May 14, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Virginia softball team lost to 17th-ranked Georgia Tech 3-0 Saturday (May 14) in the winner's bracket of the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship, which is being held at the Terrapin Softball Complex. With the loss, UVa falls to the lower bracket and will play the winner of the 3:15 p.m. game between Virginia Tech - Maryland game at 7:00 p.m. Saturday evening. The winner of the 7:00 p.m. game advances to Sunday's championship game against Georgia Tech. The Cavaliers are now 2-1 in the ACC Tournament and stand at 31-31 on the season. The Yellow Jackets improve to 48-12 on the year.
Georgia Tech took a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning. Amy Hosier led off the inning with a double off the wall in right center. She advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a close play at the plate on Katie Donovan's fielder's choice grounder to second base. Donovan moved to second on another groundout and scored on Kirin Kumar's single up the middle.
The Yellow Jackets increased their lead to 3-0 on Donovan's RBI double in the fourth inning. Donovan's double scored pinch runner Kristina Hull from first base. Savannah Brown hit a one-out single before being replaced by Hull.
The Cavaliers had several excellent scoring opportunities, but could never capitalize as they left 10 runners on base in the game. UVa left the bases loaded in the first and third innings and two runners on in the fourth. In the third inning, second-year second baseman Elea Crockett (Tucson, Ariz./University) led off with a walk and moved to second on third-year third baseman Sara Larquier's (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs) single to center field. Fourth-year catcher Jenn Wynn (Herndon, Va./Herndon) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Georgia Tech's Jessica Sallinger induced a foul pop up and consecutive strikeouts to get out of the jam.
Second-year Coty Tolar (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter) fell to 13-15 on the season after taking the loss in the circle. In 3-1 innings, Tolar allowed three runs on six hits. Third-year Erin Horn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) pitched the final 3.2 innings and limited the Yellow Jackets to one hit. She also walked four batters and struck out two.
Sallinger improved to 26-7 with the victory. In five innings, she gave up three hits while striking out nine and walking five. Sarah Wood pitched the final two innings to earn her second save of the season. She retired all six batters she faced.
Crockett tied the school record with her 24th stolen base of the season. Crockett tied Kelly McCabe's 2000 school record with her stolen base in the first inning. Crockett also extended her hitting streak to 10 games with a single to right field in the fourth inning.
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