with two outs.
Lexi Mettler (Turlock, Calif.) hit a sharp grounder back off the pitcher. The Islander’s pitcher scrambled to find the ball and threw to first, but it was dropped by the first baseman. Davis, who was running on the play, scampered home and put the Cavaliers up 1-0.
Park extended the lead to 3-0 in the third inning, delivering a two-RBI single to shallow left with the bases loaded.
A throwing error on a ground ball back to the circle allowed Corpus Christi to get on the board as the lead runner scored from second on the play. The Cavaliers would allow two more runners into scoring position, but retired three straight from there to end the threat with a 3-1 lead.
A leadoff walk of Aimee Chapdelaine (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) started a fifth-inning rally for Virginia. With one out on the board, back-to-back doubles from Fitzgerald and Park brought two more runs home. Park would go on to score on a passed ball later in the inning as the Cavaliers moved out to a 6-1 lead.
Park took the lead out to 8-1 in the top of the seventh, belting out a two-run shot to center field as the Cavaliers moved out to what proved to be the final margin of victory.
Tulsa 4, Virginia 3 (Feb 19, 2016 at San Antonio, Texas)
Virginia………… 011 010 0 – 3 7 1 (2-4)
Tulsa…………… 000 400 X – 4 10 1 (4-2)
Pitchers: Virginia – and Olivia Gott. Tulsa – SILL, Caitlin and HORNER, Catherine.
Win-SILL, Caitlin(2-1) Loss-Erika Osherow(2-3) T-1:38 A-0
HR VA – Allison Davis (1); (1).
HR TLS – WITHEE, Maddie.
Weather: Cloudy, 68, Wind S 10 mph
Virginia 8, Texas A&M – CC 1 (Feb 19, 2016 at San Antonio, Texas)
Virginia………… 012 030 2 – 8 9 3 (3-4)
Texas A&M – CC…… 000 100 0 – 1 5 1 (5-2)
Pitchers: Virginia – and Olivia Gott. Texas A&M – CC – Carter, Liz and Trost, Brianne.
Win-Lacy Smith(1-0) Loss-Carter, Liz(3-1) T-4:43 A-0
HR VA – Katie Park (2).
Weather: 82, Sunny, Wind S 10 mph