April 10, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.—The Virginia softball team swept Delaware State, 9-1 and 10-1, Wednesday afternoon (April 10) at The Park in Charlottesville, Va. With the wins, the Cavaliers improved to 18-19 on the season, while the Hornets fell to 12-23.
In the first game, the Cavaliers broke open the contest in the second inning with a five-run rally with two outs. Junior Peyton Larus (Midlothian, Va.) walked with the bases loaded to score senior Alex Skinkis (La Palma, Calif.), followed by a single by senior Taylor Williams (Woodbridge, Va.) that scored sophomore Heidi Velk (Murietta, Calif.).
The Cavaliers added two runs in the fifth to finish off the game with Harris and Skinkis earning RBIs.
Senior Melanie Mitchell (White Plains, Md.) earned eight strikeouts with three hits and one run in five innings of work to pick up the win (13-11). Mitchell passed 200 strikeouts for the season (202) and has become the first UVa pitcher to record four seasons with 200 or more strikeouts.
Delaware State’s Rachel Meagley allowed nine runs (seven earned) in 4.1 innings of work in the loss (2-10).
In the second game, the Cavaliers sent 13 batters to the plate in the third inning on the way to a 10-1 win in five innings.
Williams, Harris and Velk each had two hits, while Williams and Bowdren each scored two runs. Harris recorded two RBI in both games.
In the third inning, the Cavaliers drew four bases loaded walks and scored seven runs on only four hits.
Chapdelaine improved to 5-7 on the season, allowing five hits and one run in five innings of work.
The Hornets’ Jennifer Fischbach allowed 10 runs in four innings in the loss to fall to 4-7 on the season.
Up next, the Cavaliers travel to Tallahassee, Fla., April 14-15 for a three-game series at Florida State. Sunday’s doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m., while Monday night’s 7 p.m. contest will be broadcast live on ESPNU.
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