CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia softball team kicks off its Blue-Orange Series on Friday (Nov. 4) with the first game of a best-of-five series at 3:30 p.m. at Palmer Park.
The series will continue with game two on Monday (Nov. 7) at 3:30 p.m. and game three on Thursday (Nov. 10) at 3:30 p.m. Games four and five will be played if necessary at 4 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 5) and Saturday (Nov. 12) at 9 a.m.
Admission to all Blue-Orange Series games is free and open to the public.
The Orange team had the first pick in the draft with senior shortstop Katie Goldberg taken as the first player off the board, while the Blue team opted to be the home team for the series.
Orange team captains are pitcher Jenny Bressler and Jade Hylton, while Blue team captains are outfielder Lauren VanAssche and pitcher Eden Bigham.
“Our strategy was to pick energy and I think we did that through our first few picks with Gabby Baylog and Leah Bogs,” VanAssche said. “Sarah Coon is going to be crazy for us in the dugout. Turn me up Sarah! We really focused on energy. I think our energy will really separate us.”
“We wanted to go strong up the middle – pitcher, catcher, short and center – we wanted to go with that,” Bressler said. “Our strategy was to take the best pitchers and hitters we could get with our picks. I think we did that and we’re looking forward to seeing what happens.”
BLUE-ORANGE SERIES SCHEDULE
Friday, Nov. 4 3:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 7 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 10 3:30 p.m
Friday, Nov. 11 4 p.m. (if necessary)
Saturday, Nov. 12 9 a.m. (if necessary)
BLUE TEAM ORANGE TEAM
Kelley Ayer Shelby Barbee
Gabby Baylog Jenny Bressler*
Eden Bigham* M.C. Eaton
Leah Boggs Mikaila Fox
Sarah Coon Katie Goldberg
Tori Gilbert Madi Harris
Molly Grube Sydney Hartgrove
Kelsey Hackett Mikayla Houge
Savanah Henley Kassidy Hudson
Reece Holbrook Jade Hylton*
Lauren VanAssche* Kailyn Jones
Mackenzie Wooten Courtney Layne