Softball ACCtion: Friday, February 19

Feb. 20, 2010

No. 10/9 Georgia Tech Rallies To Beat No. 21/21 Northwestern And BYU
Sophomore Kelsi Weseman had two home runs, including a game-winning grand slam, as the No. 10/9 Georgia Tech Softball Team (6-0) came from behind to win two games Friday at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic. The Yellow Jackets overcame a 5-0 deficit to beat No. 21/21 Northwestern (2-4) in the first game 9-6 and then won a wild 10-9, eight-inning thriller with BYU (7-1). In the second game, Tech lost a 5-0 lead and was down 6-5 in the sixth.

Weseman had two home runs and six RBI on the day, while redshirt senior Jen Yee was on base seven times with two singles, a home run, three runs scored, three RBI, four walks and two stolen bases. Junior Kristen Adkins went 3-for-6 with a home run, two walks and four runs scored and freshman Hope Rush (4-0) won both games for the Yellow Jackets. Against Northwestern, she pitched a complete game and then picked up a win against BYU with two innings of scoreless relief. At the plate, she was 4-for-9 with a double and two RBI. Georgia Tech hit six home runs on the day as junior Jessica Weaver and sophomore Jessica Sinclair also went deep.

Northwestern built a 5-0 lead after an inning and a half against Rush. The big blow came off the bat of Adrienne Monka, who hit a three-run home run in the second inning.

No. 20 FSU Picks Up 2 Wins
The No. 20/23 Florida State softball team defeated Coastal Carolina and South Dakota State by a combined score of 16-0 Friday during the Seminole Classic at JoAnne Graf Field.

The Seminoles (6-1) defeated the Chanticleers 4-0 and then the Jackrabbits 12-0.

Gober got the nod in the 'Noles opening game against Coastal Carolina and once again she was magnificent in the circle.

Carolina's Danielle Spaulding No Hits Delaware In 11-0 Win
The No. 23/24 North Carolina Tar Heels (3-3) kicked off the Carolina Classic with an 11-0 win over the Delaware Blue Hens (1-1). Pitcher Danielle Spaulding recorded her first no-hitter of the season and fourth of her career, tallying 16 strikeouts in 6 innings of work.

Spaulding was simply terrific on this day, pitching gaining her second win of the season in spectacular fashion. Spaulding dominated the Blue Hens offense and only allowed base runners from two walks.

An Anna Roberts walk got things rolling in the first, followed by doubles from Danielle Spaulding and Brittany Robinson to give Carolina an early 2-0 lead. Then Ally Blake drew another walk for the Heels, before Constance Orr doubled. North Carolina ended the top of the first with three runs on three hits and two walks.

Carolina Takes Second Game Of Carolina Classic, Tops St. Joseph's, 6-3
The No. 23/24 North Carolina Tar Heels (4-3) beat the Saint Joseph’s Hawks (0-1), 6-3, in the second game for the Tar Heels in the Carolina Classic. The game featured another sterling pitching performance from a Carolina senior, Amber Johnson, who racked up 13 total strikeouts.

Along with Johnson’s stellar performance, the Heels displayed timely hitting and solid base running. North Carolina got on the board early thanks to a two-out HR from first-baseman, Danielle Spaulding, in the top of the first inning. The home run is Spaulding’s first of the season.

In the top of the third, Christine Knauer led off the inning by being hit by a pitch, followed by an Anna Roberts’ single. Brittany Robinson then made contact with a Red Hawks’ pitch from Erin Gallagher, bringing Knauer home on a fielder’s choice extending the Tar Heel lead to 2-0. 

Hokies roll Catamounts in opener at Red & Black Showcase
The Virginia Tech softball team rolled to a 14-3 win in five innings over Western Carolina Friday in the opening game of the Red & Black Showcase at UGa Softball Complex.

