CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia softball team (21-15, 8-3 ACC) fell in game two of the weekend series with the Seminoles on Saturday (April 2) as No. 2 Florida State (34-2, 9-2 ACC) grabbed the 9-0 victory over the Cavaliers at Palmer Park.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Florida State pushed three runs home in the first inning before adding a fourth run in the third when an error extended the inning and allowed a run to score. The Seminoles added to the lead with two more home runs – a three-run shot in the sixth and a two-run shot in the seventh – to reach the final 9-0 margin of victory.
Savanah Henley (6-6) took the loss for the Cavaliers, allowing five runs on four hits with two walks and a strikeout in 1.1 innings of work.
Danielle Watson (11-2) picked up the win as she worked 5.2 innings and allowed two hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
NOTES ON THE GAME
• The crowd of 1,437 set a new Palmer Park record and bested the record-setting crowd of 1,006 from Friday.
• Virginia was shut out for only the fifth time this season and in consecutive games for the first time this year.
• UVA used three pitchers on the day as Mackenzie Wooten and Morgan Murphy also appeared in the circle.
• It was the second pitching appearance of the season for Murphy.
FROM HEAD COACH JOANNA HARDIN
“Our team fought the entire game and I’m proud of them for their effort. We need to keep learning, come back tomorrow and reset. We had an awesome crowd today – the biggest in Palmer Park history. We have a great venue, a great opponent and another great opportunity to compete. Our team will turn the page and get ready to go Sunday.”
UP NEXT FOR THE HOOS
Virginia closes the weekend series on Sunday (April 3) when the teams take the field at noon for game three. It will be Season Ticket Holder Appreciation Day at Palmer Park.