March 21, 2003
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -
The University of Virginia softball team opened the 2003 Hoo's Who Tournament with a 10-1 five-inning victory over Robert Morris University, but fell to Tulsa 4-0 to fall to 1-1 in the three-day tournament. The Cavaliers now stand at 17-15 on the season. In other tournament action, Penn State defeated Tulsa 8-0 in six innings and Robert Morris beat James Madison 2-1.
In their first game Friday, the Cavaliers defeated Robert Morris (3-12) 10-1 in five innings. UVa pounded out 13 hits in the game with fourth-year third baseman Ruby Rojas (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) leading the charge with four hits, including a pair of doubles. Rojas' four hits tied the school record for hits in a game. Third-year shortstop Heather Field (Lincoln, Calif./Lincoln) was 3-4 with a double, a triple, three runs and a RBI. Third-year first baseman Hannah Owings (Issaquah, Wash./Liberty) had two hits and two RBI, while first-year catcher Sara Larquier (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs) drove in two runs with a double. First-year pitcher Christina Grimm (Los Osos, Calif./Morro Bay) picked up the victory in the circle to improve to 5-3 on the season. Grimm allowed just one unearned run on five hits and struck out two batters. Grimm also helped her own cause with two hits and a RBI.
Against Tulsa (18-12), the Cavaliers got three hits in the first inning, but were unable to get on the scoreboard. The Golden Hurricane scored all four of its runs in the top of the fourth inning with three scoring on Katie Torres' home run to center field. Tulsa's Ami Day (7-5) earned the shutout victory and retired the final 18 batters she faced after allowing three hits in the first inning. She struck out six batters and did not issue a walk. First-year Erin Horn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) took the loss in the circle for the Cavaliers and fell to 7-7 on the season. Horn retired the first 10 batters she faced before giving up four runs on four hits in the fourth inning. Horn pitched 4.1 innings and gave up four runs on six hits. She struck out three batters and walked one. Grimm held Tulsa hitless for the final 2.2 innings and struck out one batter while walking one.
In the first game of the tournament, Penn State (13-10) defeated Tulsa 8-0 in six innings. Penn State's Marisa Hansen tossed a four-hit shutout in the Nittany Lions' win over Tulsa. Hansen (7-4) struck out eight batters and did not issue a walk in the game. Destinie Chavez was 3-3 with two RBI for the Nittany Lions, while Megan Humphrey hit a solo home run and scored three times. Maren Genow (9-3) took the loss for Tulsa. She gave up four runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings of work.
In the second game of the tournament between Robert Morris and James Madison (10-14), the Colonials' Brandi Papiernik tossed a no-hitter in a 2-1 victory. Papiernik (1-5) gave up an unearned run in the second inning. She struck out three batters and walked two. The game was tied at 1-1 as it entered the seventh inning, but the Robert Morris broke the tie with back-to-back sun-aided doubles to center field. Tiffanie Jackson and Brandi Doerschner both hit fly balls that were lost in the sun by the Dukes' center fielder. James Madison's Briana Carrera (2-2) was the tough-luck loser as she gave up two runs on six hits.
The Hoo's Who Tournament continues Saturday (March 22) with five games taking place on two fields beginning at 10:00 a.m. UVa will play James Madison at noon and Penn State at 2:00 p.m.