May 14, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The University of Virginia softball team opened
play in the 1999 Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Championships at Lady
Seminole Field. The tournament is being hosted by Florida State
University. UVa, seeded #4, squared off against the fifth seeded Georgia
Tech Yellow Jackets in the first contest of the afternoon. Virginia
claimed a 4-0 win to improve to 1-0 in the double elimination tournament.
After three scoreless innings of play, the Cavaliers jumped on the
scoreboard first in the bottom of the fourth inning. Lori Reese (1-2, two
runs) started the inning off for Virginia with a single. Kristen Dennis
(2-3, run) followed Reese’s lead with a single of her own which advanced
Reese to third base. One batter later, Karen Breshears (3-3, two RBI,
double) hit an RBI single that scored Reese to give UVa a 1-0 lead. Jen
Krill (1-3, RBI, run) stepped to the plate and recorded the fourth
consecutive hit for the ‘Hoos by driving in Dennis on an RBI single to make
it a 2-0 lead. Meaghan Young (3-3, RBI) pushed Virginia out to a 3-0
advantage when she hit a bases loaded RBI single to score Krill.
In the fifth inning, Reese started the Cavaliers off by reaching
first base on an error by Georgia Tech’s shortstop Ellen Styer. She then
stole second base before advancing to third base on a Dennis single. One
batter later, Breshears collected her third consecutive hit of the game
with a beautifully executed bunt which scored Reese to give UVa a 4-0 lead.
The four runs posted by the Cavalier offense would be more than
enough for UVa to collect the victory, as Stacey Zagol threw a complete
game shutout en route to her 11th win of the season. Zagol surrendered
only four hits while posting six strikeouts in the game. Georgia Tech’s
Jamie Smith was the losing pitcher.
The win improves Virginia’s record to 33-24 overall. The loss
drops Georgia Tech’s record to 21-37 on the season. UVa will now advance
to play the Maryland Terrapins, who enter the tournament as the number one
seed. The contest is scheduled to be played at 7:00 p.m. at Lady Seminole
Field. Georgia Tech will play the loser of the North Carolina vs. Florida
State game which begins at 5:00 p.m.