Oct. 15, 2016

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia softball program continues its fall scrimmages and practice this weekend, hosting Longwood in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. at The Park on Sunday.

Admission is free to fans wanting to see the squad in action under first-year head coach Joanna Hardin.

It’s the third straight weekend for the Cavaliers to see action in fall ball. Virginia went on the road to James Madison two weeks ago before hosting George Mason last weekend in the second week of action.

The Cavaliers return 12 letterwinners from last year’s squad, including All-ACC selection Allison Davis (Oak Hill, Va.) and VaSID All-State selections Davis and Danni Ingraham (Laguna Nigel, Calif.).

Seven of the top hitters from last season also return for the Cavaliers after accounting for 36 of the squad’s 48 home runs and 153 of 197 RBI. Those seven players also accounted for 135 of 218 runs scored. Among those players is the team’s RBI leader in catcher Katie Park (Scottsdale, Ariz.), the leader in runs scored and steals, Iyana Hughes (Manteca, Calif.) and the three top power hitters in Ingraham, Park and Madison Labshere (El Cajon, Calif.).

Added to the squad are four newcomers in Meghan Bradshaw (Reston, Va.), Ashlee Davis (Gilbert, Ariz.), Bailey Vaughn (Lewisville, Texas) and Janelle Zellars (Forest, Va.).