The Cavalier Daily
Serving the University Community Since 1890

Softball hosts Fordham following rough week

Team still searching for offense halfway through season

The Virginia softball team will welcome Fordham to The Park for a doubleheader Thursday. The games come following a Wednesday cancellation of the series against ACC rival Maryland because of adverse field conditions.

Last week was unkind to the Cavaliers (3-21, 1-10 ACC), who dropped both games against Georgia Tech and were swept by Syracuse in a three-game series. The opposition outscored Virginia 48-8 across the five games.

Junior outfielder Heidi Velk was one of the few highlights in the Cavaliers’ lineup, going 7-for-15, with two home runs and three runs batted in during the week. Velk’s speed allows her to be a sparkplug for the slumping offense. Her eight steals lead the team.

The Rams (12-14) will pose a stiff challenge Thursday. Their sub-.500 record may not accurately reflect the talent on their roster, with Fordham dropping a tight game to then-No. 6 Oregon at the Mary Nutter Classic 3-2.

Virginia sophomore pitcher Aimee Chapdelaine will have her hands full with the Rams’ balanced lineup. Freshman infielder Amy Van Hoven leads the way with a .294 batting average, and five of her teammates are hitting .265 or better. Senior infielder Elise Fortier supplies the pop to the lineup — pacing the Fordham hitters in home runs, runs batted in and slugging percentage.

The Cavaliers will also have to battle against a deep and talented pitching staff, with three pitchers who have made starts this season. Junior Michele Daubman has been the go-to option inside the circle, with a 7-7 record in 14 starts this season and a respectable 3.29 ERA. Freshman Lauren Quense’s meager 2.02 ERA — earning her four wins so far — leads the Fordham staff.

The opening pitch of the first game is set for 4 p.m., while game two is slated for 6 p.m.

—compiled by Matthew Wurzburger