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​Virginia softball goes 2-3 during opening weekend

<p>Junior McKall Miller makes contact at the plate. After sweeping its double-header Thursday, Virginia dropped its next three games to finish 2-3 in its opening weekend.</p>

Junior McKall Miller makes contact at the plate. After sweeping its double-header Thursday, Virginia dropped its next three games to finish 2-3 in its opening weekend.

The Virginia softball team had a busy weekend, traveling to Tempe, Ariz. to face off against Utah State, Boise State, Northwestern, East Carolina and San Jose State.

The Cavaliers (2-3, 0-0 ACC) started off strong as they swept their doubleheader Thursday, defeating Utah State (2-4, 0-0 MWC), 9-0, and Boise State (0-5, 0-0 MWC), 12-4.

Virginia’s offense had no trouble scoring, hitting six home runs through both games. Freshman pitcher Erika Osherow stepped up, pitching a complete game shutout against Utah State and serving relief duties against Boise State.

However, the Cavaliers fell against Northwestern (3-2, 0-0 BTC), 22-4, East Carolina (3-2, 0-0 AAC), 9-1 and San Jose State (1-5, 0-0 MWC), 10-1.

The Northwestern contest was within reach until the fifth inning, when the Wildcats broke through with a 14-run inning to put the game out of reach.

Against the Pirates, the Cavaliers did not start the way they would have liked, falling behind 7-1. Virginia would have a chance to cut the lead as it loaded the bases in the fifth inning, but it failed to capitalize.

In Saturday’s game against San Jose State, the Cavaliers fell victim to a fast start by the Spartans, who jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back.

The Cavaliers will look to bounce back this weekend as they head to San Antonio, Texas, for a UTSA Tournament.

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