Softball ACCtion: Sunday, February 28

Feb. 28, 2010

No. 11/8 Georgia Tech Erases 5-0 Deficit, Beats Iowa 9-8 In 8 Innings
Sophomore Kelsi Weseman had a two-run double in the top of the eighth inning and freshman Hope Rush pitched out of a bases loaded and no out jam to lead the No. 11/8 Georgia Tech Softball team (13-2) to a 9-8 win over Iowa (7-7) Sunday morning in the NFCA Leadoff Classic. The Yellow Jackets overcame a 5-0 deficit at one point in the game which featured six ties and lead changes.

Freshman Caitlin Jordan led the offensive attack going 3-for-3 with a walk and a RBI, while sophomore Kate Kuzma was 2-for-4 and hit her third home run of the season. Junior Kristen Adkins also had a pair of hits for the Jackets. Redshirt senior Jen Yee was 1-for-3 with two walks and a two-run home run which she hit to put Tech up 7-6 in the seventh inning. The home run for Yee was her fifth of the weekend, 10th of the season and extended her hitting streak to 15 straight games.

Rush (7-2) got the win as she went the distance and worked out of several late-inning jams with the game on the line. She was charged with eight runs (only two earned) on 15 hits and two walks. Eight of Iowa's 15 hits were bunt singles. Georgia Tech overcame six errors in the game as it erased a 5-0 deficit to win for the second time this season.

FSU Clobbers Kent State, 6-0
Seniors Carly Wynn and Tory Haddad both homered and the 18th-ranked Florida State softball team clobbered Kent State, 6-0, Sunday afternoon.

The win concludes the trip to Columbus, Ga. for a Seminoles (15-2) team that went 4-1 over the course of the three-day NFCA Leadoff Classic.

Sarah Hamilton got the call in the circle against KSU less than 24 hours after her no-hit performance versus Hofstra the night before.

North Carolina Survives Early Scare, Tops James Madison, 5-1
The No. 23/25 North Carolina Tar Heels survived an early scare to best the James Madison Dukes, 5-1, in the Championship Game of the Tar Heel Invitational. Senior pitcher Danielle Spaulding held James Madison to only one run and the Tar Heel bats came alive late to give Carolina its tenth win this season.

North Carolina almost put a run on the board early when Christine Knauer reached first on an infield hit and quickly stole second base. She was advanced to third on an Anna Roberts infield grounder to the second baseman. Carolina could not take advantage of the early scoring threat and left the inning scoreless.

James Madison pitcher Cara Stecher was clearly on her game today and stagnated the Tar Heel offense, holding Carolina without a run for the first four innings.

Six-Run Seventh Lifts NC State Over Salukis, 7-6
Down five with one out in the top of the seventh, NC State softball mounted a six-run rally to deflate Southern Illinois 7-6 at the 2010 NFCA Leadoff Classic on Sunday, Feb. 28.

The Wolfpack victory moves the team to 9-6 on the year, while the Salukis slide to 10-5.

Stephanie Call (2-1) got the win in the circle, aiding herself with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate with three RBIs and a long ball. Allison Presnell and Kristine Bechtholdt also drove pitches out of the park, with Bechtholdt going 3-for-4 and putting the Pack ahead for good.

Boston College Splits Doubleheader On Final Day Of Hatter Classic
The Boston College softball team split its two games on day two of the Hatter Classic on Sunday evening by defeating Bethune-Cookman 6-2 in the early game, but later falling to Stetson, 5-3, in the nightcap at Patricia Wilson Field in Deland, Fl.

The day's results moves Boston College to 5-3 on the year. The loss drops Bethune-Cookman to 4-9, while the win improves Stetson to 7-6 for the season.

Boston College was declared the winner of the Hatter Classic finishing with a 3-1 record. Bethune-Cookman and Stetson both finished 2-2, and Albany went 1-3 for the tournament. 

Maryland Falls To #4/4 Michigan
The Maryland softball team fell to No. 4/4 Michigan 9-0 Sunday afternoon in its final game of the 2010 NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga. The Terrapins are now 4-6 on the year after the first two weeks of the season.

Junior Marisha Branson was named to the Leadoff Classic All-Tournament team for her performance over the last five games. She finished the weekend going 6-for-11 at the plate with a batting average of .545. She knocked in seven RBI, scored four runs, and hit a double, a triple and a home run.

She also carries a near-perfect fielding percentage on the year starting the last six games at second base. For the season, Branson is batting .333 and is the team's RBI leader. 

Auburn Edges NC State, 2-1
Lindsay Campana (6-2) tied her career high for strikeouts in a single game with 14, but two hits and two costly errors doomed NC State in a 2-1 loss to Auburn in the Pack’s final game at the 2010 NFCA Leadoff Classic on Sunday, Feb. 28.

Anna Thompson (4-4) earned the win for Auburn in relief.

Alyssa Ishibashi belted a 1-1 pitch over the fence to lead off the bottom of the first, giving NC State a 1-0 lead.

Tech concludes Leadoff Classic with tough loss to Huskers
The Virginia Tech softball team wrapped up a tough weekend of play at the NFCA Leadoff Classic with a 2-0 loss to Nebraska Sunday afternoon. The loss caps off a 0-5 weekend and extends the Hokies’ losing streak to nine games, the third-longest in program history.

The Cornhuskers strung together a pair of hard hits to plate a run in the bottom of the first inning to jump out to a quick lead. Tech had a great chance to take the lead in the third inning, but some spectacular defense by the Huskers quashed the rally. Richelle McGarva doubled down the line to move Bkaye Smith to third and then Courtney Liddle ripped a shot, but third baseman Heidi Foland dived to her left and snatched the ball out of the air to save two runs.

That would be the best chance for the Tech squad as the Hokies went quietly the rest of the game. Nebraska tacked on an unearned run in the sixth to seal the win.