Softball ACCtion: Saturday, February 13

Feb. 13, 2010


No. 13/14 Georgia Tech Upsets No. 3/5 Florida, 3-0

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Freshman Hope Rush threw a five-hit shutout with seven strikeouts and also hit a two-run home run as the No. 13/14 Georgia Tech Softball team (2-0) upset No. 3/5 Florida (1-1), 3-0, Saturday afternoon at the USF Wilson-DeMarini Tournament. This marked the highest ranked opponent that the Yellow Jackets have beaten in program history. The previous high was a 4-1 win over No. 9 Louisiana-Lafayette on Feb. 8, 2004. It was also the first career loss in 43 decisions for Florida All-American pitcher Stephanie Brombacher.

Rush stranded seven Gators over the first three innings and got out of a bases loaded, one-out jam in the second and third. She settled down and limited Florida to five hits in her first career start. Rush walked four batters and struck out seven while throwing 135 pitches. At the plate, she hit a monstrous two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning but it was a two-out RBI triple by sophomore Kate Kuzma which broke a scoreless tie in the fifth.

Sinclair, Coan Lead No. 13/14 Softball Past Canisius, 9-0, In Season Opener

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Sophomore Jessica Coan threw a one-hit shutout with nine strikeouts and sophomore Jessica Sinclair went 2-for-3 with a home run (grand slam) and six RBI as the No. 13/14 Georgia Tech Softball team (1-0) defeated Canisius (0-1), 9-0 in five innings, Saturday morning at the USF Wilson-DeMarini Tournament.

Despite a game-time temperature of 44 degrees and wind chill values in the low 30's, the Yellow Jackets belted out three home runs and seven hits against Canisius pitcher Caroline Main. In addition to Sinclair's home run, freshman Hope Rush and senior Jen Yee also went deep.

BGSU, Iona No Match For 'Noles

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 19/23 Florida State softball bounced back in a big way from its opening-day loss by earning mercy-rule wins over both Bowling Green and Iona in the second day of the Sunshine State Classic Saturday on JoAnne Graf Field.

Two days after getting just four hits and a single run in a 2-1 defeat to Southern Miss, FSU (2-1) exploded for a combined 17 hits and 18 runs in victories over the Falcons (1-1) and Gaels (0-2). (FSU 9 BGSU 0 and FSU 9 IONA 1)

The 'Noles also got some stellar pitching from aces Terese Gober and Sarah Hamilton.

Gober fanned five batters in five innings and gave up just one hit against Bowling Green for her first win of the year. Hamilton then struck out 10 and didn't walk a single batter in her five-hit, six innings of work against Iona.

Offensively, junior Jen Lapicki knocked in three RBI against the Falcons and senior Carly Wynn achieved that same amount against the Gaels.

Against Bowling Green in the earlier game Saturday, Haddad got things started by doubling to left center and senior Monica Montez drew a walk to put runners on first and second. McConn then singled and a fielding error by Bowling Green brought Haddad and Montez home.

Bechtholdt Walk-Off Puts Softball Over Providence

MIAMI, Fla. – A Kristine Bechtholdt pinch-hit walk-off bomb handed NC State (1-0) a 4-2 win over Providence (0-3) in its first official game of the season on Saturday, Feb. 13 at the FIU Combat Classic.

The two-run blast is the second walk-off of Bechtholdt’s career and, coincidentally, the first for the Pack since she did it against Winthrop at home on March 26, 2008.

Stephanie Call (1-0) picked up her second career win in as many appearances, striking out five and allowing just six hits. Both of the Friars’ runs were unearned.

NC State Softball Blanks North Florida, 7-0

MIAMI, Fla. – NC State (2-0) used two big innings to grab its second win of the day over North Florida, 7-0, on Saturday, Feb. 13 at the FIU Combat Classic. Lindsay Campana (1-0) gave up just three hits over six innings while picking up 12 K’s and issuing a lone walk. Morgan Peeler fanned two in an inning of relief.

Stephanie Call and Claudia Cooper both had two hits, with Call belting her first long ball of the season. Alyssa Ishibashi led the offense with two RBIs, two walks and a double.

