Cavaliers Split Doubleheader At Longwood
Box Score March 23, 2016
FARMVILLE, Va. – The Cavaliers battled back in the second game of the afternoon, using an efficient offense to grab the win as Virginia (9-22) split a doubleheader at Longwood (13-9) on Wednesday (March 23).
Virginia fell 7-1 in the first game, but responded with six runs on eight hits to grab the 6-3 win in game two.
The Cavaliers continue a five-game road trip on the road this weekend, traveling to play Pittsburgh in ACC competition. Virginia and the Panthers will play a single game on Friday and a doubleheader on Saturday.
Longwood 7, Virginia 1
Virginia got one run on a fielding error in the sixth inning, as the offense couldn’t solve the pitching of Longwood in game one of the afternoon. The Cavaliers managed two hits in the game as Lancer pitcher Sydney Gay kept the hitters off balance.
Erika Osherow (Darien, Conn.) fell to 6-14 on the season in the start. The freshman allowed four runs – three of them earned – on seven hits. She had a walk and two strikeouts in 2.1 innings of work.
Gay (5-3) picked up the win as she allowed the one unearned run on two hits in a complete-game effort. She walked one and struck out nine in the outing.
Longwood got on the board in the third inning when an error at the plate allowed a run to score. A double put a runner in scoring position with one out before a double to left allowed her to come home. The throw home was online, but the ball came out on the tag to allow the run to score safely and the batter to take third. Longwood then took the lead out to two runs as another hit in the next at bat continued the rally.
A double steal brought a third run home and an error on the play allowed the trail runner to go from first to third on the play. Longwood led 4-0 after the third.
The Lancers continued to add to the lead in the fourth inning, pushing two more runs across the plate to take the score out to 6-0 in favor of the home team.
The Lancers scored again in the fifth inning, getting a leadoff home run to take the lead to 7-0 after five.
A fielding error in right on a fly ball from Kaitlin Fitzgerald (Placentia, Calif.) got the Cavaliers on the board as Allison Davis (Oak Hill, Va.) scored on the play. Davis reached on a walk in the previous at bat.
Virginia 6, Longwood 3
Virginia figured things out in the second game with eight hits, including a home run, on the way to the 6-3 win.
Lacy Smith (Lancaster, Pa.) improved to 2-5 on the season with the win in game two. She allowed three runs on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts in her complete-game effort.
Jenna Carnes (1-1) suffered the loss in relief for the Lancers, allowing three runs – one earned – on two hits with three walks. She worked 2.0 innings in the outing.
Virginia loaded the bases in the second inning, using back-to-back singles to star the inning before a walk with two outs put three on. Longwood got a lineout to first base to end the inning, however, and the game remained scoreless heading to the bottom of the second.
The Lancers got on the board in the home half of the second when Karleigh Donovan doubled to left center to score Mariah Ellis. Ellis reached on a single and stole second to set up the score on the Donovan hit. Longwood would push another run across the plate on a single up the middle to give the home team a 2-0 lead after the second.
The Cavaliers answered in the third through solid base running by Iyana Hughes (Manteca, Calif.). Hughes reached on a fielding error, stole second and then moved to third on a groundout. A wild pitch allowed her to scamper home and give Virginia its first run of the game.
Longwood got the run back in the home half of the third when Ellis hit a sac fly to right to take the lead back out to two runs at 3-1.
Virginia cut the lead back to one run in the fifth inning when Hughes again scored on a shallow single to center as Fitzgerald golfed one into the outfield. The hit left runners at the corners for the Cavaliers before a Danni Ingraham (Laguna Nigel, Calif.) loaded the bases when she was hit by a pitch.
Madison Labshere (El Cajon, Calif.) battled through a full count to draw a bases-loaded walk and bring home the tying run in the next at bat. Longwood get out of the inning with a strikeout, but the game was tied 3-3.
Virginia moved in the lead in the seventh inning when Ingraham hit a solo shot to straight away center that put the Cavaliers on top 4-3. It was the first lead of the afternoon for the visiting team. Davis extended the lead three batters later with a two-RBI double to center that put Virginia in front 6-3.
Smith and the Cavaliers then sat the Lancers down in order in the seventh to secure the win.
Longwood 7, Virginia 1 (Mar 23, 2016 at Farmville, Va.) (Game 1)
Virginia………… 000 001 0 – 1 2 3 (8-22)
Longwood………… 004 210 X – 7 10 2 (13-8)
Pitchers: Virginia – ; Allison Davis(3) and Katie Park. Longwood – GAY, S. and BATTEN, K..
Win-GAY, S.(5-3) Loss-Erika Osherow(6-14) T-1:38 A-204
HR LWU – SWEENEY, K. (2).
Weather: 75 degrees, sunny
Virginia 6, Longwood 3 (Mar 23, 2016 at Farmville, Va.) (Game 2)
Virginia………… 001 020 3 – 6 8 2 (9-22)
Longwood………… 021 000 0 – 3 8 2 (13-9)
Pitchers: Virginia – and Olivia Gott. Longwood – MCCARTHY, E.; CARNES, J.(6) and BATTEN, K..
Win-Lacy Smith(2-5) Loss-CARNES, J.(1-1) T-1:50 A-204
HR VA – Danni Ingraham (4).
Weather: 68 degrees, sunny