In the first game of its doubleheader against visiting Towson, Virginia captured a thrilling 5-4 victory.
The Tigers (9-11) got on the scoreboard first, but the Cavaliers (11-17) took a 4-1 lead in the third inning, with RBIs coming from junior outfielder Allison Davis and senior infielder Kaitlin Fitzgerald. After four solid innings of pitching from sophomore pitcher Lacy Smith, the Cavaliers brought in sophomore pitcher Erica Osherow to take over the mound.
“The pitchers worked well as a staff and kept us in both games,” coach Joanna Hardin said. “We have been inconsistent in the circle the last couple weeks, so I was really proud to see them execute our plan and fight through some adversity.
In the seventh inning, Towson tied up the game, sending it into extra innings. From there, it didn’t take long for Virginia to put an end to the game with Davis scoring the game-winning, walk-off run on a fielding error.
In the second matchup of the evening between the two teams, it was the Tigers who came away with the win.
Towson had the early 2-0 lead, but Osherow and Smith both drove in RBIs to even out the score in the bottom of the second.
After Towson recaptured the lead in the fourth inning, the Cavaliers came up with another response, as Smith hit her third home run of the season to cut the Tigers’ lead to one.
Smith tallied another RBI in the bottom of the sixth inning, keeping the Towson lead within reach. However, in the top of the seventh, Towson drove in a pair of runs, making the score 7-4 going into the bottom of the frame. The Cavaliers were unable to come back from there, losing the second game.
“I thought the team came out with good energy in game one and really stuck together through some tough innings and at bats.” Hardin said. “The second game our energy was inconsistent, and I think that directly impacted how we competed.
Virginia remains in Charlottesville this weekend for a three-game series against conference opponents — and leaders in the ACC standings — No. 6 Florida State.