Softball ACCtion: Friday, March 5

March 6, 2010

Balanced Attack Leads No. 12/9 Georgia Tech Past Seton Hall, 16-0
Eight different players had at least one hit and RBI as the No. 12/9 Georgia Tech Softball team (14-2) defeated Seton Hall (1-6), 16-0 in five innings Friday night at the Buzz Classic. Freshman Hope Rush went 2-for-2 with a two-run home run, while sophomores Kelsi Weseman and Shannon Bear added two hits apiece.

Weseman went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI, while redshirt senior Jen Yee was 1-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI extending her hitting streak to 16 games. Bear scored three runs in addition to her two hits, while juniors Kristine Priebe and Jessica Weaver combined for five RBI. This marked the most runs the Yellow Jackets have scored since beating Virginia Tech 21-5 on March 18, 2007.

Sophomore Jessica Coan (4-0) picked up the win for Tech as she allowed just one hit over four innings. She walked one and struck out 10. 

No. 18 FSU Beats EMU and FAU
The No. 18 Florida State softball team began play at the FAU Miken Classic Friday in Boca Raton, Fla. with an 8-0 victory over Eastern Michigan and a 6-3 triumph over host-school Florida Atlantic.

In both contests, FSU (17-2) - as has been its calling card all season - utilized precision pitching and timely hitting to secure wins.

Sarah Hamilton, who was named to the NFCA Leadoff Classic All-Tournament last weekend behind two no-hit performances, earned her eighth consecutive victory of the year against the Eagles.

Spaulding Pitches Gem As Carolina Wins, 3-1, Over Northwestern
Senior pitcher Danielle Spaulding delivered in the circle and at the plate as the No. 20 (11-3) North Carolina Tar Heels beat the (6-9) Northwestern Wildcats, 3-1. Spaulding pitched a complete game, holding Northwestern to one run and struck out 14 batters as the Tar Heels win, 3-1. With the bat, Spaulding blasted a pitch over the left-center fence in the first inning to give the Tar Heels' a lead never to be relinquished.

Christine Knauer led off the game offensively for the Tar Heels with a walk on four pitches. Two wild pitches advanced her to third and in scoring position for Carolina. Danielle Spaulding brought Knauer home courtesy of a two-run shot to left-center giving Carolina a 2-0 lead. The two-time ACC Player of the Year now has four home runs on the year. Ally Blake continued the inning for the Heels by walking on a full-count. Freshman Chelsea Butler pinch ran for Blake advancing to second on a wild pitch. First baseman Constance Orr followed by walking on four pitches. The fourth wild pitch of the inning for Northwestern's Lauren Delaney advanced both runners to second and third base. Next up, Brittany McKinney defended the plate before striking out on a change up, ending the inning for Carolina with a 2-0 lead.

Spaulding again started strong, recording the first eight outs of the game courtesy of strikeouts. With the win, the two-time ACC Player of the Year is now 6-1 on the season. Spaulding finished the game with 14 punch-outs. With today's performance, Spaulding has now struck out at least 10 batters in six straight starts.

Tar Heels Continue To Roll With 7-5 Win Over Indiana
A fabulous game from Amber Johnson, led the No. 20 (12-3) North Carolina Tar Heels to a 7-5 victory over the (5-8) Indiana Hoosiers. Johnson pitched a great game for Carolina as the Tar Heels won its second game in the DeMarini Invitational on Friday. Indiana trailed most of the game, but crawled back with a four-run fifth inning. In the end, it was not enough as Carolina continued its 11 game winning streak.

Carolina jumped on the Hoosiers early courtesy of small ball. Christine Knauer manufactured a run by getting on base with an infield hit, stealing second and then scoring on a throwing error by the first baseman to third after Dani Manko retired at first on a grounder to shortstop. The overthrown ball went over the third baseman's head and allowed Knauer to score easily. Knauer's stolen base is her 14th this season, which leads the ACC. The run gave Carolina an early 1-0 lead.

