Virginia Splits Pair of Games on Opening Day

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Taylor Sarcone

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Taylor Sarcone
VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM

Feb. 7, 2014

Final Stats

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SPARTANBURG, S.C.—The Virginia softball team opened the 2014 campaign Friday (Feb. 7), splitting a pair of games on the first day of the Upstate Classic. The Cavaliers (1-1) defeated North Carolina Central, 8-1, after dropping the first game of the season, 3-1, to Eastern Michigan.

The Cavaliers picked up their first win under first-year Head Coach Blake Miller after using a six-run sixth inning to break open the lead against the Eagles. Leading 2-1 going into the sixth, senior Marcy Bowdren (Fairfax Station, Va.) hit a solo home run and freshman Madison Labshere (El Cajon, Calif.) launched a two-run shot to extend the lead to 5-1. Fellow freshman Lindsay Mayer (Lincoln, R.I) added an RBI single and sophomore Taylor Sarcone (Staten Island, N.Y.) singled home two more runs to give UVa an 8-1 advantage.

Sophomore pitcher Aimee Chapdelaine (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) earned her first win of the season, allowing one unearned run in five innings of work with two strikeouts. 


 

 

London Booker (0-1) took the loss for NCCU, allowing eight runs (two earned) in six innings.

In the first game of the day, Eastern Michigan defeated the Cavaliers, 3-1. UVa scored in the first inning when freshman Katie Park (Scottsdale, Ariz.) was hit by a pitch with the based loaded, scoring senior Stephanie Harris (Knoxville, Tenn.).

EMU scored three in the second against Chapdelaine (1-1), but the Cavaliers didn’t allow a run in 5.2 innings of relief between Mayer and Bowdren.

Lindsay Rich pitched a complete game for Eastern Michigan, allowing the one run in seven innings with six strikeouts.

Freshman Iyana Hughes (Manteca, Calif.) had two hits in the first game, while Park and junior Megan Harris (Knoxville, Tenn.) each had two hits against NCCU.

The Cavaliers return to action Saturday (Feb. 8) when they play USC Upstate at 2:30 p.m.