Abby Weaver has played her final game for the Virginia softball team this season.
The freshman standout suffered ligament damage to her foot in the second game of an April 17 doubleheader at Notre Dame, UVa coach Joanna Hardin said in a phone interview. That game turned out to be the final one of Weaver’s season.
“Nothing completely torn … that would require surgery. … It just requires a lot of rest,” Hardin said.
Weaver finished that April 17 game but missed the series finale the following day. An MRI last week revealed the ligament damage, so she also missed games against Radford and Liberty and last weekend’s series with Syracuse.
She will also miss this weekend’s series at Georgia Tech; that series will wrap up UVa’s regular season. She would also miss the 10-team ACC Tournament, which begins May 12, if UVa (15-29, 10-23) qualifies.
Hardin said Weaver is in a cast and is getting around on a scooter. She will move from the cast to a protective boot next week.
After four weeks in the boot, she will be able to put weight on her foot and will undergo rehab.
Weaver was playing third base when she suffered the injury. She ran into a fence while going back to catch a foul ball. Her foot got caught in the fence and was twisted, said Hardin.
Weaver leads UVa in batting average (.328) and on-base percentage (.438).
“Nobody was more bummed than our coaching staff because she’s been playing really well,” Hardin said.
Weaver broke into the starting lineup on March 13 and since then had started at third base or in right field in every game until her injury. She had become UVa’s leadoff hitter.
She played in 27 games for UVa, starting 20. She had one double, two homers and seven RBI and scored 11 runs.
Weaver earned Timesland pitcher of the year honors as a Cave Spring sophomore, when she went 17-4 in the circle and hit .621 to lead the Knights to the state title game.
She was an All-Timesland first-team pitcher as a junior, when she went 21-6 and batted .519 to lead the Knights to a second straight regional crown.