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Georgia Tech Softball Game at Virginia Halted in 4th Inning

April 2, 2005

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Rain would not stay away from Virginia on Saturday as No. 19 Georgia Tech (33-8, 5-1 ACC) and Virginia (13-18, 2-1 ACC) had its contest postponed in the bottom of the fourth inning, with two on and two outs, and the Yellow Jackets leading 1-0. The game will continue on Sunday at 11:30 a.m., with a second game to follow.

With one out in the top of the first inning, sophomore Caitlin Lever and junior Amy Hosier hit consecutive singles and moved up a base on an error by the UVa center fielder to put Jackets at second and third with one out. Lever then was thrown out at home plate trying to advance on a ground ball by senior Katie Donovan for the second out of the inning. Sophomore Sarah Wood then lined one up the middle that the Cavaliers’ Elea Crockett snagged on a diving grab to end the inning.

Freshman Savannah Brown led off the top of the second inning with a double to right-center field to give the Yellow Jackets a runner in scoring position for the second straight inning. Brown advanced to third base on a sacrifice bunt by junior Lauren Schlechte. UVa’s Coty Tolar (5-7) then picked up her first strikeout of the game for the second out, but senior Kirin Kumar reached base on a throwing error by the shortstop to plate sophomore Kristina Hull, who came in to run for Brown, as Tech took an early 1-0 lead.

After striking out six consecutive batters, senior Jessica Sallinger (17-6) allowed the first base runner of the game for the Cavaliers in the bottom of the third inning on a throwing error to first base by her, but retired the side on a fly out to center field to advance the game to the fourth inning.

UVa’s Sara Larquier singled up the middle with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning to provide the Cavaliers with their first hit of the game. After Brown threw out UVa’s base runner trying to steal second base, Sallinger issued her first walk of the game followed that with a hit-by-pitch to place runners at first and second in the pouring rain. The umpires then decided to pull the teams off the field at 2:32 p.m. for a rain delay.

After a 30-minute delay, the rain continued to fall and the umpires decided to postpone the game until Sunday. The contest will resume at the point where it left off at 11:30 a.m. Tech and UVa will play a second game after the completion of the game today and lose the third scheduled game of the Atlantic Coast Conference series.

-GT SOFTBALL-

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