Virginia Run-Rules Furman To Close Spartan Classic
Box Score Feb. 28, 2016
GREENVILLE, S.C. – Virginia (6-9) got off to a quick start on Sunday, scoring in four-of-five innings to pick up a 9-1, run-rule victory at Furman (7-9) to close out the Spartan Classic.
Katie Park (Scottsdale, Ariz.) turned in a three-RBI performance to lead seven Cavaliers with hits on the afternoon. Allie Arneson (Aledo, Texas) went 3-for-4 in the leadoff spot to set the table for the Cavaliers.
Erika Osherow (Darien, Conn.) picked up the win to improve to 4-7 on the season. She held the Paladins to one run on three hits with five strikeouts in 5.0 innings of work.
Virginia got off to a quick start against the Paladins with a leadoff single to right from Arneson. A fielding error on the play allowed her to reach second before a sac bunt from Iyana Hughes (Manteca, Calif.) put her at third. She came home on an RBI single from Park to get the Cavaliers on the board.
Two batters later, Kaitlin Fitzgerald (Placentia, Calif.) drove an RBI single to right field to score Park and a throwing error on the play allowed Danni Ingraham (Laguna Nigel, Calif.) to score as well. Virginia led 3-0 after the top of the first.
The lead grew in the second inning as the Cavaliers loaded the bases to bring Park to the plate again. The junior ripped a two-RBI single back up the middle and pushed Virginia on top of Furman 5-0. Hughes then scored on a sac fly from Ingraham and the Cavaliers held a six-run lead after the top of the second.
Osherow helped her own cause in the third, ripping an RBI single after back-to-back errors put Cavaliers on the bases to start things off. Virginia held a 7-0 lead after the top of the third.
Furman broke through in the fourth, putting together a rally to get on the scoreboard. With two outs and a runner on first, Emma Ogburn hit a double to the wall in straightaway center that allowed a run to score. Virginia led 7-1 after four innings of play.
Virginia got two runs back in the fifth when Aimee Chapdelaine (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) ripped a two-RBI double to right center after the first two runners reached base. The two runs put the Cavaliers on top 9-1.
Osherow and the Cavaliers then locked it down defensively in the home half of the fifth to secure the run-rule victory.
Virginia will return to action on the road next weekend, competing at a tournament hosted by UNC Wilmington.
Virginia 9, Furman 1 (Feb 28, 2016 at Greenville, S.C.)
Virginia………… 331 02 – 9 13 0 (6-9)
Furman………….. 000 10 – 1 3 4 (7-9)
Pitchers: Virginia – and Katie Park. Furman – Bert; Demonte(3) and Ogburn.
Win-Erika Osherow(4-7) Loss-Bert(4-6) T-1:16 A-119
Weather: 57, sunny