Virginia Tech Splits to open 2010 season

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The 15th year of Virginia Tech softball started with a bang Saturday, but ended in rough fashion as the Hokies split a pair of games at the JU Softball Tournament. The Hokies began with a 14-3 win in six innings over Bethune-Cookman before falling to the host Jacksonville Dolphins 11-7 in the second game.

Tech opened the season in historic fashion, scoring the most runs and recording the most hits in a season opener in program history, downing Bethune-Cookman 14-3 in six innings. Tech scored two runs in the first and two more in the third inning before the Wildcats scored three in the third inning to tighten things up. But the Hokies scored five runs in the fifth and five more in the sixth to end the game early.

The Hokies got home runs from freshman Courtney Liddle and junior-transfer Ashton Ward to highlight the game. Senior Whitney Davis led the way with three hits while Richelle McGarva, Ward, Liddle and Misty Hall each had a pair of hits. McGarva led the way with four RBI while Ward had three and Davis had two. Freshmen Bkaye Smith and Stephanie Kujawa, as well as sophomore Marra Hvozdovic each had one hit.

Ward got the start in the circle and went two-plus innings before being relieved by freshman Jasmin Harrell. The freshman went four innings, recording 12-straight outs to end the game. Ward allowed three runs on four hits with three walks while Harrell had a pair of strikeouts.

In the second game, Jacksonville jumped all over Tech starting pitcher Kenzie Roark, scoring seven runs in a little over an inning to put things out of reach quickly. The Hokies scored two unearned runs in the second inning to tighten things and made a late comeback, but the Dolphins held on for the 11-7 win.

Trailing 10-2 in the third inning, the Hokies showed a little life, recording three-straight hits (back-to-back doubles by Liddle and Kristin Graham and a single by Davis) to score two runs. An RBI single by McGarva in the fourth drove in a run to make it 10-5. The Dolphins scored an unearned run in the seventh inning before Tech tried to make a comeback. A monster two-run home run by Liddle off the scoreboard made it 11-7, but the Hokies couldn’t get any closer.

Roark (L, 0-1) lasted just 1.1 innings before Harrell came in for an inning before Roark came back in. Harrell gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits with a strikeout and a walk while Roark pitched 6.0 innings, allowing eight runs (only three earned) on seven hits with a walk and 10 strikeouts.

Tar Heels Fall 6-3 To LSU In Texas Invitational Semifinal

AUSTIN -- No. 19/22 North Carolina returned to action against No. 13/18 LSU on Saturday night. Looking to bounce back from two consecutive losses Carolina played with determination, but in the end it was not enough as the Tigers prevailed 6-3.

Carolina manufactured an early run when Christine Knauer scored from a Constance Orr mishandled grounder back to the pitcher. Knauer reached base by bunting down the third base line and beating out the throw to first. She then stole second and advanced to third by tagging up on a deep fly ball to right field hit by Danielle Spaulding.

Senior pitcher Amber Johnson (0-2) battled out of early trouble to scathlessly escape the first inning. An error and base hit put Tiger runners on first and second base before Johnson forced three ground balls to keep the Tar Heels early lead in tact.

Carolina Drops Second Game In Time Warner Invitational

AUSTIN --- The No. 19/22 North Carolina Tar Heels dropped their second consecutive game in the Time Warner Invitational via a 3-1 loss at the hands of No. 20/21 DePaul Blue Demons. DePaul jumped on the Tar Heels early, scoring all three of their runs in the first two innings. Carolina fought back, but in the end could not string together enough hits to produce runs.

Senior pitcher Danielle Spaulding received the call for Head Coach Donna Papa's Tar Heels in the last game of pool play. Spaulding previously shut out LSU yesterday in Carolina's 1-0 win over the Tigers.

First Day of Elon Tournament Cancelled

ELON, N.C. - The Virginia softball team's games Saturday in the Elon Tournament have been cancelled because of poor field conditions. The tournament is scheduled to be on time for Sunday, with the Cavaliers playing at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.