Virginia Drops Two Games At UTSA Classic Saturday
Box Score Feb. 20, 2016
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Errors and miscues proved to be problematic on Saturday as Virginia (3-6) dropped a pair of games at the UTSA Classic, falling to North Dakota and host UTSA in day two of action.
The Cavaliers surrendered nine unearned runs through the two games and committed 10 errors. It proved to be too much for the 20 hits to overcome on the day.
Virginia will close out action at the UTSA Classic at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, facing the hosting UTSA Roadrunners for a second time on the weekend. Fans can follow the action on live stats or an audio stream linked at VirginiaSports.com.
North Dakota 10, Virginia 6
Opportunistic rallies were the tale of the morning as North Dakota (2-5) capitalized on seven errors by the Cavaliers to grab a 10-6 win in the first game of the day at the UTSA Classic.
Lacy Smith (Lancaster, Pa.) dropped her first game of the season, allowing eight runs — four of them earned — on five hits through 4.1 innings of work. She struck out five and walked five in the outing.
North Dakota got off to a quick start, loading the bases out of the gates before a wild pitch brought the first run home and left two in scoring position. The Cavaliers then made a pitching change as Erika Osherow (Darien, Conn.) moved to the circle.
The inning grew for the Hawks as North Dakota used a pair of wild pitches and errors to push out to the four-run lead in the first.
Another pair of errors in the second inning allowed a fifth run to come home for the Hawks. North Dakota led 5-0 heading into the home half of the second.
Virginia got on the board in the bottom of the inning when Madison Labshere (El Cajon, Calif.) delivered a two-out, two-RBI single up the middle. Smith and Allison Davis (Oak Hill, Va.) scored on the play after reaching on a single and a fielder’s choice, respectively.
Two more errors in the third inning gave the runs back to the Fighting Hawks as North Dakota moved back out to a five-run lead at 7-2.
The Cavaliers got a spark in the fifth inning when Allie Arneson (Aledo, Texas) slid into first to beat out an infield hit. She then stole second and scored when Olivia Gott (Weston, Fla.) doubled off the wall in left center. Gott scored on a double from Lexi Mettler (Turlock, Calif.) and Virginia trailed 7-4 as North Dakota made a visit to the circle.
Two batters later, Katie Park (Scottsdale, Ariz.) delivered a fielder’s choice RBI to cut the lead to 7-5 before North Dakota would get out of the inning.
A seventh error in the game allowed a run to score as the Hawks again answered the Cavalier rally. North Dakota continued to build from there, adding a second run to take the lead to 9-5 before Virginia would get out of the fifth inning.
Virginia got a run back in the sixth, but the Cavaliers couldn’t hold the Hawks down as North Dakota again answered in the seventh inning and took the lead out to 10-6. Virginia would get no closer as the Hawks picked up the win.
UTSA 5, Virginia 4
Errors again proved to be the undoing of the Cavaliers, leading to a big fourth inning as the home-standing Roadrunners rallied for the 5-4 win.
Osherow (2-4) suffered the loss, allowing five runs, but only one earned, on eight hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
Gott started things for the Cavaliers in the second inning, driving an RBI double off the wall to bring Davis home from second. Davis reached on a single through the left side and stole second to set up the score on the two-out hit by Gott. Virginia led 1-0 after the top of the second.
A solo shot with one out tied things up in the home half of the inning as UTSA erased the Cavalier lead.
Virginia answered in the fourth, loading the bases with one out. Lauren Heintzelman (Southlake, Texas) then delivered an RBI single to right field to bring home Davis. Iyana Hughes (Manteca, Calif.) extended the lead two batters later, driving in two more runs with a single to left as Virginia moved in front 4-1.
UTSA used a pair of errors on a play to extend the home half of the fourth inning and put together an answering rally. After scoring a run following the error, a two-run home run then propelled the Roadrunners in front of the Cavaliers 5-4 after four complete innings.
Virginia was unable to rally as the Roadrunners picked up the one-run victory.
North Dakota 10, Virginia 6 (Feb 20, 2016 at San Antonio, Texas)
North Dakota…….. 412 002 1 – 10 6 1 (2-5)
Virginia………… 020 031 0 – 6 9 7 (3-5)
Pitchers: North Dakota – VanDomelen and Keegan. Virginia – ; Erika Osherow(5) and Olivia Gott.
Win-VanDomelen(2-2) Loss-Lacy Smith(1-1) T-2:09 A-0
Weather: 65, drizzle, SSE 6 mph
L. Smith faced 3 batters in the 1st.
UTSA 5, Virginia 4 (Feb 20, 2016 at San Antonio, Texas)
Virginia………… 010 300 0 – 4 11 3 (3-6)
UTSA……………. 010 400 X – 5 8 1 (4-3)
Pitchers: Virginia – and Olivia Gott. UTSA – PARKER; FOX,L(5) and SOEFJE.
Win-PARKER(3-2) Save-FOX,L(2) Loss-Erika Osherow(2-4) T-1:36 A-0
HR UTSA – CRAWFORD (2); SOEFJE (2).
Weather: 80, partly cloudy, SSE 13 mph