Softball Splits on Second Day of Hoo's Who Tournament
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., March 22, 2003 - Penn State softball cruised to an 8-0 win over Robert Morris in six innings but snapped a five-game win streak, losing to host Virginia, 4-1, at the Hoo's Who Invitational in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday.
The Nittany Lions outhit the Colonials, 14-3, in the win, led by senior Kelley Galigher (Pleasanton, Calif./Foothill) who went 4-for-4, tying the school record for hits in a game. She also drove in a team-best three runs.
Penn State scored runs in five of the six innings, including five in the last three. Sophomore Leigh Murray (Fairfax Station, Va./W.T. Woodson) tallied the game-ending hit for the second-straight game, driving in two runs giving PSU an eight-run lead in the bottom of the sixth.
Sophomore Tina Skelly (Greensburg, Pa./Hempfield) won her fourth-straight start, going five innings without a walk.
In the nightcap, PSU broke a scoreless tie, taking a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning on a two-out RBI-double from junior Erica Greenberg (Irvine, Calif./Calvary Chapel) that hugged the right field line, allowing senior Erin Norton (Orange, Calif./El Modena).
However, a four-run sixth inning, keyed by a Hannah Owings two-RBI double, gave the Cavaliers a 4-1 lead they would never relinquish. UVA knocked out six of its 12 hits in the inning to take control of the game.
The Lions tried to cut into the lead, drawing two walks in the bottom half of the inning, but a double play ended the threat. UVA then retired the Lions in order in the seventh to clinch the win.
UVA pitcher Christina Grimm limited Penn State, who had tallied 14 hits in its last two games, to just four hits, with Norton posting two of those tallies. Sophomore Mandy Nuxoll (Kelso, Wash./Kelso) went 1-for-3 to extend her hit streak to 15 games.
Head coach Robin Petrini needs just one game to reach 200 career wins. She currently stands at 199-166-1. Penn State is 14-11 this season.
Penn State plays James Madison on Sunday, Mar. 23 at 10 a.m. in the final game of round-robin play. If the Nittany Lions defeat the Dukes, they play in the championship game at 2 p.m. If not, the Lions play for third place at 2 p.m.
For the box score from the Robert Morris game, click here.
For the box score from the Virginia game, click here.