Tech scored an unearned run in the first inning and tacked on four more in the third inning. A two-RBI double by Kristin Graham highlighted the stanza. After giving up three runs in the third, Tech battled back in the fourth when Misty Hall connected on her first home run of the season, a two-run shot to left field to make it 7-3. An RBI single by Ashton Ward – her third hit of the game – drove in Graham and a single by Kristen Froehlich plated Ward.

Richelle McGarva drove in Bkaye Smith with a single up the middle in the fifth and Graham drove in two more with another single. A single by Froehlich made it 14-3 and was the last run scored in the drubbing. 

Call, Desbois Slug NC State Past ND State
Stephanie Call and Bridget Desbois both went deep twice, and Lindsay Campana held North Dakota State to three hits as NC State topped the 2009 Super Regional opponent by a 6-2 score. The game marked the first time in Wolfpack softball history that two players hit two home runs in the same game.

The win moves the Pack to 4-2 on the year, while the Bison’s fall to 3-3.

Campana (2-1) got the win, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out six. Both of her runs were unearned. Whitney Johnson (1-2) took the loss for ND State.

Hokies downed by No. 8 Bulldogs, 6-1
The Hokie softball team put up a good fight for five innings, but fell to No. 8/6 Georgia, 6-1, Friday afternoon at the Red & Black Showcase at UGA Softball Complex. Earlier in the day, Virginia Tech rolled past Western Carolina 14-3 in five innings.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a quick lead in the first inning without recording a hit. Taylor Schlopy walked, stole second, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a sacrifice fly by Alisa Goler. Whitney Davis tied it up with a deep double off the right field fall to plate Courtney Liddle in the top of the second inning. One play earlier, Misty Hall was thrown out at home on a relay play and injured her knee on the collision. She left the game and didn’t return. She’ll be re-evaluated at the hotel tonight with her status for the rest of the weekend to be determined.

Georgia took the lead back in the second when another leadoff walk came around to score on a sharp single up the middle. The Bulldogs had a chance to blow it open in the fifth inning, loading the bases, but Kenzie Roark worked out of the jam with masterful pitching to Ashley Razey, jamming her and inducing a harmless groundout to end the threat.

Boston College Falls In 2010 Season Opener to Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 6-5
The Boston College softball team lost in a heartbreaker on Thursday afternoon as its comeback attempt came up just one run short in a 6-5 loss to Texas A&M Corpus Christi in front of 190 fans at Chapman Field in Corpus Christi, Tx.

The win improves the Islanders to 4-3 for the season, while the loss drops Boston College to 0-1 on the year.

Freshman Nicole D'Argento led off the game with a single to give her the first hit of the 2010 season for the Eagles, and it was also the first hit of her collegiate career.

Hofstra Stops NC State, 2-1
NC State softball dropped a close 2-1 affair to Hofstra on Friday, Feb. 19 at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Tournament. Alyssa Allbritten led the Wolfpack with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate, including a home run and a double.

The loss moves the Pack to 4-3 on the year, while the Pride climb to 2-0.

Morgan Peeler (1-1) took the loss, allowing one earned run and four hits. Olivia Galati (1-0) got the win for the Pride, limiting NC State to four hits. 

Cavaliers Drop Two on Opening Day of Tiger Classic
The Virginia softball team (1-3) dropped its first two games of the LSU Tiger Classic Friday, falling to No. 4 Michigan 13-0 in five innings and 19th ranked LSU 3-0. The tournament is being held at Tiger Field in Baton Rouge, La. The Cavaliers continue play vs. Oklahoma State at 11 a.m. CT Saturday.

Both offenses were limited in the contest vs. LSU, though the Tigers (4-3) picked up three runs in the first inning to take an early lead. LSU outhit Virginia 4-2, as starter Melanie Mitchell pitched all six innings with five strikeouts. Nicole Koren and Lauren McCaskey each had singles for Virginia.

In the first game of the day, Michigan (3-2) also jumped out to an early lead with five runs in the top of the first. The Wolverines finished with 14 hits compared to two for Virginia, singles by Giannina Cipolloni and Alison Pittman.

Maryland splits in south Florida … Story to follow