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April 8, 2016

Virginia (12-25, 2-7 ACC) vs. Syracuse (17-16, 4-7 ACC)
Date/Time April 9-10, 2016 | 3 p.m. (Saturday); 5 p.m. (Saturday); 12 p.m. (Sunday)
Location Charlottesville, Va. | The Park
Coverage Live Stats – Game 1 | Live Stats – Game 2 | Live Stats – Game 3 | Live Audio – Game 1 | Live Audio – Game 2 | Live Audio – Game 2

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia (12-25, 2-7 ACC) softball team returns to action this weekend, hosting Syracuse (17-16, 4-7 ACC) in a three-game series at The Park that begins with a doubleheader on Saturday.

Saturday’s doubleheader is set for a 3 p.m. first pitch, while Sunday’s concluding game is set for a 12 p.m. first pitch. Admission to all Virginia softball games is free. Fans who can’t make it to the Park can follow the action through live stats and a live audio broadcast linked on

It will be the first action in more than a week for the Cavaliers who had a series cancelled at Boston College last weekend due to inclement weather.

The Cavaliers look to pick up the second straight weekend series in conference play after taking the series at Pittsburgh two weeks ago. It marked the first ACC series win on the road for Virginia since the 2012 season.

Junior Katie Park (Scottsdale, Ariz.) continues to lead the Virginia offense, hitting .283 with six home runs, 28 RBI and 13 runs scored. She is joined in offensive scoring by Iyana Hughes (Manteca, Calif.) who has scored a team-leading 24 runs and is 11-of-12 on steal attempts toward the top of the Cavalier lineup. Also efficient at the top of the lineup as been freshman Allie Arneson (Aledo, Texas) who has drawn 15 walks to only 11 strikeouts on the season.

Erika Osherow (Darien, Conn.) anchors the Cavaliers in the circle with a 9-15 record and 22 starts through 30 appearances. She has pitched a team-leading 146.1 innings and has posted 91 strikeouts to 35 walks with a 3.06 ERA. She has also turned in 16 complete games, including four consecutive complete-game efforts as she picked up both wins at Pittsburgh, struck out a season-high eight batters in a mid-week win over Radford and also held No. 7 James Madison in check in a 1-0 loss last Wednesday.

Lacy Smith (Lancaster, Pa.) has made 18 appearances with 13 starts in the circle for the Cavaliers and holds a 5.22 ERA with three complete games and two saves, while Allison Davis (Oak Hill, Va.) has also seen eight appearances in the circle.

Syracuse enters the weekend having won three of its last five games, taking the series from then No. 19 Notre Dame two weekends ago before splitting a doubleheader with Georgia Tech last weekend. The third game was cancelled due to weather.

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