Softball ACCtion: Wednesday, March 10

March 10, 2010

Virginia Downs Norfolk State 9-1 and 3-2
The Virginia softball team (10-9) downed Norfolk State 9-1 and 3-2 in a doubleheader Wednesday at The Park.

Senior Nicole Koren and freshman Kristen Hawkins both went yard in game one, while sophomore Kennedy Byxbee went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead Virginia in game two.

Virginia outhit the Spartans 9-1 in the first game, led by multi-hit performances from Giannina Cipolloni and Sarah Tacke. Cipolloni, Tacke and Hawkins each finished with two RBI in the winning effort. Alex Skinkis, Clara Kendall and Abby Snyder also recorded singles for the Orange and Blue. 

Terps Sweep Howard 3-0 & 9-1
Senior Alex Schultz led the Terps to a 3-0 win over Howard in game one of a doubleheader Wednesday night. Schultz hit a home run to left field in the bottom of the fourth inning to jumpstart the Terrapin offense. Maryland took game two, 9-1, in six innings.

Six Terrapins earned hits in the win. Sophomore Kendra Knight, the reigning ACC Pitcher of the Week, had 11 strikeouts in a complete one-hit game. She gave up just two walks in the win.

In the nightcap, designated player Lexi Carroll went 2-for-3 with five RBIs and a run scored. Kerry Hickey struck out 11 batters in six innings of work while giving up just an unearned run. 

NC State Blanks Camels, 3-0
NC State shut out Campbell, 3-0, in the second game of a doubleheader on Wednesday, March 10. The win pushes the Wolfpack to 13-9 on the year, while the Camels dip to 3-13-1.

Stephanie Call (4-1) won her third decision in a row, while Brittany Stanley (0-6) took the loss

NC State Drops First Game at Campbell
A big bottom of the sixth allowed Campbell to erase a 2-0 NC State lead for a 4-3 victory in the first game of a doubleheader on Wednesday, March 10.

Lindsay Campana (8-3) struck out 11 and allowed just one earned run in the loss. Christina Melton (2-4) got the win for the Camels.

Carolina Falls To UCLA, 1-0
Danielle Spaulding pitched a great game for the No. 18 (16-4) North Carolina Tar Heels, but in the end it was not enough as the No. 6 (16-5) UCLA Bruins prevailed, 1-0. Carolina had a difficult time all day, only gathering one hit as the Tar Heels 15-game winning streak comes to an end at the hand's of the home Bruins. UCLA's solo home run in the second inning was the only difference between the two ranked teams.

Today's match up between the two powerhouses featured two of the nation's top pitchers in Danielle Spaulding matching off with UCLA's Donna Kerr. Both Kerr and Spaulding dominate hitters, striking out hitters to the tune of 9.54 and 12.77 respectively per seven innings pitched this season.

In the bottom of the second inning, UCLA finally caught up to Spaulding when Julie Burney homered to right field. The solo shot gave UCLA a 1-0 lead. The home run was the fourth of the season given up by Spaulding, who has only given up eight total runs all year.