Softball ACCtion: Sunday, February 14

Feb. 14, 2010

No. 13/14 Georgia Tech Posts 10-5 Win Over Florida Gulf Coast
Redshirt senior Jen Yee, junior Christy Jones and sophomore Kelsi Weseman combined to go 7-for-7 with six runs scored and six RBI as the Georgia Tech Softball Team (4-0) completed a perfect opening weekend by beating Florida Gulf Coast (2-2), 10-5, in the final game of the USF Wilson-DeMarini Tournament. The Yellow Jackets overcame five errors in the game for the win. They had come into the game having not allowed a run or committed an error in the three previous games.

Yee tied a career-high with four runs scored as she went 2-for-2 with a double, two RBI and two walks. Weseman went 3-for-3 with a double, triple, sacrifice and four RBI while Jones was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and a sacrifice. Junior Kristen Adkins made her pitching debut of the season and picked up the win. She allowed five runs (only one was earned) on seven hits in 5.1 innings. She walked two and struck out two. Sophomore Jessica Coan threw the final 1.2 innings and struck out all five batters she faced.

After Adkins got the first two outs of the game quickly, a walk and back-to-back singles put FGCU up 1-0. The RBI single off the bat of Mariah Fernandez snapped a string of 19.2 straight innings Tech pitchers began the season without allowing a run. 

Rush's Two-Hitter Leads No. 13/14 Softball Past East Carolina, 3-0
Freshman Hope Rush had a no-hitter for 6.2 innings and ended up with a two-hit shutout as the No. 13/14 Georgia Tech Softball team (3-0) shut out East Carolina (1-2), 3-0, Sunday Morning at the USF Wilson-DeMarini Tournament. Redshirt senior Jen Yee went 2-for-2 with a home run, double, two RBI and a walk while junior Kristen Adkins also went deep for the Yellow Jackets. Tech will close out the tournament at 1:30 this afternoon against Florida Gulf Coast.

A clean single to right field by ECU clean-up hitter Marina Gusman-Brown on a 3-1 pitch broke up Rush's bid for a no-no with two outs in the final frame, just hours after she shut out No. 3 Florida. The next batter, Sissy Jimenez, dumped a single into shallow right field but Gusman-Brown was gunned down at third base by Jessica Sinclair to end the game. Rush settled for a two-hit shutout as she walked one and struck out six batters. Rush (2-0) threw just 76 pitches and had only five two-ball counts and three, three-ball counts in the game.

The Yellow Jackets got on the board in the first inning when redshirt senior Jen Yee took a 3-2 pitch from 2009 Conference USA Pitcher of the Year Toni Paisley over the fence in right field for her second home run of the season. Yee then struck again in the third inning. With sophomore Kate Kuzma aboard with two outs after singling earlier in the inning, Yee drove her home with a double to the gap in left-center giving the Yellow Jackets a 2-0 lead heading to the bottom of the third. 

2 More Wins For Florida State
The No. 19/23 Florida State softball team improved to 4-1 on the season with a 2-1 win over Mercer and 8-1 win over Bowling Green in the final day of the Sunshine State Classic at the Seminole Softball Complex.

Senior pitcher Terese Gober earned the two victories on Sunday for the 'Noles.

In the first game of the day against the Bears, Gober entered the circle as relief for Sarah Hamilton with the game knotted at 1-1 before FSU earned the 2-1 win. Gober them pitched a gem later in the day against the Falcons, tossing six innings and giving up just one hit and one run while striking out six.

Cavaliers Blank UNC Wilmington in Season Opener, 9-0
The University of Virginia softball team (1-0) blanked UNC Wilmington 9-0 in the season opener of the 2010 campaign Sunday at the Elon Tournament in Elon, N.C. Freshman pitcher Melanie Mitchell (White Plains, Md.) earned her first career win in the circle and finished with 12 strikeouts.

Virginia outhit the Seahawks (1-2) 10-4 in the contest, including a 2-for-4 performance from freshman Taylor Williams (Woodbridge, Va.). Sophomore Gianinna Cipolloni (Philadelphia, Pa.) hit a triple and senior Nicole Koren (Warminster, Pa.) also contributed a three-run homer in the winning effort.

Mitchell threw six innings and allowed just four hits. She did not walk a batter. 

No. 20 UMass Tops NC State, 1-0
A Katie Bettencourt solo jack was the difference as NC State softball dropped a close 1-0 tilt to No. 20 UMass at the FIU Combat Classic on Sunday, Feb. 14. The game was resumed in the bottom of the fourth inning after being halted on Friday night due to torrential downpour.

Lindsay Campana (1-1) took the loss, allowing just five hits including Bettencourt’s homer. Sara Plourde (2-1) got the win, striking out 10 and allowing five Wolfpack hits.

Lauren Peters had two hits for the Pack, while Alyssa Ishibashi, Stephanie Call and Breanna Andrew supplied singles of their own. 

NC State Falls to UIC, 3-1
A three-run fifth inning overcame NC State’s lead and led Illinois – Chicago to a 3-1 victory at the FIU Combat Classic on Sunday, Feb. 14. The loss moves the Wolfpack to 2-1 on the year, while the Flames climb to 3-2.

Stephanie Call (1-1) took the loss in two innings of relief following Morgan Peeler’s start. Lindsay Campana also logged an inning of relief. Devin Miller (2-1) got the win for UIC.

Landon Warren gave the Pack a 1-0 lead with an RBI double in the top of the third, bringing in Krystal Hawkins. Bridget Desbois walked to start the frame, with Hawkins taking her place at first. Hawkins then moved to second on an Alicia Abbott sac-bunt before scoring on Warren’s two-bagger.

Virginia Comeback Falls Short at Elon
The University of Virginia softball team (1-1) dropped a hard-fought battle to Elon, 10-8, in the final game of the Elon Tournament Sunday in Elon, N.C. The Cavaliers trailed by as many as six runs in the contest but battled back on three different occasions.

For the second straight game, the Cavaliers registered 10 hits, including three home runs against the Phoenix. Senior Nicole Koren (Warminster, Pa.) hit her second on the day and the 14th of her career. Classmate Sarah Tacke (Merced, Calif.) also homered while freshman Alex Skinkis (La Plama, Calif.) belted her first career long ball.

Both Koren and Tacke finished with three hits in the contest. Each had a double and a single to go along with their respective home runs.