Softball ACCtion: Saturday, February 20

Feb. 21, 2010

No. 10/9 Georgia Tech Hits Nine Home Runs In Wins Over Hawai'i And Long Beach State
Seven of the nine starters hit a home run as the No. 10/9 Georgia Tech Softball Team (8-0) cruised to a 11-2 win over Hawai'i (5-3) and 12-3 win against Long Beach State (3-4) Saturday at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic. Freshman Hope Rush hit two home runs for the Yellow Jackets while junior Kristine Priebe went 3-for-4 with a double, home run, three RBI and two walks.

Rush as well as redshirt senior Jen Yee extended their hitting streaks to eight games to begin the season. Those same seven Tech starters all had at least two hits and two runs scored as the Yellow Jackets pounded out 22 hits for the day. Yee was on base five more times today as she went 4-for-6 with four runs scored, a double, home run and two RBI. Sophomore Jessica Sinclair had four RBI on the day, while freshman Caitlin Jordan added her first career home run and three RBI.

Rush improved to 5-0 on the season with the win over Hawai'i, while sophomore Jessica Coan (2-0) was in the circle for the game two win against Long Beach State. The Jackets have now scored 52 runs in their last five games and have hit 21 home runs in eight games this season.

FSU Beats Gardner-Webb Twice
The No. 20/23 Florida State softball team will play in Sunday's Seminole Classic championship game after defeating Gardner-Webb twice on Saturday by scores of 7-0 and 5-0.

The Seminoles (9-1), who have now shutout their opponents in four-straight ballgames, will play the winner of Saturday evening's Coastal Carolina versus South Dakota State matchup.

Tiffani Brown put an end to a scoreless game in the bottom of the fourth inning of the 'Noles first game. FSU's freshman third baseman brought Courtney Rosen home with a clutch, two-out triple off the right-center wall.

Virginia Softball Upsets No. 4 Michigan, 2-1
The Virginia softball team (2-4) upset fourth-ranked Michigan (5-3) by a score of 2-1 Saturday at the Tiger Classic in Baton Rouge, La.

The win advanced the Cavaliers to the championship contest of the 2010 Tiger Classic. Virginia will play host and 19th-ranked LSU at 10 a.m. Sunday.

After going 0-3 during round-robin play, the Cavaliers drew the No. 4 seed in the championship draw, earning a rematch with No. 1 seed Michigan, who previously defeated Virginia 13-0 on Friday in the opener. 

NC State Blanks South Florida, 4-0
NC State softball got its first win in four tries over South Florida, 4-0, on Saturday, Feb. 20 in its first game of the day at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Tournament. Claudia Cooper drove in three runs and Lindsay Campana held the Bulls to just four hits.

NC State moves to 5-3 with the win, while USF falls to 5-3.

Campana (3-1) picked up nine K’s and gave up one walk. Brittany Bowles (0-1) took the loss for the Bulls in 4.2 innings of work. Kristen Gordon held the Pack scoreless over the final 2.1 frames.

Terps Beat Pitt, Fall To Ole Miss
The Terrapin softball team moved to 2-2 on the year Saturday afternoon with a 4-3 win over Pittsburgh in eight innings and a 2-0 loss to Mississippi. Strong starting pitching performances once again gave the Terps an edge in both games.

Against the Panthers, sophomore pitcher Kendra Knight threw eight strikeouts in 7.1 innings, while senior Nadine Blackie drove in the winning run. In the Ole Miss game, senior pitcher Kerry Hickey pitched seven solid innings.

In game one of the day against Pitt, the Terps struck early, going ahead 2-0 in the top of the first inning. Blackie singled with one out to help sophomores Vangie Galindo and Kathy McLaughlin score. 

Boston College Splits Doubleheader On Day Two Of The Islander Classic
The Boston College softball team split its doubleheader in the Islander Classic on Saturday afternoon by defeating Centenary College 10-2 in the early game, but later fell to Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 4-2, in game two at Chapman Field in Corpus Christi, Tx.

The day's results move Boston College to 1-2 on the season, while the loss drops Centenary College to 1-3 and the win improves Texas A&M Corpus Christi to 5-3 for the year.

Tech drops pair of games in Georgia
The Virginia Tech softball squad had a rough go of it Saturday at the Red & Black Showcase, falling 2-0 to Winthrop before dropping an 8-0 decision to No. 8/6 Georgia in five innings later in the day at the UGa Softball Complex.

In the first contest, neither team was able to mount much of anything until the fourth inning when Winthrop used three first-pitch singles to plate the game’s first run. The Eagles tacked on an insurance run in the fifth inning with an RBI double off the wall

Freshman Jasmin Harrell (L, 3-1) went the distance, allowing two runs on six hits with five strikeouts. For the first time this season, the Hokies’ bats went silent for a full game as they were shut out on a four-hitter. Bkaye Smith, Kristin Graham, Ashton Ward and Sarah Ashby had the lone hits while Winthrop hurler Cari Wooldridge struck out eight.

Big WSU Inning Sinks NC State
A five run seventh inning pushed Wright State past NC State, 10-6, at the La Quinta Inn & Suites Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 20. The loss sends the Wolfpack to 5-4, while the Raiders move to 2-3.

Morgan Peeler (1-2) was handed the loss, allowing six earned runs. Stephanie Call started for the Pack and tossed the first 2.1 frames, and Linzy Rother got the final two outs in her pitching debut.

Sharon Palma (2-1) earned the win for the Raiders.

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