Feb. 25, 2006
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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- Virginia hit a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat the UAB softball team, 4-3, Saturday morning in the Panera Bread Challenge. The Blazers fall to 4-2 on the year, while the Cavaliers improve to 3-2. The tournament will continue throughout the day. UAB is scheduled to face Bowling Green at 4:45 p.m. at Hargraves Field.
Sophomore Amanda Antonovich started in the circle for the Blazers. The Cavaliers jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the second inning. Catcher Michelle Salmiery started the rally with a single to left field. Erin Horn followed with a single up the middle to put runners at first and second with one out. Antonovich hit Lindsey Preuss in the back to load the bases for Whitney Holstun. Holstun hit into a fielder's choice to the shortstop that forced out Horn at third base and scored Salmiery.
The Cavaliers then pinch hit Lara Rodriguez in the nine spot for starter Jackie Greer. Rodriguez hit a single to left field scoring both Preuss and Holstun. In the inning, Virginia plated three runs on three hits.
The Blazers responded with three runs in the top of the fourth inning to tie the game. Sophomore Holly Krzan hit a double down the left field line to lead off the fourth. Freshman Andrea Rogers then walked for Nicole Whitlock. Whitlock, who entered the game hitting .412, followed with a double to right field to score Krzan. Antonovich helped herself with a two RBI double to plate Rogers and Whitlock.
Virginia threatened again in the bottom of the fourth inning with bases loaded and no outs. Holstun hit into a fielder's choice that forced out the runner at the plate for the first out. UAB then went to the bullpen and replaced Antonovich with freshman Kayla Harris
Harris entered with game in a tough situation with bases loaded and only one out. She accepted the challenge forcing pitch hitter Elea Crockett to pop out to Krzan at the shortstop position and getting Meghan O'Leary to ground out to first to end the inning.
The Cavaliers tried to force across a run in the bottom of the sixth after Horn led off with a triple to right-center field. Harris remained calm and collected getting the two infield pop ups and a strike out to strand the runner at third.
In the seventh inning, UAB was one out from advancing to extra innings before Brooke Sorber hit a walk-off solo home run over the left field fence. The game-winning homer broke a 3-3 tie and gave the Cavaliers a 4-3 victory.
Offensively, Whitlock led the way going 2-for-2 with a run and an RBI. Antonovich was 1-for-3 with two RBI. She also pitched 3.1 innings allowing 5 hits and three runs.
Harris takes the loss for the Blazers and falls to 1-2 on the season. She pitched 3.1 innings allowing two hits and a run.
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