Virginia Falls In Saturday Doubleheader At Virginia Tech
Box Score April 30, 2016
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Home runs proved to be the primary offense of the day for the home team as Virginia (18-33, 7-14 ACC) dropped both games of a doubleheader at Virginia Tech (28-27, 13-11 ACC) on Saturday afternoon.
Virginia Tech claimed the first game 15-0 in five innings before picking up the second game 10-7 to sweep the weekend series.
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Virginia Tech 15, Virginia 0 (5 Innings)
Virginia Tech used five home runs in the first game of the afternoon to pick up the run-rule win over the Cavaliers.
Erika Osherow (Darien, Conn.) took the loss for the Cavaliers, falling to 13-21 on the season. She allowed seven runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 3.1 innings of work.
Virginia Tech got on the board in the first inning, using a three-run home run to right field from Lauren Duff to take the early lead on the Cavaliers. A single and a walk with one out put the two runners on for Duff before her shot to right as Virginia Tech went up 3-0.
The Hokies continued to build on the lead in the second inning when Chelsea Whitcomb hit a two-run home run to right field. Vanessa Gonzalez scored on the play after reaching on a single up the middle with one out. The Hokies held the 5-0 lead after the second.
Following a pair of two-out walks, the Cavaliers turned to Allison Davis (Oak Hill, Va.) in the circle. The Hokies then got a grand slam, the second home run of the inning, to take the lead out to 9-0.
A pair of three-run home runs in the third inning pushed the lead out to 15-0 and the Cavaliers ran Osherow back out to the circle.
Virginia put up a zero defensively in the fourth, but couldn’t find the offense themselves on the way to the loss in game one of the doubleheader.
Virginia Tech 10, Virginia 7
The Cavaliers took an early lead in game two, then attempted to mount a rally after falling behind. The rally came up short as the Hokies held on to win the second game of the doubleheader.
Lacy Smith (Lancaster, Pa.) took the loss for the Cavaliers, falling to 3-9 on the season. She allowed six runs – five of them earned – on two hits with three walks in 1.0 inning.
Virginia got on the board first in the second game of the afternoon as Kaitlin Fitzgerald (Placentia, Calif.) scampered home on a passed ball in the first inning. She reached on a two-out double and then took third on the relay home that was slow coming in from right field.
The Hokies erased the lead with a sac fly in the home half of the first inning from Katey Smith. Breeana Davenport scored on the play after reaching on a leadoff walk, taking second on a single up the middle and third on a passed ball. The lead flipped the way of the home team two batters later when Kelsey Mericka hit a three-run shot to give Virginia Tech the 4-1 lead.
An RBI single and a three-run home run by the Hokies in the second inning took the lead out to 8-1 for the home team. An error and a groundout RBI brought two more runs home and Virginia trailed by nine runs after two innings of play.
Fitzgerald got an RBI in the third inning, driving a single to left field after the Cavaliers loaded the bases to open the inning. Katie Park (Scottsdale, Ariz.) then drove an RBI single through the left side for a second run. An RBI single from Iyana Hughes (Manteca, Calif.) and an RBI groundout from Smith continued to cut into the lead.
After pushing the four runs across the plate, Virginia trailed 10-5 after the top of the third.
The two defenses put zeros on the board through the next three innings before Virginia would look to start another rally in the final frame.
Danni Ingraham (Laguna Nigel, Calif.) hit a two-run shot in the seventh inning, scoring Park, to cut the lead to 10-7. It would prove to be the final margin of victory as Virginia Tech would close out the game to take the doubleheader.
Virginia Tech 15, Virginia 0 (Apr 30, 2016 at Blacksburg, Va.)
Virginia………… 000 00 – 0 2 1 (18-32, 7-12 ACC)
Virginia Tech……. 366 0X – 15 11 1 (27-27, 12-11 ACC)
Pitchers: Virginia – ; Allison Davis(4) and Katie Park. Virginia Tech – Tyler, M.;
Aiken, M.(4) and Duff, L.; Gerhard, C..
Win-Tyler, M.(21-17) Loss-Erika Osherow(13-21) T-1:26 A-742
HR VT – Davenport, B; Duff, L. 2; Mericka, K.; Whitcomb, C..
Weather: 57, overcast
Virginia Tech 10, Virginia 7 (Apr 30, 2016 at Blacksburg, Va.)
Virginia………… 104 000 2 – 7 11 1 (18-33, 7-13 ACC)
Virginia Tech……. 460 000 X – 10 8 1 (28-27, 13-11 ACC)
Pitchers: Virginia – ; Erika Osherow(2) and Katie Park. Virginia Tech – Tyler, M. and Duff, L..
Win-Tyler, M.(22-17) Loss-Lacy Smith(3-9) T-1:33 A-742
HR VA – Danni Ingraham (7).
HR VT – Lattin, O. (8); Mericka, K. (6).
Weather: 50s, overcast
L. Smith faced 2 batters in the 2nd.