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Softball squad bests Rhode Island, drops UNC-Greensboro matchup

The Virginia softball team competed in the Winthrop University Combat Invitational this weekend, defeating Rhode Island and Winthrop Friday before falling against UNC-Greensboro Sunday. Two games scheduled for Saturday were canceled due to snow.

In the first of Friday’s two games, the Cavaliers (8-8) ousted Rhode Island (0-6) 4-2. Freshman pitcher Aimee Chapdelaine gave up two runs while striking out three in six innings of work, while senior pitcher Melanie Mitchell struck out the side in one inning of relief to earn her first save of the year. The team hit three home runs, with senior shortstop Alex Skinkis belting one in the fifth and junior infielder Marcy Bowdren and sophomore third baseman Megan Harris going back-to-back in the sixth.

Virginia shut out the host Eagles (6-8) in the second game of the day, 5-0, behind a 13-strikeout, one-hit complete game effort from Mitchell. Bowdren tallied her second home run of the day in the fourth inning, while a two-run home run by junior infielder Karli Johnson and a two-RBI double from senior catcher Kristen Hawkins rounded out the scoring.

The Cavaliers’ Sunday game was relocated to the campus of UNC-Greensboro (15-2), where the team lost 2-1 to cap the weekend. Freshman designated hitter Shannon McGinley brought in the team’s only run with a single in the fourth inning. Mitchell struck out 10 and gave up three hits in the 99th complete game of her career.

The team plays its home opener Wednesday afternoon against Seton Hall and starts its ACC schedule Saturday with a three-game series against Georgia Tech.

—compiled by Peter Nance

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