Virginia Takes Series With 3-2 Win Over North Carolina
Box Score April 17, 2016
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Aimee Chapdelaine (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) delivered on Senior Day, hitting a two-run home run that proved to be the difference in the game as Virginia (15-28, 5-10 ACC) defeated North Carolina (24-21, 8-10 ACC) by a score of 3-2 on Sunday.
The win gave the Cavaliers the weekend series after Virginia picked up a 7-1 win in the opener on Saturday. It’s the second ACC series win of the season for Virginia who went on the road earlier this season and took the series at Pittsburgh.
Erika Osherow (Darien, Conn.) picked up the win in the circle, improving to 12-17 on the season. She allowed the two runs – only one of them earned – on four hits. She struck out two batters in the complete-game, but stymied the Tar Heel hitters on the afternoon. At one point in the game, Osherow and the Cavalier defense retired 13-of-14 batters.
It’s the first series win over North Carolina since the 2010 season.
The Cavaliers struck first when Arneson delivered a leadoff triple and then scored two batters later on a sac fly to left from Kaitlin Fitzgerald (Placentia, Calif.). It marked the second time in the series Arneson scored in the first inning for Virginia against the Tar Heels.
Chapdelaine extended the lead on her senior day, delivering a two-out, two-run home run to straight away center in the second inning. McKall Miller (Ashburn, Va.) scored on the hit after reaching with a single to lead off the inning.
North Carolina got on the board in the sixth inning using a passed ball and a throwing error on a sac bunt attempt to put runners at the corner with one out. A throwing error on a stolen base allowed the run to come home and left a runner on third for the Tar Heels. A wild pitch brought a second run home and the lead stood at 3-2 for the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers got out of the inning, maintaining the lead heading into the final inning where Osherow retired the side in order, including a strikeout looking to end the game.
Virginia will return to action on Wednesday, hosting Liberty in a doubleheader at 4 p.m. Admission to all softball games at The Park is free.
Virginia 3, North Carolina 2 (Apr 17, 2016 at Charlottesville, Va.)
North Carolina…… 000 002 0 – 2 4 1 (24-21, 8-10 ACC)
Virginia………… 120 000 X – 3 5 3 (15-28, 5-10 ACC)
Pitchers: North Carolina – Kendra Lynch and Katie Bailiff. Virginia – and Katie Park.
Win-Erika Osherow(12-17) Loss-Kendra Lynch(20-16) T-1:28 A-226
HR VA – Aimee Chapdelaine