Softball ACCtion: Friday, February 26

Feb. 27, 2010

UNC's Spaulding Pitches Third No-Hitter Of 2010 Season
In the second game of the day for the No. 23/25 North Carolina Tar Heels in the Tar Heel Invitational, they defeated the James Madison Dukes 8-0 in five innings. Danielle Spaulding once again pitched a no-hitter for the Tar Heels. Spaulding's terrific effort marks the third no-hitter this season and sixth of her career. Today's game makes it three out of her last four starts that she has limited the opposition to no hits.

There is not much to say about Danielle Spaulding that has not been mentioned previously. The reigning ACC Player of the Year the past two seasons, has been even more impressive in her senior season tonight pitching her third no-hitter of the season. In the past four starts the Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. native has only allowed one hit and consistently dominated pitchers. Against James Madison she struck out twelve batters and only allowed a single walk. The strike outs continue to be a consistent theme as she has rung up ten or more batters in four straight appearances.

UNC Takes First Game Of The Tar Heel Invitational Over Fairfield, 2-0
The No. 23 North Carolina Tar Heels defeated the Fairfield Stags 2-0 at the Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C. The strong west wind and cold temperature made it a difficult game for the teams' offenses to get on track. Senior Pitcher Amber Johnson continued her hot start to the 2010 season and did not yield a run in seven innings.

Boston College Opens Hatter Classic With Back-to-Back Wins
The Boston College women's softball team won both of its games on day one of the Hatter Classic on Friday by defeating Albany 4-0 in the early game, and later beat host Stetson, 5-2, in game two at Patricia Wilson Field in Deland, Fl.

The two wins move Boston College to 4-2 on the season. The loss will drop Albany to 0-1, while Stetson will move to 5-5 for the year.

Adkins One-Hitter, Yee Home Run Lead No. 11/8 Softball Past UCF, 1-0
Junior Kristen Adkins tossed a one-hit shutout and redshirt senior Jen Yee hit a solo home run as the No. 11/8 Georgia Tech Softball team (10-1) beat UCF (5-6), 1-0, Friday in the opening game of the NFCA Leadoff Classic. Adkins threw just 65 pitches and only 16 of them were balls. She did not walk a batter and struck out four.

Yee's home run came with two outs in the third inning as she ripped a 1-0 pitch by UCF's Ashleigh Cole deep over the fence in right-center field. It was her sixth home run of the season and extended her hitting streak to 11 games. That would be all the offense Adkins would need as she was mowing down the Knights all afternoon. Her only blemish was a clean single by Hillary Barrow leading off the sixth inning. Adkins also hit a batter. After the four strikeouts, 16 of the 17 batters she retired came via a ground ball.

No. 11/8 Georgia Tech Shut Out By Nebraska, 2-0
Robin Mackin tossed a three-hit shutout to lead the Nebraska Softball team (8-5) over No. 11/8 Georgia Tech, 2-0, Friday night at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. The Yellow Jackets stranded eight runners on base, including six in scoring position. The Huskers scored both of their runs in the seventh inning against Tech freshman Hope Rush. 

No. 18 FSU Splits 2 Friday
The No.18/22 Florida State fell by a score of 4-3 to Illinois and then demolished Southern Illinois, 9-1, in the first day of the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga.

The loss to the Illini marked the end to FSU's (12-2) 11-game win streak and signaled the conclusion of a run of six-straight shutouts. The Seminoles' run-rule triumph over Southern Illinois was their fifth mercy-rule game of the year.

Senior Terese Gober got the loss and the win Friday as she gave up the game-winning homerun against Illinois after replacing Sarah Hamilton. She was able to quickly shake it off, though, and was masterful in her 4 2/3 innings of work against Southern Illinois.

UVa Splits Pair of Games at Cavalier Invitational
The University of Virginia softball team (3-6) split a pair of games Friday on the first day of the Cavalier Invitational, which is being held at Captains Field in Newport News, Va.

The Cavaliers earned a 9-1 victory over George Washington to open the day. Virginia outhit the Colonials 12-3 in the winning effort, led by multi-hit performances from Clara Kendall and Abby Snyder.

Freshman Melanie Mitchell earned the win after tossing four innings and allowing one run on one hit, a solo home run by Kristina Wright. Mitchell fanned five batters and picked up her third win of the season. Nicole Koren came on to toss the final inning; she recorded two strikeouts in the stanza. 

Terps Rout Iowa, Fall to No. 7 Alabama
The Maryland softball team routed Iowa 11-1 Friday evening and fell to No. 7 Alabama 4-1 Friday afternoon in their first two games of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association's Leadoff Classic tournament. The Terps are now 3-4 on the year moving into Saturday's competition.

Against the Hawkeyes, the Terrapin offense exploded at the plate, scoring in every inning and claiming the win in just five innings. They were led by junior Marisha Branson, who collected three RBI on a bases-loaded triple, and senior Alex Schultz who knocked in two runs.

After leading for four innings, the Terps fell to No. 7 Alabama 4-1 Friday afternoon in their first game of the NFCA Leadoff Classic. Junior pitcher Kerry Hickey led the way for the Terps with six strikouts in her 5.2 innings on the mound and a run and a hit at the plate.

NC State Trumps No. 24 UMass, 3-1
NC State got revenge on No. 24 UMass with a 3-1 win on Friday, Feb. 26 at the 2010 NFCA Leadoff Classic. The Wolfpack dropped its season opener to the Minutewomen two weeks ago in Miami.

The win pushes the Pack to 7-5 on the year, while UMass slides to 5-2. 

Illinois State Downs NC State
NC State softball lost its first game at the 2010 NFCA Leadoff Classic to Illinois State (10-0) on Friday, Feb. 26. The loss moves the Wolfpack to 6-5 on the year, while the Redbirds climb to 6-3.

Landon Warren, Alyssa Ishibashi and Breanna Andrews all had hits for NCSU. 

Hokies fall twice at Leadoff Classic
The Virginia Tech softball team dropped a pair of games Friday at the exalted NFCA Leadoff Classic. Tech opened the day with a tough 3-2 loss to undefeated Hofstra before suffering a 9-4 loss to No. 6/4 Missouri.

Trailing 1-0 in the second inning of the first game, Ashton Ward tied it up with a single to the gap to drive in Courtney Liddle from second base. But Tech couldn’t hold the lead as the Pride plated a run in the second and one more in third, one on a groundout and one on a wild pitch.

Liddle brought the Hokies back to within a run in the fourth inning with a towering home run down the left field line, her fourth of the year. Tech had a chance in the seventh, getting a leadoff single from Ward. But Kristen Froehlich popped up the bunt attempt for the first out and then pinch hitter Kelsey Hensel fouled out to left and Bkaye Smith struck out looking to end the game.