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Softball team goes three for four

The Virginia softball team continued to shine this past weekend, taking three of four games at the Gamecock Invitational in Columbia, S.C.

The Cavaliers (9-5) first split their Friday games with Troy and Eastern Illinois. In the first game, freshman Giannina Cipolloni hit her second home run of the season to give Virginia the early lead, and senior Sarah Tacke followed with a three-run homer in the fourth to propel the Cavaliers to a 7-1 victory. Senior pitcher Karla Wilburn picked up the win while tossing a complete game.

The second matchup of Friday’s doubleheader was not nearly as positive as the first for the Cavaliers; the squad failed to score until the fourth inning and lost 11-3. Freshman Stephanie Coates was the losing pitcher for Virginia, giving up four runs in 2/3 of an inning. Wilburn and junior Nicole Koren also saw time on the mound.

The Cavaliers managed a comeback Saturday, though, against North Florida in a tight 1-0 victory. The lone run came in the fifth inning on a RBI double by Koren, knocking in freshman Clara Kendall from first. Wilburn pitched another complete game, giving up two hits and striking out six in the effort.

Virginia wrapped up the weekend with a 12-4 victory against Sacred Heart. Koren went 4-4 in the game, including her fifth home run this season. Wilburn again notched the win, improving her record to 8-1 this season.

Virginia will host George Washington in its home opener Saturday.

—compiled by William Hrachovina


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