The Tar Heels kept the foot on the pedal in the second inning. Anna Roberts started the run with singling to center field. Next up, Brittany McKinney reached by a walk. Kelli Wheeler singled to left field to load the bases for Kelsey Green. Green, the Tar Heels number nine hitter singled to right to score Roberts. An illegal pitch scored McKinney to give the Heels a 3-0 lead. Head Coach Donna Papa called on for hot-hitting pinch hitter Cara Vitale to face the new Hoosiers' pitcher Monica Wright. Wright scored the two runners on another two illegal pitches to further the Heels' lead to 5-0. Vitale would go on to walk and be replaced with a re-entering Christine Knauer. Knauer would take off and steal another bag, her 15th on the year. Knauer would advance to third on a Danielle Spaulding infield hit. Knauer scored on a double steal as freshman pinch runner Elisha Elliot stole second base and Knauer took off for home to continue to further the Tar Heels' to 6-0.

Pitching Leads Maryland To Two Round Robin Wins
The Maryland softball team won both of its games Friday afternoon in the Maryland Round Robin tournament. The Terrapin pitching staff led the way past Princeton, 9-0, and Mount St. Mary's, 2-0, with 11 hitless innings on the mound. The Terps moved to 6-6 on the year with the two victories.

Sophomore Kendra Knight and junior Kerry Hickey combined for 22 strikeouts in 14 innings - Knight striking out 12 and Hickey with 10. Between the two of them, they gave up just three hits and five walks without allowing a run to score.

Knight started the Terps' first game, which was against Princeton. She threw six no-hit innings before allowing the Tigers' Jamie Lettire a double to centerfield in the bottom of the seventh. She struck out the final two Tigers' batters to close the inning. She started off hot, striking out five of the first six Princeton batters.

Roark, Liddle shine in win over Chattanooga
Behind a stellar effort in the circle from Kenzie Roark and timely hitting, the Virginia Tech softball team broke its losing streak with an impressive 4-0 win over Chattanooga Friday afternoon on the first day of the USF Under Armour Invitational.

A scoreless game until the sixth inning, freshman Bkaye Smith singled up the middle and stole second base and scored on Ashton Ward's single to right field. But the Hokies weren't done as freshman Courtney Liddle later crushed a three-run home run to left field, her fifth of the season to make it 4-0.

That would be more than enough for Roark, who pitched perhaps the best game of her career. The junior allowed just one infield hit and struck out a career-high 10 batters while issuing no walks.

Hokies complete perfect day at Under Armour Invite
Eight of the nine starters picked up hits and starting pitcher Jasmin Harrell tossed a four-hitter as the Virginia Tech softball team earned a hard-fought 3-1 win over Boston University Friday night to complete a 2-0 day at the USF Under Armour Invitational.

Tech got two runs in the third inning to break things open. Bkaye Smith drew a walk and stole second before moving up on a groundout. Junior Richelle McGarva came through with a sharp double to the gap and then she scored on an error. The Terriers cut it to one run with a sacrifice fly, but the Hokies scored on another error in the fourth and then held on with solid defense for the win.

Harrell (W, 4-2) pitched a gem, allowing one unearned run on four hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. She also made three outstanding plays in the field to save herself from potential big innings.

NC State Handles Coastal Carolina, 8-2
Landon Warren went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in leading NC State to an 8-2 win over Coastal Carolina at the Wolfpack Challenge on Friday, March 5. Stephanie Call knocked in three runs, and Alicia Abbott drove in two.

The win pushes the Pack's record to 10-7, while the Chanticleers move to 5-8.

Lindsay Campana (7-2) allowed four hits and struck out nine in six innings of work, while Morgan Peeler got the final three outs and allowed one earned run. Katelin Edwards (2-3) took the loss for Coastal Carolina.

Boston College Slips By Providence, 2-1
The Boston College softball team started the Central Florida Tournament off on a good note with a 2-1 win over New England rival Providence at the UCF Softball Complex in Orlando, Fla.

The win improves Boston College to 6-4 on the season, while the loss drops Providence to 2-10.

Offense was very hard to come by for both teams in the first four innings of this game as freshman Nicole D'Argento (3-1) and Alicia Grosso only allowed a combined three hits in that span.