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March 6, 2016

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WILMINGTON, N.C.-The Virginia softball team split a pair of games on the final day of the Seahawk Softball Showcase Sunday (March 6) at Boseman Field in Wilimington, N.C. The Cavaliers (7-12) defeated Radford, 3-2, but fell to UNCW, 8-7, in 12 innings.

In the second game, Radford (9-5) scored a run in the first, but freshman Allie Arneson (Aledo, Texas) led off the bottom of the inning with her first home run of the season and sophomore Danni Ingraham (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) drove home junior Iyana Hughes (Manteca, Calif.) to give UVA a 2-1 lead.

The Highlanders scored a run in the third, but Cavaliers came right back to take the lead with Hughes scoring an unearned run on a Radford error.

Freshman Erika Osherow (Darien, Conn.) pitched the complete game for the win to improve to 5-8 on the season. Osherow allowed two runs and recorded two strikeouts.

The Cavaliers got on the board in the fourth inning of the first game after sophomore Danni Ingraham (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) doubled and came around to score on a perfectly placed bunt single by junior Madison Labshere (El Cajon, Calif.) that went through the infield.

UVA tied the game in the fifth when freshman Allie Arneson (Aledo, Texas) doubled home senior Aimee Chapdelaine (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) and came home on a sacrifice fly by junior Katie Park (Scottsdale, Ariz.).

Virginia took the lead for the first time in the eighth when Labshere had another bunt single that scored senior pinch runner Taylor Sarcone (Staten Island, N.Y.). Sophomore Lauren Heintzelman (Southlake, Texas) then singled home Labshere to give UVA an insurance run and a 5-3 lead.

After UNCW (12-5) came back and scored two runs with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Arneson scored on a wild pitch in the ninth to give the Cavaliers a 6-5 advantage, but the Seahawks scored in the bottom of the frame. Ingraham scored on a sac fly by sophomore Allison Davis (Oak Hill, Va.) in the 10th, but UNCW countered to continue the game.

After both teams were unable to score in the 11th, UNCW scored on a single with two outs to earn the win.

Davis (1-2) allowed eight runs (two earned) in a career-high 11.2 innings, including a stretch where she retired 15 of 16 batters in the middle of the game. Peyton Jordan (4-1) picked up the win for UNCW, only allowing an unearned run in three innings of work.

The Cavaliers return to action Tuesday (March 8) for a doubleheader against Towson in Towson, Md.

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