CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Cavaliers’ bats remained hot on Sunday (Feb. 26) as Virginia (11-4) picked up a pair of run-rule victories over Howard (2-7) and George Washington (6-6) at Palmer Park. The Hoos defeated Howard 8-0 in six innings and the Colonials 16-1 in five innings.

GAME 1: Virginia 8, Howard 0 (6 Innings)
Virginia’s offense found its groove in the third inning when the Cavaliers pushed four runs home. It started with a two-RBI double from MC Eaton that was followed by an RBI triple to right from Katie Goldberg. The Hoos capped the scoring in the inning with a single to left from Abby Weaver that brought home Goldberg.

The Cavaliers added two more runs in the fourth with a sac fly from Tori Gilbert before Kelly Ayer, who had reached on the walk before advancing to third, stole home to cap the inning with a 6-0 lead.

The final two runs came home in the sixth with an RBI groundout from Gabby Baylog before Reece Holbrook would come to the plate and drove a ball down the left field line to bring home the winning run.

Eden Bigham (3-1) picked up the win with as she held the Bison to two hits with a walk and four strikeouts through 4.0 innings of work.

GAME 2: Virginia 16, George Washington 1 (5 Innings)
The Cavaliers continued the hot streak at the plate, using 12 hits to grab the 16-1 victory over George Washington.

It started with a two-run home run from Sarah Coon in the first inning and continued with a six-run second inning. Virginia used a two-RBI single from Lauren VanAssche to spark the rally and take the lead out to 8-1 on the Colonials which had scored on an error in the top half of the second.

Virginia capped the scoring on the day with an eight-run fourth inning behind a grand slam from Jade Hylton and a two-run home run from Eaton.

Molly Grube (5-2) picked up the win, working 3.0 innings with the unearned run on two hits with a walk and two strikeouts.

• Jade Hylton hit her first collegiate grand slam with her home run against George Washington.
• MC Eaton maintained her hold on the team lead in home runs (5) with her two-run shot vs. the Colonials.
• It’s the second time this season that Hylton and Eaton have homered in the same inning.
• RHP Madison Harris made her first appearance of the season when she worked the fifth vs. GW.
• Katie Goldberg was perfect at the plate on the day, going 4-for-4 with a walk, two doubles and a triple.

“I’m really proud of how the team came out and competed all weekend. We knew it was going to take our entire team staying focused and together. I felt like we learned a lot last weekend (at the ACC/Big 10 Challenge). We came back and applied our principles, and our  execution was high all weekend. We still have a lot to learn and apply on both sides of the ball, but overall, I’m proud of the fight, the hustle and the joy our team was playing with this weekend. I love when they smile, have fun and are playing with each other.”

Virginia will continue to play at home on Tuesday when the Cavaliers host Radford in a doubleheader. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. It will be the first of several home games at Palmer Park as Virginia will host the Palmer Park Clash over the weekend.