Softball ACCtion: Saturday, March 12

March 14, 2010

FSU Splits 2 With UNC Saturday
The No. 16 Florida State softball team kicked off its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule by splitting two games with No. 18 North Carolina Saturday at the Seminole Softball Complex.

FSU (22-3, 1-1 ACC) dropped the first of two games on the day as the Tar Heels (17-5, 1-1) rode the hot pitching of starter Danielle Spaulding and then exploded in the top of the eighth for a 5-0 win.

In the second game, junior Jen Lapicki made sure the Seminoles wouldn't fall to 0-2 in conference play as she smacked the game-winning double in the bottom of the seventh to give the 'Noles a 2-1 triumph.

NC State Beats NC AT&T and Delaware State
Stephanie Call won her fourth-straight start in the circle and went 3-for-4 at the plate with a home run and two RBIs as NC State topped North Carolina A&T, 5-4, in its second game at the Winthrop/adidas Invitational on Saturday, March 13.

NC State softball bested Delaware State, 4-3, in eight innings at the Winthrop/adidas Invitational on Saturday, March 13. Breanna Andrews hit two home runs, including the first of her career, while Alicia Abbott hit her second long ball of the season.

The wins pushed the Wolfpack to 15-9 on the year.

No. 11/8 Softball Beats Mercer, Falls To Fordham At Springhill Suites Buckhead Classic
Redshirt senior Jen Yee went 5-for-5 with two home runs, a double, five RBI and three walks as the No. 11/8 Georgia Tech Softball team (20-3) split a pair of games on the first day of the inaugural Springhill Suites Buckhead Classic at Mewborn Field. The Yellow Jackets beat Mercer 8-2 in the first game, but fell to Fordham, 2-1 in eight innings in the night cap. Yee now has 15 home runs on the season which leads the ACC.

In game one against Mercer, the Yellow Jackets wasted no time in jumping on starting pitcher Jessie Holmes for five runs in the first inning. After sophomore Kelsi Weseman singled, redshirt senior Jen Yee hit a line drive, two-run home run over the fence in left-center field, her ACC high 14th of the year. Later in the inning after two Mercer errors, sophomore Jessica Sinclair hit a three-run home run to make it a 5-0 game. It marked the second straight game that Sinclair has hit a three-run home run and was her fifth round-tripper on the year.

Mercer got one of the runs back in the top of the second inning as Kristin Marko led off with a solo home run off Tech sophomore pitcher Jessica Coan.  

Tech drops two close ones in Boca Raton
The Virginia Tech softball team dropped a pair of close games Saturday at the FAU Parents' Weekend Tournament, falling 2-0 in eight innings to Western Kentucky before losing to Iowa 6-5 in the second game of the day.

After a rough first game, the Hokies played much better in the second contest against Iowa, but still fell short. The Hawkeyes jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but a Kelsey Hensel double drove in Kristen Froehlich. Iowa got two more runs in the third inning and one more in the fourth to make it 6-1. In the fifth inning, Betty Rose scored when Richelle McGarva reached on an error and then the Hokies mounted a serious rally in the sixth stanza.

Froehlich tripled and scored on Hensel's single up the middle. Rose walked and Bkaye Smith singled to load the bases. Ashton Ward plated a run with a single and McGarva drove in a run with a ground out, but Whitney Davis grounded out with runners on second and third to end the inning and the Hokies didn't threaten in the seventh, falling 6-5.

Boston College Loses To Middle Tennessee State In Extra-Innings, 6-4
The Boston College softball team lost a hard-fought game on Saturday afternoon falling to Middle Tennessee State 6-4 in eight innings at the Under Armour South Florida Tournament in Tampa, Florida.

The loss is the fourth in a row for the Eagles dropping them to 7-8 for the season, while the win improves Middle Tennessee State to 5-8.

Pitching dominated the first three innings of play as both teams combined to only manage one hit, and that was a single by Amy Tunstall.