Softball ACCtion: Sunday, February 21

Feb. 21, 2010

UNC's Spaulding Tosses Second No-Hitter In Carolina Classic
The North Carolina Tar Heels (6-3) capped off the championship game of the Carolina Classic Softball Tournament with a victory over the St. Joseph’s Hawks (2-2), 8-0. Tar Heel pitcher, Danielle Spaulding, led the Tar Heels in the win, recording her second no-hitter of the season, and fifth of her career. Spaulding struck out 11 in six innings of work, on her way to earning the Most Valuable Player award for the tournament.

The Tar Heels started off the scoring in the bottom of the 2nd, thanks to sold base running on a St. Joesph’s error. Hawks’ pitcher, Taryn Ashway, walked Brittany Robinson to lead off the inning. Tar Heels first baseman, Constance Orr, then hit a looping one-hopper to Hawks’ shortstop, Rochelle Christman. Christman bobbled the ball, allowing Orr to reach first base and Robinson to come home. Orr was credited with the single officially, with Robinson scoring on the St. Joesph’s error. The Heels finished the second inning leading 1-0.

North Carolina continued to shut out the Hawks through four innings, before adding three more runs to their lead in the bottom of the fourth. Robinson got the Heels’ offense rolling with a one-out, solo homerun to left-center field, off Ashway. It was Robinson’s second homerun of the season and her first since the Heels’ season opener against Louisiana State University. UNC catcher Ally Blake and Orr followed the solo shot with a single each. Designated player Brittany McKinney, followed up Blake and Orr by recording a single of her own, scoring the lead runner. Next at bat Kelsey Green, reached first via an error by Hawks’ first baseman, Alaina Loguidice. The costly error also allowed Orr to cross the plate, stretching the Tar Heels’ lead to 4-0. 

Seminole Classic Champs!
The No. 20/23 Florida State softball team defeated South Dakota State, 6-0, Sunday afternoon to win the Seminole Classic at JoAnne Graf Field.

In doing so, the Seminoles (10-1) earned their fifth-straight shutout, 10th win in a row and propelled themselves into two weeks in a row of games away from home.

Senior Terese Gober got her sixth victory of the year by pitching two no-hit innings to start the game. In that span she struck out three of the six batters she faced and didn't anyone before being replaced by junior Sarah Hamilton in the third.

Campana, Softball Shut Out Michigan State
Lindsay Campana (4-1) picked up 10 K’s and allowed just three hits as NC State blanked Michigan State 4-0 for its third shutout win of the season and second in as many days. The Wolfpack continues its dominance of the Spartans, moving the all-time series to 4-0.

Lauren Kramer (2-4) suffered the loss, allowing four earned runs in 4.2 innings of work. Kelly Confer tossed the final inning and a third.

NC State moves to 6-4 with the victory, while MSU slides to 3-6. 

Boston College Powers Its Way To A Win Over Southern, 19-0
The Boston College softball team had its offense breakout in a big way on Sunday morning as it pounded out a season-high in hits and runs in a 19-0 win over Southern University at Chapman Field in Corpus Christi, Tx.

The win concludes the Islander Invitational for the Eagles as they come out of it with an even 2-2 record, while the loss will drop Southern to 0-4 on the year.

Boston College scored eight times in the bottom of the second inning thanks in large part to the longball. Senior's Dani Weir and Renee Ramos went back-to-back for the Eagles in the frame. BC batted around for the first time this season in the inning as well.

No. 10/9 Georgia Tech Suffers First Loss Of The Season, 4-1 To No. 12/11 Cal
Valerie Arioto had a three-run home run and pitched a complete game as the No. 11/12 California Softball team (7-3) handed No. 10/9 Georgia Tech (8-1) its first loss of the season, 4-1, Sunday morning in the final game of the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic. The Yellow Jackets left nine runners on base, including six in scoring position.

Freshman Hope Rush (5-1) took the loss as she allowed four runs on six hits. She walked five and struck out eight. Arioto gave up one earned run on five hits. She walked four and also fanned nine. At the plate, she was 2-for-3 with a walk and the three-run home run. Redshirt junior Jen Yee went 1-for-4 to extend her hitting streak to nine games and sophomore Kelsi Weseman provided the Yellow Jacket run with a seventh inning RBI single.

It was a scoreless game until the sixth inning home run by Arioto, but both teams had scoring chances. In the third inning, the Yellow Jackets loaded the bases with one out as junior Christy Jones walked, Yee singled and Weseman was hit by a pitch. Rush then hit a chopper to third that resulted in Jones being forced out at home and Arioto fanned sophomore Jessica Sinclair to end the threat.

Late rally by Falcons dooms Hokies
A late rally by Bowling Green spoiled a great pitching effort from Kristin Graham as the Virginia Tech softball team wrapped up play at the Red & Black Showcase with a 3-2 loss to Bowling Green Sunday morning at the UGa Softball Complex.

Gram (L, 0-1) was simply dominant for the Hokies in the circle, but was tagged with the hard-luck loss. The sophomore, pitching in her home state, went a career-high 6.1 innings, recording a career-high seven strikeouts, allowing just one hit - which came in the first inning – and two unearned runs.

After failing to score Saturday, the Hokies wasted little time on Sunday. Whitney Davis drove in Bkaye Smith with a slicing single down the left field line in the first inning to give the Hokies an early lead.

Cavaliers Fall to No. 19 LSU in Tiger Classic Championship
The Virginia softball team (2-5) fell to 19th-ranked LSU 8-0 in six innings Sunday in the championship game of the Tiger Classic in Baton Rouge, La.

The Cavaliers went 1-4 in the tournament, highlighted by a 2-1 upset over No. 4 Michigan Saturday afternoon. Senior Sarah Tacke, who hit the game-winner to beat the Wolverines, was named to the all-tournament team.

LSU (7-4) picked up two runs in both the first and second innings to jump out to a 4-0 lead. The Tigers then added three more in the fourth before tallying a walk-off home run in the bottom of the sixth.

Terps Fall To Ole Miss, 2-1
The Maryland softball team ended its stint in the Florida Atlantic Kick-Off Classic with a 2-1 loss to Mississippi Sunday afternoon. The Terps are now 2-3 on the year after their opening weekend.

The Terrapins struck first in the fourth inning when senior Alex Schultz singled to drive in junior Kerry Hickey. The Rebels didn't score until the bottom of the fifth. After allowing the run with no outs, Hickey, who was on the mound, struck out the next two batters swinging to help close the inning.

The Rebels clinched the win with a series of singles to score in the bottom of the seventh inning.