March 2, 2003
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - The University of Virginia softball team fell to Michigan State 11-0 in five innings in the championship game of the Cougar Classic Sunday (March 2) at Patriot Point. With the loss, the Cavaliers fall to 6-6 on the season. It marked the first time in the 2003 season UVa has been shut out.
Virginia lost to the Spartans 3-2 in 10 innings in the first day of the tournament on Friday.
Third-year shortstop Heather Field (Lincoln, Calif./Lincoln) had two of UVa's three hits in the game, including a double, while second-year catcher Jenn Wynn (Herndon, Va./Herndon) registered the team's third hit. Michigan State tallied 15 hits in the contest.
First-year pitcher Christina Grimm (Los Osos, Calif./Morro Bay) took the loss as she falls to 1-2 on the season. Grimm gave up six runs (only two earned) on five hits in 2.1 innings of work. Third-year Joanna Barstad (Canby, Ore./Canby) pitched the final 2.2 innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on 10 hits.
The Spartans scored a pair of runs in the first inning and broke the game open with five runs in the top of the third. Sandy Lewis led Michigan State with four hits and also scored four runs. Jessica Beech earned the victory in the circle. She struck out six batters while walking one and allowing only three hits in a five-inning complete-game effort.
The Cavaliers continue their spring break road trip with a doubleheader at Coastal Carolina on Monday (March 3). The first game is slated to begin at 2:00 p.m.
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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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