NCAA Softball ACCtion: Sunday, May 19
Monday May 20, 2013
May 19, 2013
MOBILE, Ala. (seminoles.com) - In the most improbable fashion, the 19th-ranked Florida State softball team made a five-run comeback with two outs in the seventh, then recorded the go-ahead run in the eighth to earn an incredible 7-6 win over No. 13 seed South Alabama on Sunday night at Jaguar Field to advance to the NCAA Super Regionals.
After falling in the first game by a 3-0 score, the Seminoles (44-17) were down 6-1 in the elimination contest with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. With senior Morgan Bullock on second base, Bailey Schinella drew a walk and freshman Alex Kossoff singled to third base, which was followed by an errant throw to first base to score Bullock and cut the deficit to 6-2.
Continuing the comeback was Kaitlin Allen, who drew a necessary walk on a full-count pitch to load the bases for junior Kelly Hensley, who was the game-tying run at the plate. Hensley swung on a 1-1 offering from South Alabama's Hannah Campbell (22-9) and belted the tying grand slam on a ball that landed off the scoreboard in left center. Hensley's 13th home run of the season gave the Seminoles new life.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - ACC champion NC State's impressive debut season under first-year head coach Shawn Rychcik came to an end on Sunday as the Wolfpack fell 7-0 to No. 5 host Tennessee in the title game of the NCAA Knoxville Regional.
On a rainy weekend that saw multiple weather delays, the Wolfpack (35-20-1) got an outstanding performance over three days from sophomore pitcher Emily Weiman, who threw the Pack's first 24 innings in the four-team regional without relief, including a 10 2/3-inning outing in a 1-0 loss to the Volunteers on Saturday that matched the longest of her career.
Weiman (33-18) took both losses against the Volunteers, but also both wins against James Madison, a 2-0 win in the opener on Friday, and a 6-4 win in a elimination game that was started on Saturday evening and was completed on Sunday morning, advancing the Pack to the title game against Tennessee.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (hokiesports.com) - The Virginia Tech softball team saw its 2013 season come to a heartbreaking end Sunday, falling to 17th-ranked and 12th-seeded Kentucky 1-0 in the final game of the NCAA Lexington Regional at John Cropp Stadium. The Hokies downed the Wildcats 2-0 in the first game of the day to force the "if necessary" game, but couldn't scratch a run across in the second game as Kentucky won the regional to advance to next weekend's NCAA Super Regionals.
"We did what we needed to do to compete and try to move on and obviously I thought coming into this regional we matched up well with Kentucky," Tech head coach Scot Thomas said. "I think we proved that today. Hats off to them, hats off to my team for battling all last night and battling all day today. I am proud of our bunch for sure."
In the first game, Tech got a three-hit shut out from freshman Kelly Heinz and a big RBI double from Lauren Gaskill as the Hokies pulled the 2-0 upset. Heinz shut down the high-powered UK offense, giving up just three singles as she struck out three and walked five to finish her freshman year with a 17-8 record.