RU came out swinging to open the second game. Five hits resulted in four earned runs in their first time up, as the Scarlet Knights got on the board right away. Brittney Neer (Tallahassee, FL) was the first to get on base, with a single. Meaghan Asselta (Ramsey, NJ), Jenny Card (Miami, FL) and Nikki Childress (Roanoke, VA) followed with singles of their own, each scoring. Childress had an RBI and designated player Melissa Bradford (Pennsville, NJ) had two RBI off a double.
UVA earned a run off a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first to make the score 4-1. But Childress, back in her home state, made her visit known with a homerun in the third inning to increase the score. Nicole Casey (Churchville, PA), pinch running for Johannsen, scored a throwing error after Neer’s single in the sixth inning.
Andria Koehler (Sellersville, PA) pitched all seven innings allowing only five hits, one earned run and one walk. She struck out five.
Asselta led off with the first hit of the first game, sending the ball straight down the left line for a triple, her second of the season.
Brielle Cosentino (Carlstadt, NJ) started the game, pitching 4.1 innings, with four earned runs, four walks, one strikeout and seven hits allowed. Christina Gillman (Valencia, CA) relieved Cosentino in the fifth inning, allowing one hit, one run, one walk and getting one strikeout.
Childress, after walking, scored the first run of the game in the second inning off of a base hit by Stephanie Johannsen (Penn Valley, CA). Crystal Vargas (Jersey City, NJ) increased the score to 2-0 after getting home on a hit by Nichole Cruz (Bremerton, WA).
Virginia’s Christina Grimm hit a home run to left field in the bottom of the second to get the Cavaliers on the scoreboard.
Megan Antonucci (Warrington, PA) had a strong defensive effort at first base, finishing the third inning with a double play when she caught a line drive and then forced the runner at first out.
Virginia earned two more runs and the lead in the fifth inning off a double to left center by Sara Larquier. One more run that inning and one in the sixth sealed the win for the Cavaliers.
The Scarlet Knights had the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning but no one could connect to even the score. Neer had the only stolen base for the Scarlet Knights and RU finished the game with 10 runners left on base.
The Scarlet Knights will have their first home game of the season Saturday, March 22 in a doubleheader against Fairleigh Dickinson University starting at 12 p.m.