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Softball: Seminoles sweep Cavaliers

Strong performances from Mitchell go for naught against potent FSU

The Virginia softball team battled conference foe Florida State this weekend in Tallahassee, dropping all three contests by scores of 3-2, 10-2, and 2-0.

In the first half of the Sunday doubleheader, the Cavaliers (18-22, 3-12 ACC) fell by one run in eight innings. Both teams were held scoreless until a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth gave the Seminoles (34-14, 13-2 ACC) a 1-0 lead. The teams traded runs in the next few innings, and a Virginia fielding error allowed Florida State to bring in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth. Senior pitcher Melanie Mitchell struck out 10 while giving up two earned runs on 10 hits in a complete game effort.

The second game saw the Seminoles roll to a 10-2 win in five innings thanks to hard and fast hitting. Florida State built a five-run lead before Virginia even got on the scoreboard in the fifth, and five more Seminole runs in the bottom of that frame guaranteed an early end to the afternoon bout. Freshman Aimee Chapdelaine allowed eight earned runs on 11 hits in 4.2 innings.

In a nationally televised game Monday night, Virginia failed to register a run in the series finale. Mitchell had a strong showing, only giving up two runs on four hits with six strikeouts, but Seminole sophomore pitcher Lacey Waldrop bested her by tossing a two-hit shutout. Freshman outfielder Shannon McGinley and junior catcher Marcy Bowdren tallied Virginia’s only hits in the third and fourth innings, respectively.

The team returns to action next weekend with a three-game series at home against NC State.

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