It was a busy weekend for Cavaliers as the Virginia softball team competed in the final three games of the Kajikawa Classic at Farrington Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.
In Friday’s game against the University of Texas at El Paso, Virginia (1-3) capitalized upon two big innings as they routed the Miners 14-5 in five innings. The Cavaliers relied heavily on the long ball, as junior outfielder Aimee Chapdelaine spearheaded a six-run second inning with a grand slam off of UTEP pitcher Kaitlin Fifield. Sophomore first baseman Madison Labshere followed with a three-run shot to help Virginia put five on the board in the third inning. Fifield lasted just 2.1 innings for the Miners as nine Cavaliers crossed the plate to help Virginia pick up its first victory of the season.
Virginia resumed action Saturday in their final two games of the Classic. In the first game of its doubleheader, Virginia clashed against Utah Valley. The Wolverines struck first with two runs off of freshman pitcher Alex Formby in the second inning before adding two more in the fourth off of freshman pitcher Allison Davis.
Despite trailing 4-1 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, the Cavaliers rallied with a pair of runs of their own thanks to two bases-loaded walks by Utah Valley pitcher Kelsey Lawton.The Wolverines immediately answered with a solo shot by Hailey Kofler, and Virginia — despite leading off the bottom of the seventh with consecutive doubles by Davis and sophomore infielder McKall Miller — failed to complete the comeback as the Miners survived 5-4.
The Cavaliers attempted to bounce back against Wisconsin, but were shut out 5-0. Virginia managed four hits, but was unable to score a run against pitcher Annie Davis, who tallied five strikeouts in a complete game shutout. The Badgers, meanwhile, plated five off of freshman pitcher Andie Formby, who also went the distance with a complete game of her own. The Cavaliers finished their series of games in the Kajikawa Classic 1-4.
The Cavaliers look to rebound as they compete in the NC Central Tournament this weekend. Virginia will start the series of five games this Friday at 3:00 p.m. as they take the field against Nebraska-Omaha.