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​Softball goes 2-9 over 11-game stretch

<p>Sophomore infielder Lauren Heintzelman’s three-run homer helped lead Virginia to a 4-3&nbsp;win against George Washington.</p>

Sophomore infielder Lauren Heintzelman’s three-run homer helped lead Virginia to a 4-3 win against George Washington.

The Virginia softball team had a rough start to the month of March, going 2-9 over an 11-game stretch.

The Cavaliers (8-18, 0-3 ACC) started off the month against UNC-Wilmington and Radford, dropping both games against UNCW (14-9, 0-0 CAA), 2-1 and 8-7, respectively. The 8-7 defeat came on a walk-off base hit in the 12th inning.

Virginia split its two-game series with Radford (12-6, 0-0 BSC), dropping the first game 6-3, but winning a close fought contest their second time around, 3-2. In the second game, the Cavaliers were aided by a strong, complete game effort from freshman pitcher Erika Osherow.

Virginia dropped both of their games against Towson (16-4, 0-0 CAA), 10-2 and 6-3, respectively, but bounced back quickly with a 4-3 victory against George Washington. Virginia’s offense, led by sophomore infielder Lauren Heintzelman’s three-run homer, helped put the Colonials (9-8, 0-0 A-10) away.

In the second game against George Washington, two key errors proved costly for Virginia as the Cavaliers lost 5-2.

Virginia came home to Charlottesville for the first time all spring to take on ACC rival Notre Dame this past weekend. The No. 20 Fighting Irish (21-3, 3-0 ACC), however, proved to be too much for the Cavaliers as they swept the weekend series, winning 9-2, 7-3 and 16-3, respectively.

Virginia will look to bounce back this weekend, as the team takes on Louisville for a three game series in Charlottesville.