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Softball gets swept by Florida State

<p>Senior Katie Park picked up two hits and an RBI in Friday's 13-1 loss.&nbsp;</p>

Senior Katie Park picked up two hits and an RBI in Friday's 13-1 loss. 

Virginia hosted conference leader Florida State in a weekend series and was unable to put an end to Florida State’s undefeated record in ACC play.

The first game between the teams resulted in a 13-1 win for the Seminoles (32-1-1, 10-0 ACC).

Despite only collecting one run, the Cavaliers (11-20, 2-10 ACC) managed to get seven hits against Florida State’s senior pitcher, Jessica Burroughs — one of the best pitchers in the nation. Senior second-baseman Madison Labshere led Virginia’s offense with two-for-two hitting, recorded her fifth double of the season and scored the lone run for the Cavaliers. Senior catcher Katie Park also played a big role for the Cavaliers’ offense, getting two hits and tallying up her 13th RBI of the season.

Meanwhile, Florida State’s offense generated just a few bursts of runs. The Seminoles collected three runs in the second inning, six runs in the third and four runs in the fourth inning.

The next day, Florida State clinched the series and kept Virginia scoreless with an 8-0 win. Although sophomore pitcher Meghan King was able to keep the Cavaliers off the scoreboard with strong lefty pitching for five innings, the Cavaliers managed to get six runners in scoring position. Park led the way for Virginia’s hitting, going two-for-three on the day.

Most of the runs for the Seminoles came from a four-run inning in the third. Florida State finished the day with seven hits and eight walks.

With the series already decided, Florida State put together the sweep with a 10-0 win Sunday. Burroughs pitched for the Seminoles again, and was able to out-do her solid performance in the first game of the series by not giving up a single hit, allowing only two base-runners and recording 11 strikeouts.

Florida State jumped to a quick lead from a three-run homerun in the first inning, and collected three more runs in the second inning. After one more run in the fifth inning and three runs in the sixth inning, the game ended on the run rule.

Virginia now faces a series of games on the road, beginning with a doubleheader at Longwood Tuesday. The Cavaliers next home game will be April 12 against Liberty.


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