April 14, 1997

Cavalier Softball Team to Face Maryland

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The University of Virginia softball team will face Maryland in the first round of the 1997 Atlantic Coast Conference softball tournament, to be held Thursday-Saturday, April 17-19, in Marietta, Ga. The second-seeded Cavaliers will enter tournament play riding a five-game winning streak, their longest since March of 1995.

Virginia (13-12, 6-2 ACC) swept the Terps in a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 8, in Charlottesville. UVa's dynamic duo of Stacey Zagol and Christina Quinn held the Terps to just two hits on the afternoon, including Quinn's no-hitter in the second game. Virginia won the first game 3-0, before completing the sweep with a 4-0 win in the "nightcap."

    ACC Tournament schedule:

    *All games to be played at Al Bishop Park in Marietta, Ga.
    Thursday, April 17
    2:00 pm Game 1  #4 Georgia Tech vs. #5 North Carolina
    
    Friday, April 18
    2:00 pm Game 2  #2 Virginia vs. #3 Maryland
    4:00 pm Game 3  #1 Florida State vs. Winner of Game 1
    6:00 pm Game 4  Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
    8:00 pm Game 5  Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3
    
    Saturday, April 19
    11:00 am    Game 6  Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3
    1:00 pm     Game 7  Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 5
    6:00 pm     Game 8  Championship Game  

Overall Record:  13-12 
South Atlantic Softball Alliance record:  6-4
Atlantic Coast Conference record:  6-2  

Results (week ending April 13)
Date    Opponent            Site                   W/L  Score   Pitcher of Record
4/8     Maryland (G1)       Charlottesville, Va.    W     3-0       Zagol   (4-6)
4/8     Maryland (G2)       Charlottesville, Va.    W     4-0       Quinn   (4-3)*
4/11    Georgia Tech (G1)   Charlottesville, Va.    W     4-0       Zagol   (5-6)
4/11    Georgia Tech (G2)   Charlottesville, Va.    W     3-2 (8)   Zagol   (6-6)
*UVa no-hit game

Record In...       W     L
All Games         13    12
SASA               6     4
Home               4     0  
Away               3     6
Neutral            6     6
One Run Games      5     3
Extra Innings      3     0
vs. Left Handers   3     2
vs. Right Handers 10    10

Neophyte No-Hitter
First-year pitcher Stacey Zagol threw a no-hitter in her first collegiate start against Florida (March 7, 1997). Unfortunately for Zagol, Florida pitcher Betty Sakizzie matched her with a perfect game for 6.2 innings and when Florida scored an unearned run in the seventh, UVa lost 1-0. Thankfully for the Virginia softball team, lightning did not strike twice.

Tuesday afternoon, Christina Quinn had the no-hit bug and this time Virginia produced some clutch hits to help pull out the 4-0 victory over Maryland. But Quinn's teammates did more than contribute with simply their bats. Although Quinn was nearly unhittable all afternoon, the "no-no" almost never was. That is because the Terps leadoff batter of Game Two, Amy Sandler hit a hard grounder into the hole between third base and shortstop. Luckily for Quinn, SS Lori Reese rounded the ball perfectly and threw a perfect strike to 1B Christy Chiappe to nab Sandler. It was a classic "bang-bang" play and although no one realized it at the time, it preserved UVa's first winning no-hitter since Cory Bolkan turned the trick last year in a 27-1 win over Coppin St. (March 30).

Wahoo Knew?
The Cavs pitching staff owns a 2.7 : 1 strikeout to walk ratio ... UVa has committed just 11 errors in their last 14 games (UVa is 8-6 during that stretch) ... Reese had the 50th hit of her Virginia career in the Game Two win over Maryland ... Stacey Holmes rapped out the 40th hit of her UVa career in the first game ... Amy Peay has reached first base via hit, walk, or hit-by-pitch nine times in the past five games. Not surprisingly, Virginia is 5-0 in that span ... Virginia has scored just three times in the first inning this season. The Cavs are 3-0 in those games ... UVa's current five-game winning streak is their longest since they won seven in a row in March of 1995 ... Before GT scored twice in the fourth inning of Friday's second game, UVa did not allow a run for 25 innings ... Virginia is the #2 seed for the ACC Tournament (FSU is #1) ... The final game of the GT series was cancelled due to rain ... Beth Crimi connected for the Cavaliers second home run of the season, Friday against the Yellow Jackets ... Zagol was recognized as a Pitcher of the Week by the ACC office. She shared the award with FSU's Kristy Fuentes.