April 24, 2013
LYNCHBURG, Va.--The Virginia softball team used the big inning and the long ball to earn a sweep of Liberty, 7-3 and 7-6, Wednesday afternoon (April 24) at Liberty Softball Field in Lynchburg, Va. With the wins, the Cavaliers improved to 20-25 on the season, while the Flames fell to 19-30.
Senior Taylor Williams (Woodbridge, Va.) became the seventh UVa player to record 50 career-stolen bases. With three today, she now has 52. She also made two diving catches in the first game to prevent Liberty runs.
In the top of the first game, Williams and junior Marcy Bowdren (Fairfax Station, Va.) led off with singles. Williams came home on a groundout by junior Karli Johnson (Lovettsville, Va.), while Bowdren scored on a passed ball.
After senior Kristen Hawkins (Elizabeth, Pa.) hit a single to center and classmate Alex Skinkis (La Palma, Calif.) reached on an error, junior Peyton Larus hit a two-run double off the wall in left center to push the lead to 4-0.
The Cavaliers added another run in the fourth when freshman Shannon McGinley (Prairie Valley, Kan.) singled through the left side to score Larus.
In the fifth, sophomore Megan Harris (Knoxville, Tenn.) launched her fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot to right center that scored Johnson, to extend UVa's lead to 7-2.
Liberty's Sammi Shivock hit a home run in the fourth inning, her seventh of the season.
Senior pitcher Melanie Mitchell (White Plains, Md.) earned the complete game win, allowing three runs on six hits with 11 strikeouts.
LU's Chandler Ball (8-13) gave up seven runs (five earned) with five strikeouts in seven innings for the loss.
In the second game, the Cavaliers again used the long ball and the big inning to build a 5-1 lead and held on for a 7-6 victory.
Bowdren and senior Lauren Didlake (Bowling Green, Va.) each hit long solo home runs in the first and fourth innings, respectively.
The Cavaliers scored four in the third frame that included a three-run double by Skinkis.
Kelby Allen kept Liberty close with a three-run home run in the bottom of the third.
UVa added an insurance run in the sixth when Williams' single scored Didlake and push the Cavalier lead to 7-5. Kassidy McCoy hit a solo home run for Liberty in the bottom of the frame to cut the lead to one, but Mitchell threw three strikeouts in the seventh to close out the game.
Freshman pitcher Aimee Chapdelaine (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) allowed five runs in three innings of work. Mitchell (15-15) came on with a runner on in the fourth and pitched four innings, allowing one run with six strikeouts.
LU starter Annah Jo Brittingham (8-10) lasted 3.1 innings, giving up six runs with three strikeouts. Chandler Ball allowed one run in 3.2 innings of relief.
Up next, the Cavaliers close out the regular season with a three-game series against in state rival Virginia Tech April 28-29. Sunday's doubleheader is scheduled for a noon start, while Monday's single game is slated for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPNU.
Moses Seizes Chance to Broaden HorizonsWomen's Basketball7/29/16Virginia's top returning post player, junior forward Lauren Moses, has had an eventful summer that included four weeks in Spain.Cavalier Football NotebookFootball7/27/16The start of training camp is approaching for UVA's football team, which opens the season Sept. 3 against Richmond at Scott Stadium.Culture Change Under Way for UVA FootballFootball7/21/16Head coach Bronco Mendenhall, center Jackson Matteo and linebacker Micah Kiser represented Virginia at the ACC Football Kickoff on Thursday.
Director of News Content
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.
Davis, Osherow Named To All-ACC Academic Team
Softball | 6/23/2016
Outfielder Allison Davis and pitcher Erika Osherow were recognized for academic achievement and...
Davis, Ingraham Earn VaSID Honors
Softball | 6/23/2016
Rising juniors Allison Davis and Danni Ingraham earned VaSID second team honors the organization ...
Jeff White: Hardin Eager To Take On New Challenge
Softball | 6/13/2016
Virginia's new softball coach, Joanna Hardin, went 79-34, with one NCAA tourney appearance, in...
Virginia Names Joanna Hardin Head Softball Coach
Softball | 6/10/2016
Virginia athletics director Craig Littlepage announced Friday (June 10) that Joanna Hardin, the...
Blake Miller Resigns As Virginia Softball Coach
Softball | 5/19/2016
University of Virginia director of athletics Craig Littlepage announced today that head softball ...
Allison Davis Named All-ACC Second Team
Softball | 5/12/2016
Sophomore outfielder Allison Davis earned All-ACC Second-Team honors when the league announced...
Virginia Falls In Saturday Doubleheader At Virginia Tech
Softball | 04/30/2016
Home runs proved to be the offense of the day as Virginia fell in both games of a doubleheader at...
Virginia Drops Series Opener At Virginia Tech 2-1
Softball | 04/29/2016
An unearned run proved to be the difference Friday night as Virginia fell to Virginia Tech 2-1 in...
- Online Stores