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In the region: Virginia Tech softball splits twin bill with FSU

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UVa senior right-hander Blake Bales pitches in relief against Connecticut on Saturday. UConn won 10-9.

ATLANTA — Grace Chavez and Kelsey Bennett homered to help the 14th-ranked Virginia Tech softball team squash No. 13 Florida State 9-1 in five innings in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday at Georgia Tech.

Virginia Tech (6-2, 3-2 ACC) beat the Seminoles (7-2, 4-1) for the first time in seven years, snapping a 13-game skid in the series.

FSU won the first game 7-1.

Meredith Slaw had a pinch-hit, two-RBI single for the Hokies in Game 2.


UVa 4, Pitt 2: DURHAM, N.C. — Mackenzie Wooten earned the save as the Cavaliers (2-3, 1-2 ACC) fended off the Panthers in a game at Duke.

With UVa up 4-1 and the bases loaded, Wooten relieved starter Mikayla Houge with one out in the seventh. Bailey Drapola hit a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 4-2, but Wooten struck out EC Taylor with runners on second and third to end the game.

Houge struck out 12 batters — the most strikeouts by a UVa pitcher against an ACC team in eight years.

UVa lost its first game of the day, falling to Louisville 5-4 on Taylor Roby’s two-RBI, walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh.


Radford 4, Ohio University 2

RADFORD — Dac Archer had two hits and one RBI to lead the Highlanders (2-0) past the Bobcats (0-2).

Radford took a 3-0 lead in the first, thanks in part to Anthony Galati’s two-RBI single.

UConn 10, No. 14 UVa 9: CHARLOTTESVILLE — Chris Brown had two hits and four RBIs to lead the Huskies (1-1) past the Cavaliers (1-1).

A UConn error enabled UVa to score two runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but Max Cotier popped up with a man on third to end the agme.


No. 3 UVa 15, No. 11 Loyola (Md.) 12: BALTIMORE — Matt Moore scored five goals to lead the Cavaliers (3-0) past the Greyhounds (1-1).

Peter Swindell scored to cut the UVa lead to 13-12 with 7:38 to go in the fourth, but Moore scored with 5:21 left and UVa’s Payton Cormier added a goal with 4:34 left.


VMI 2, Marymount 1: LEXINGTON — Nathan Lam scored in the 87th minute to give the Keydets (2-1) a win over NCAA Division III member Marymount (0-1).

It was Lam’s second goal of the game.


Nelson breaks records

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Ella Nelson broke the ACC, UVa and meet records in the 400-yard individual medley Friday on the third night of the ACC championships.

She had a winning time of 4 minutes, 2.62 seconds. Virginia Tech’s Reka Gyorgy took third for her third bronze medal in as many nights.

UVa’s Kate Douglass won the 100 butterfly with a meet-record time of 49.96 seconds, with teammate Lexi Cuomo second.

UVa’s Paige Madden won the 200 freestyle (1:42.61), with teammate Kyla Valls second.

The foursome of Alex Walsh, Alexis Wenger, Cuomo and Douglass broke the ACC and UVa records in the 400 medley relay with a winning time of 3:26.25.

Wenger took second in the 100 breaststroke with a school-record time of 57.60 seconds, while UVa’s Reilly Tiltmann took second in the 100 backstroke.


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