Softball ACCtion: Sunday, March 7

March 7, 2010

No. 12/9 Georgia Tech Beats Dartmouth, Ole Miss To Capture Buzz Classic
The No. 12/9 Georgia Tech Softball team (18-2) defeated Dartmouth (1-5), 8-1, and Mississippi (13-8), 1-0, Sunday afternoon to win the 2010 Buzz Classic. A RBI single by freshman Caitlin Jordan was all freshman pitcher Hope Rush needed in the finale against Ole Miss. Rush tossed a two-hit shutout as she struck out five and did not walk a batter.

Redshirt senior Jen Yee was 3-for-4 with her 13th home run of the season against Dartmouth, but saw her 19-game hitting streak come to an end against the Rebels as she was 0-for-1 with two walks. Sophomore Shannon Bear hit her first home run of the season against Dartmouth as well.

Yee wasted no time in putting Tech on top 1-0 in the first inning against the Big Green. Her solo home run was her 13th of the season and extended her hitting streak to 19. The Yellow Jackets then added two more runs in the second to make it a 3-0 game. Sophomore Kelsi Weseman had a RBI single and another run scored on an error by the Dartmouth first baseman after an infield single by junior Christy Jones. 

Best Start Since '93 For FSU
The 18th-ranked Florida State softball is off to its best start since the 1993 season after defeating Miami (Oh), 4-0, Sunday at the FAU Miken Classic.

The Seminoles are now 20-2 on the year as the outcome against the Redhawks keeps them perfect in Boca Raton, Fla.

Sarah Hamilton picked up her 10th win of the season by tossing four innings of four-hit softball. She struck out eight of the 15 batters she saw and didn't walk anyone.

Tar Heels Tame Lions, 5-1, In Final Game Of DeMarini Invitational
A two-run home run from Kelli Wheeler powered the No. 20 (15-3) North Carolina Tar Heels over the (3-6) Loyola Marymount Lions, 5-1 Amber Johnson held the Lions to one run on five hits as Carolina finished out the DeMarini Invitational undefeated.

In the first inning, Carolina gathered three hits from Danielle Spaulding, Constance Orr and Anna Roberts, but could not convert any into runs. The Tar Heels left three on base and left the inning scoreless.

On the first pitch of the second inning, Loyola Marymount hit Brittany McKinney with a pitch to give the Tar Heels an early baserunner. Head Coach Donna Papa called on freshman Tisha Mahon to pinch run for McKinney. A perfectly laid bunt by Kelli Wheeler advanced Mahon to second base. Kelsey Green looped a single over the shortstop's head to give the Heels the lead, 1-0. 

UVa Takes Cavalier Classic Crown
The Virginia softball team improved to 8-7 this season after shutting out Columbia 8-0 and Delaware State 9-0 Saturday at The Park. The Cavaliers finished the round-robin tournament with a 4-0 record on the weekend.

Freshman Melanie Mitchell tossed a complete game in the win over the Lions, allowing just two hits in five innings or work. She finished with five strikeouts and one walk.

Virginia outhit Columbia (0-4) 13-2 for the game, led by two hits each from Giannina Cipolloni, Sarah Tacke, Alex Skinkis, Kristen Hawkins, Abby Snyder and Taylor Williams. 

NC State Wins Wolfpack Challenge over Longwood
NC State topped Longwood 7-1 to win its own Wolfpack Challenge on Sunday, March 7 at the Curtis & Jacqueline Dail Softball Stadium. Bridget Desbois was named tournament MVP after making several phenomenal defensive plays and hitting .545 throughout the weekend.

Lindsay Campana and Landon Warren were also named to the all-tournament team in addition to Desbois.

The win moves the Wolfpack to 12-8 on the year, while the Lancers fall to 9-7.

Terps Hold Off Mount, 4-2
The Maryland softball team beat state-rival Mount St. Mary's Sunday afternoon, 4-2, behind senior Alex Schultz's three hits and sophomore Vangie Galindo's four RBI. The Terrapins are now 8-7 on the year and went 4-1 over the weekend in the Maryland Round Robin.

Junior Kerry Hickey started on the mound for the Terrapins. The Mountaineers loaded the bases with one out in the top of the first inning, but Hickey struck out the last two batters to close the inning and keep the game scoreless.

Neither team found the plate until Galindo doubled to centerfield in the bottom of the fourth to score freshman Nikki Maier and senior Nadine Blackie from first and second. The Terps took a 2-0 lead. 

Hokies fall to Memphis, 2-0
A two-run home run in the first inning was all Memphis needed in downing the Virginia Tech softball squad 2-0 Sunday at the USF Under Armour Invitational. Tech finishes the tournament with a 3-2 mark.

Lelani Bernardino led off the game with a sharp single and two batters later, Leigh Rowan poked a two-run shot to left-center field to make it 2-0. That would be all the scoring as neither team had serious threats the rest of the way.

Tech’s bats went silent as the Hokies picked up just three hits, two singles from Bkaye Smith and one from Whitney Davis. Kristin Graham drew two walks.

Offense Stalls As BC Drops Three Games In Central Florida Tournament
The Boston College softball team had its bats suddenly go silent on day's two and three of the Central Florida Tournament on Saturday and Sunday at the UCF Softball Complex in Orlando, Fla.

The Eagles started Saturday with a tough 2-1 loss to Central Florida, then on Saturday night lost another close one to Georgia Southern 3-2 and on Sunday morning Boston College fell to cross-town rival Harvard 4-0.

The two day's results moves Boston College to 7-7 on the year. The wins improve Central Florida to 11-8, Georgia Southern to 10-6 and Harvard to 2-3 for the season.