Fourth-year Hannah Owings had three hits, including a home run and a double, in UVa's 5-0 win over Liberty
Feb. 13, 2004
RALEIGH, N.C. - The University of Virginia softball team opened its 2004 season with a 5-0 shutout win over Liberty, but dropped a 6-2 decision to East Carolina Friday (February 13) at the Triangle Classic at Walnut Creek Park. The Cavaliers begin bracket play Saturday (February 14) with its opponent to be determined.
In the 5-0 win over Liberty, fourth-year pitcher Joanna Barstad (Canby, Ore./Canby) tossed a six-hit shutout with two strikeouts while walking only one in earning the victory.
Fourth-year first baseman Hannah Owings (Issaquah, Wash./Liberty) led the Cavaliers offensively with three hits, including a home run and a double, two RBI and two runs scored. Third-year left fielder Lauren Dennis (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon) was two for three and belted her first career home run.
Owings provided the Cavaliers with what proved to be the game-winning run with a home run in the second inning. Owings also scored UVa's run in the fourth inning. Dennis increased Virginia's advantage to 3-0 with a two-out solo home run in the sixth inning. Third-year catcher Jenn Wynn (Herndon, Va./Herndon) and Owings provided the Cavaliers with two more insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning with back-to-back run-scoring doubles.
The game against East Carolina was scoreless through five innings, but the Pirates exploded for all six of their runs in the top of the sixth inning. UVa scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to make the final score 6-2.
Second-year Erin Horn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) took the loss in the circle for Virginia. In 5.1 innings, she gave up four runs on five hits while striking out six and walking five. First-year Coty Tolar (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter) pitched the final 1.2 innings and gave up two runs on two hits with two walks.
East Carolina's Brentley Bridgeforth limited UVa to four hits in earning the victory.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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