The Virginia softball team dropped two games at Florida State Sunday in Tallahassee. The Seminoles won 3-2 in eight innings in game one, before defeating the Cavaliers 10-2 in five innings in the second game.
Florida State improves to 33-14 overall and 12-2 ACC, while the Cavaliers fall to 18-21 and 3-11 in the conference.
In game one, after FSU’s Maddie O’Brien hit a solo home run to left in the fourth, sophomore Heidi Velk scored the Cavaliers first run in the fifth inning. She reached and moved to second on a Seminole error. When she stole third and the throw was wild, Velk came home to tie the game at 1-1.
In the sixth, junior Marcy Bowdren hit an infield single to lead off the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Megan Harris. Bowdren moved to third on a single by senior Alex Skinkis and came home on a groundout by freshman Aimee Chapdelaine.
The Seminoles tied the game with a two-out double by Kirstin Austin that scored Morgan Bullock in the bottom of the sixth.
In the eighth, FSU won the game after Chelsea Adams came around to score on a ball hit by Austin that was not fielded cleanly by senior Lauren Didlake.
Senior pitcher Melanie Mitchell pitched the complete game, allowing three runs with 10 strikeouts in the loss.
The game was delayed for 41 minutes in the first inning for rain.
In the second game, the Seminoles struck for two runs in the first and three in the third to build a 5-0 lead.
Junior Peyton Larus hit a double to the gap in left center to score Didlake in the fifth. Freshman Shannon McGinley grounded out to score Larus and cut the FSU lead to 5-2.
Florida State followed and scored five runs in the fifth to finish the game.
Chapdelaine allowed 10 runs in 4.2 innings, while Perry pitched the complete game win with two runs in five innings.
The two teams conclude the series Monday at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU.
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