April 23, 2017
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Virginia (20-29, 8-13 ACC) polished off a three-game series sweep of Notre Dame (27-18, 11-10 ACC) with a 10-6, game three victory. A five-run seventh inning rally sealed the Cavaliers’ sixth-straight win.
Senior McKall Miller (Ashburn, Va.) broke a 5-5 tie in the top of the seventh inning with a lead-off home run over the left center field wall. The Cavaliers tacked on four more runs in their final at bat for a five-run spurt. It marked the third-straight game the Cavaliers put together a single-inning rally of five runs or more.
As a team, Virginia compiled 14 hits and four different Cavaliers put forth multi-hit efforts. Kaitlin Fitzgerald (Placentia, Calif.) led the way with a career-best, four hits. She registered an RBI hit in the top of the second and tied the game at five with an RBI single in the top of the fourth. Classmate Katie Park (Scottsdale, Ariz.) went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Madison Labshere (El Cajon, Calif.) went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs. Her two-bagger in the seventh plated two runs and extended the Cavalier lead to 8-5. The outburst was capped by run-scoring singles by Park and Danni Ingraham (Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
The Cavaliers let a 4-1 lead slip away in the bottom half of the second inning when the Irish scored four runs on three hits and two errors. The two defensive miscues lead to a pair of unearned runs for sophomore pitcher Erika Osherow (Darien, Conn.). Appearing in her eighth consecutive game, the right-hander earned win No. 13 in her 12th complete game of the season.
The Cavaliers will return home for the final game at The Park this season on Wednesday (April 26) against George Washington. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.
-Virginia turned a season-high three double plays in the contest and totaled five for the series.
-The Cavaliers have recorded 10 or more hits in four-straight games for the first time since 2004.
-The eight ACC wins for Virginia are the most since 2012.
-The Cavaliers have now won eight games this season in their final at bat.
-The go-ahead home run by McKall Miller was her fifth lead-off home run of the season.
-The home run by Miller was the team’s 49th of 2017, the second most in a single season in school history
-Virginia reached the 20-win plateau for the first time since 2013.