Benefiting from a controversial call that opened the door for five first-inning runs, the University of Virginia women's softball team defeated Frostburg State, 6-3, today to win the fourth annual Women's D.C. Collegiate Invitational Fast Pitch softball tournament.
Trailing in the first inning, Virginia's Gigi Grover beat out in infield grounder. After Michelle Benecke bunted safely, designated hitter Lorie Dodd doubled down the left field line to score Grover.
Martha Greer than hit a sinking fly ball to left that Sally Blundon appeared to catch for the first out. But third base umpire Vicky VanKleeck ruled otherwise and when Benecke scored, the game was tied at 2-2. Carol Harvey made a perfect bunt to load the bases. Sacrifices flies by Maryrose Sullivan and Beth O'Brien gave Virginia a 5-3 lead.
Frostburg State, playing its fourth game of the day, threatened to climb back into the championship game in the sixth inning. The Bobcats could score only one run after loading the bases when Cavalier third baseman Grover caught a hard line drive by Terry Taylor on the bag for a whole play.
The Cavaliers were making their first appearance in the tournament. "There's no way we could have played this last year," said Virginia Coach Mika Long. "We were very inconsistent last year and I attribute that to the fact that we were a very young team."
After losing its first game on Saturday, Frostburg won six straight to stave off elimination. The Bobcats defeated Catholic and defending champ Essex before Mary Kremzer shut down Virginia on four hits to force the championship game. Virginia had won al of its previous four games.