Softball ACCtion: Saturday, March 6

March 6, 2010

Jen Yee Leads No. 12/9 Softball To Two Wins At Buzz Classic
Redshirt senior Jen Yee reached base in all seven of her plate appearances as the No. 12/9 Georgia Tech Softball team (16-2) beat James Madison (7-5), 11-0 in six innings and No. 23 Kentucky (12-5), 6-3, Saturday at the Buzz Classic. Yee went 5-for-5 with five runs scored, two home runs, four RBI, two stolen bases and two walks as she has now hit safely in all 18 games this season for the Yellow Jackets.

Both of Yee's home runs came in the night cap against the Wildcats. Sophomore Danielle Dike was 3-for-4 with two home runs and six RBI in the first game against James Madison. Freshmen Hope Rush and Caitlin Jordan also added home runs on the day for the Yellow Jackets bringing the team's season total up to 40 in 18 games. Rush, junior Kristine Priebe and junior Jessica Weaver had two hits apiece for Tech on the day.

Game one was scoreless until the top of the third inning when the Yellow Jackets scored a pair of runs off James Madison starting pitcher Cara Stecher. Yee got it started with a single up the middle extending her hitting streak to 17 games now. After singles by Rush and Priebe loaded the bases, a sac fly by Adkins put Georgia Tech up 1-0. Sophomore Danielle Dike added a RBI singe as well in the inning to give the Yellow Jackets a 2-0 advantage.

Hamilton Shines For FSU
A day of terrific pitching by Sarah Hamilton helped the No. 18 Florida State softball team stay undefeated at the FAU Miken Classic in Boca Raton, Fla.

Hamilton picked up a tough save and then tossed a two-hitter in FSU's (19-2) victories over Connecticut and Michigan State Saturday on the campus of Florida Atlantic University.

After coming on in the seventh in a high-pressure situation to stave off pesky UConn by a score of 5-4 earlier in the day, the Tallahassee native allowed just two hits - both of which occurred in the final inning - in the 'Noles' 3-1 win over MSU.

Spaulding Dominates No. 10 Stanford As Heels Win, 3-0
Senior pitcher Danielle Spaulding pitched a masterful game for the No. 20 (14-3) North Carolina Tar Heels in a 3-0 win over the No. 10 (14-3) Stanford Cardinal. Spaulding dominated the Cardinal hitters, striking out 18 and carrying a perfect game into the seventh inning. Carolina now has four wins in the DeMarini Invitational and 13 straight this season.

The 18 strikeouts is the second most in the history of UNC Softball, set by Spaulding herself last year against Campbell when she tallied 19 punch-outs.

Amber Johnsons Two-Hits Pacific As Carolina Rolls, 3-1
Thanks to another strong pitching performance from Amber Johnson and a home run down the right field line by first baseman Danielle Spaulding the No. 20 (13-3) North Carolina Tar Heels beat the (5-8) Pacific Tigers, 3-1. The win is Carolina's third straight in the DeMarini invitational and 12th consecutive on the year. Johnson held Pacific to only two hits, carrying a no-hitter through six innings and earned her seventh win of the year as Carolina continued its hot streak.

To start the game, senior shortstop Christine Knauer looped a hit over the second baseman's head for a single. Outfielder Dani Manko followed Knauer with a single to center field advancing the shortstop to second base. Knauer stole third base off a Pacific mistake, the Tigers attempted a pick off from catcher to second base. Knauer advanced to third base for her ACC-leading 17th of the year. A sacrifice fly from Spaulding to left field scored Knauer and gave the Tar Heels a 1-0 lead.

Virginia Sweeps Day One of Cavalier Classic
The Virginia softball team picked up two wins after sweeping day one of the Cavalier Classic Saturday at The Park in Charlottesville, Va.

The Cavaliers defeated Delaware State 7-0 before beating Columbia 9-3.

Against the Hornets (5-1) in the first of two games, freshman Melanie Mitchell tossed a one-hitter to pick up her fourth victory of the season. The Cavaliers registered seven hits in the victory, including a two-hit, two-RBI performance from Sarah Tacke

Boston College Off To Best Start Since 1998
Renee Ramos hit a two-run home run and Allison Gage pitched five and two thirds shutout innings to lead the Boston College softball team to a 3-1 win on Friday night over the College of Charleston.

The win gives the Eagles a doubleheader sweep in day one of the Central Florida Tournament down in Orlando, Fla.

Boston College now moves to 7-4 on the season which is the best 11 game start to a season for the Eagles since 1998 when they went 9-2.

NC State Wallops Stony Brook, 9-3
Stephanie Call (3-1) allowed just two hits and the Wolfpack offense supplied 12 as NC State rolled Stony Brook 9-3 at the Wolfpack Challenge on Saturday, March 6.

The win moves the Wolfpack to 11-8, while the Seawolves fall to 3-5.

Hoyas Beat Wolfpack
NC State (10-8) fell to Georgetown (6-6), 8-2, at the Wolfpack Challenge on Saturday, March 6. Landon Warren went 3-for-4 at the plate with a run scored, while Stephanie Call added two hits.

Morgan Peeler (1-5) was hit with the loss, while Mackensey Carter (2-2) picked up the decision.

Terps Power Past Princeton, 7-5
The Maryland softball team split its games Saturday, falling to Towson 2-0 in its first game and powering past Princeton 7-5, to move to 7-7 on the year. Sophomore pitcher Kendra Knight threw 18 strikeouts against Towson and held them scoreless through five innings.

In a tight pitcher's duel with Towson's Katie Lingmai, Knight did not allow a hit until the top of the sixth inning and struck out 13 of the first 16 Towson batters. The Tigers scored the only runs of the game in the sixth, when Towson's Sammi DiPompo singled to center. The Tigers' Courtney Wittner scored DiPompo and pinch runner Kelly Lyons with a triple. Knight stuck out the final Towson batter to close the inning.

In game two, junior Kerry Hickey started on the mound. She threw 10 strikeouts in her six innings of work and gave up just one walk.

Hokies split at Under Armour Invitational
The Virginia Tech softball squad split a pair of games Saturday at the USF Under Armour Invitational, falling to No. 24 Massachusetts 3-0 before bouncing back to beat Quinnipiac, 2-1 in eight innings.

In the day’s second game, it was the Ashton Ward show as the junior transfer played her best game in the maroon and orange. She pitched seven innings, allowing one unearned runs on four hits with seven strikeouts. She also picked up four hits, including the game winner in extra innings.

The game was scoreless until the sixth inning when the Bobcats plated a run. The Hokies responded when Whitney Davis, after fouling off several pitches, doubled to the gap to tie the game up. In the eighth, Jasmin Harrell was brought in and struck out two to get out of the inning. In the bottom of the eighth, Ward tried to get the bunt down, but failed twice and then laced a double to left to score Bkaye Smith to give the Hokies the win.