Softball ACCtion: Saturday, February 27

Feb. 28, 2010

No. 11/8 Georgia Tech Hits Five Home Runs In 11-2 Win Over Arkansas
The No. 11/8 Georgia Tech Softball team (11-2) hit five home runs en route to an 11-2, five-inning win over Arkansas (7-5) Saturday morning at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. Redshirt senior Jen Yee went 3-for-3 with a pair of two-run home runs and extended her hitting streak to 13 games.

It was Yee's first multi-home run game in a Yellow Jacket uniform and she now leads the team with eight round-trippers on the season. Sophomore Kelsi Weseman had a three-run home run and went 2-for-3 with two runs scored from the leadoff spot. Junior Kristen Adkins and sophomore Kate Kuzma also had two-run home runs for the Jackets who have hit 30 as a team in 13 games. Junior Kristine Priebe saw her career-high six-game hitting streak come to an end but she did walk twice and score a pair of runs.

Jen Yee's Ninth Home Run Leads No. 11/8 Georgia Tech Past No. 18/20 Louisiana, 7-1
Redshirt senior Jen Yee went 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBI as the No. 11/8 Georgia Tech Softball team (12-2) defeated No. 18/20 Louisiana (7-5), 7-1 Saturday night at the Leadoff Classic. The home run for Yee was her third two-run home run of the day as she hit two this morning against Arkansas. She has now hit safely in all 14 games this season and leads the team with nine round-trippers.

Freshman Hope Rush (6-2) picked up the win as she gave up just the one earned run on six hits. She walked three and struck out two. At the plate, she was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Sophomore Kelsi Weseman scored two runs for the Yellow Jackets, while junior Kristine Priebe had two hits. Junior Jessica Weaver walked three times and scored a pair of runs. 

Hamilton Tosses No-Hitter
Junior Sarah Hamilton threw a no-hitter Saturday and the No. 18/22 Florida State softball team earned wins over Mississippi Valley State and Hofstra at day two of the NFCA Leadoff Classic.

A day after bashing out nine runs in a run-rule win over Southern Illinois, the Seminoles (14-2) took down Mississippi Valley State, 8-3, in a morning matchup and then beat up Hofstra, 8-0, in the nightcap behind Hamilton's performance.

The Pride had entered the night undefeated in three prior games at the Classic.

Amber Johnson No-Hits Pittsburgh As Tar Heels Roll 8-0
The No. 23/25 North Carolina Tar Heels (9-3) continued their winning ways during the Tar Heel Invitational Saturday evening, defeating the Pittsburgh Panthers (2-5) by the score of 8-0. The Heels rode the arm of senior pitcher, Amber Johnson to victory, as she tossed seven shutout innings, striking out ten Pittsburgh batters along the way.

Enter Tar Heel pitcher Amber Johnson. The senior looked masterful, as she flirted with perfection, completing the second no hitter of her career. The Panthers only reached base twice, on a walk and HBP respectively. Johnson dominated the Panther hitters, who had trouble keeping up with her blistering fastball, to the tune of ten strikeouts. This marks the third consecutive start for Johnson with at least ten strikeouts. The win brings her win total on the season to five, the most of any Tar Heel in 2010.

The no-hitter is the first for Johnson since the game on Feb. 17, 2006 against the Toledo Rockets. As a team Carolina has held the opposition to no hits four times already this season. In fact, in Carolina's last six games four have been no-hitters (three coming from fellow senior pitcher Danielle Spaulding). 

NC State Overcomes Mississippi State, 4-3
Timely hitting, sound defense and solid pitching led NC State past Mississippi State, 4-3, at the 2010 NFCA Leadoff Classic on Saturday, Feb. 27. The Wolfpack overcame an early 2-0 deficit to even the all-time series between the two programs at two wins each.

The victory sends the Pack to 8-5 on the year, while the Bulldogs fall to 7-5.

Lindsay Campana (6-1) struck out a season-high 13 batters and held MSU to five hits in earning the complete game decision. Misty Flesher (3-2) took the loss, allowing three earned runs in 4.2 innings. Stephanie Becker tossed the final inning and a third for Mississippi State. 

Maryland Beats UCF, Loses to Mississippi State
The Maryland softball team beat Central Florida 3-2 Saturday afternoon and fell to Mississippi State 5-4 earlier in the day at the 2010 National Fastpitch Coaches Association's Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga. The Terps are now 4-5 on the year.

Junior Marisha Branson led the Terrapin offensive unit in both games, going 2-for-2 at the plate in each game and knocking in four RBI. She is carrying a batting average of .400 on the year with a double, a triple a home run. She is also the Terps' RBI leader with seven, all coming this weekend.

Mississippi State took the lead early with a two-run first inning. In the top of the second, junior Kerry Hickey was called out at home as senior Alex Schultz reached third on a fielder's choice. Schultz scored two plays later on another fielder's choice to cut the Bulldogs' lead in half. Mississippi State's Ka'ili Smith homered to open the third inning, which made the score 3-1. 

Virginia Beats GW 6-0 to Conclude Cavalier Invitational
The Virginia softball team (4-7) beat George Washington 6-0 on Saturday to conclude play at the Virginia Invitational in Newport News, Va. Senior Nicole Koren threw a complete game with seven strikeouts in the winning effort.

Earlier in the day, the Cavaliers were defeated by Notre Dame, 9-0. Virginia finished tournament play with a 2-2 record.

Virginia outhit George Washington 8-4, highlighted by freshman Kristen Hawkin's three-run homer in the top of the seventh inning. Sophomore Clara Kendall and Koren each had a pair of singles while Giannina Cipolloni, Sarah Tacke and Lauren McCaskey also recorded singles. 

Late Surge Not Enough as NC State Falls to Iowa, 3-1
A late seventh inning rally wasn’t enough as NC State fell to Iowa, 3-1, on Saturday, Feb. 27 at the 2010 NFCA Leadoff Classic. The Wolfpack moves to 8-6, while the Hawkeyes climb to 7-6.

Stephanie Call led the offense with an RBI.

Morgan Peeler (1-4) took the loss, giving up two earned runs. Chelsea Lyon (3-3) got the win for Iowa. 

Auburn drops Hokies at Leadoff Classic
The Virginia Tech softball squad fell to Auburn 2-0 Saturday morning at the NFCA Leadoff Classic to fall to 0-3 at the tournament.

Tech’s Jasmin Harrell was cruising in the circle until she hit a bumpy fourth inning. A leadoff single and a towering two-run home run quickly made it 2-0.

Illini pull away late for win over Tech
The Hokie softball team jumped out to a big lead early, but couldn’t hold on in falling to the University of Illinois, 10-5, Saturday night at the NFCA Leadoff Classic.

The Hokies wasted little time in getting on the board, but got some help from the Illini. Bkaye Smith and Courtney Liddle both reached on errors and a walk from Kristin Graham loaded the bases. Senior Whitney Davis came through in the clutch, dumping a pitch into left-center field to plate a pair of runs. Ashton Ward then drove in two more with a two-strike single to center to give the Hokies a quick 4-0 on four unearned runs.

But starter Kenzie Roark (L, 1-4) couldn’t hold the early comfortable lead she was given as she struggled mightily in the circle for the 1.2 innings she lasted. Roark showed no control, throwing 63 pitches – just 36 for strikes – in her brief outing, allowing five runs on five hits with three walks, a wild pitch that scored a run and a strikeout as she was taken out trailing 5-4.