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Virginia Softball Team Wins Winthrop Invitational

March 18, 2001

ROCK HILL, S.C. - The University of Virginia softball team won the gold flight of the Winthrop Invitational Sunday (March 18) with a 6-1 victory over Illinois. The Cavaliers advanced to the championship game with a 10-5 victory over East Carolina in the semifinals. With the two wins, Virginia improves to 22-8 on the season.

The Cavaliers advanced to gold flight single elimination play by posting a perfect 3-0 record in pool play. Virginia opened play in Pool B with a 10-2 victory over Robert Morris College on Friday, March 16. The Cavaliers then posted identical 2-0 wins over Towson and UNC-Greensboro on Saturday (March 17) to win the pool and advance to gold flight single elimination play. In the semifinals of the gold flight on Sunday, UVa defeated East Carolina 10-5 and won the tournament title with a 6-1 victory over Illinois.

Virginia has won 18 of its last 20 games. The Cavaliers have won three of the six tournaments they participated in this year and earned runners-up honors in two tournaments. In addition to winning the Winthrop Invitational, UVa also won its own Cavalier Classic March 2-3 and the Charlotte 49er Invitational held March 9-11. Virginia was the runner-up at the Coastal Carolina Softball Classic held March 12-14 and at the season-opening UNC-Triangle Classic (February 16-18).

The Cavaliers return to action March 23-25 when they host Liberty, Bowling Green and Penn State in the UVa Who's Hoo Tournament at The Park in Charlottesville. Virginia opens the tournament with a doubleheader against Liberty at 9:00 a.m. on Friday.

 

 

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