Softball ACCtion: Sunday, March 14

March 14, 2010

Kelli Wheeler's 11th Inning Home Run Powers The Tar Heels Over The Seminoles, 5-4
Left fielder Kelli Wheeler hits an 11th inning home run to give the No. 18 (18-5, 2-1 ACC) North Carolina Tar Heels the victory over the No. 16 (22-4, 1-2 ACC) Florida State Seminoles, 5-4. Catcher Ally Blake was 2 for 3 on the game with a three-run home run in the first inning. Amber Johnson relieved Danielle Spaulding and pitched 5.1 scoreless innings for the Tar Heels. Carolina takes the series 2-1 over FSU.

Carolina struck early in the first with two outs when catcher Ally Blake hit a home run over the center field fence scoring pinch runner Elisha Elliot and Anna Roberts. The runs were scored against FSU's pitcher Terese Gober, who contained the Tar Heels to only one run and three hits in yesterday's second game.

Senior (9-2) Danielle Spaulding started the game for the Tar Heels. Spaulding started yesterday's early game against FSU, pitching eight scoreless innings, striking out nine batters and gathering only five hits in Carolina's 5-0 win.

Virginia Sweeps DH at Maryland in Conference Opener
The Virginia softball team (12-9, 2-0 ACC) opened Atlantic Coast Conference play with two victories over Maryland (10-9, 0-2 ACC) to sweep the doubleheader Sunday at Taylor Stadium in College Park, Md. Behind two solid outings from pitcher Melanie Mitchell, the Cavaliers claimed the first game, 5-3, and won the second, 3-1.

It marks the first series win over Maryland since the 2006 season; the two teams played just two games of the series because of inclement weather on Saturday.

Mitchell, a native of White Plains, Md., went the distance in both contests; in the second game she allowed one earned run on eight hits with four strikeouts and just one walk. The Cavaliers had a solid defensive effort behind her.

No. 11/8 Georgia Tech Closes Out Springhill Suites Buckhead Classic With Two Wins
The No. 11/8 Georgia Tech Softball team (22-3) hit eight home runs en route to wins over Georgia State (13-8), 7-1, and Mercer (14-11), 10-5, Sunday afternoon on the final day of the inaugural Springhill Suites Buckhead Classic. Freshman Caitlin Jordan and junior Kristine Priebe each hit two home runs for the Yellow Jackets, who now have 54 in 25 games this season.

Sophomore Kelsi Weseman went 4-for-7 with two doubles and a three-run home run for Tech. Jordan had three hits, including her third and fourth round-trippers of the season, as well as four RBI, while senior Kelly Eppinger, freshman Hope Rush, Priebe, Sinclair and sophomore Kate Kuzma all had multi-hit games for the Jackets as well.

Sophomore Jessica Coan picked up the win in game one to improve to 7-0 on the season. She allowed just one Georgia State run on two hits. She did not walk a batter and struck out a career-high 12. Rush (10-3) got the win against the Bears as she gave up one run on four hits in six innings. She walked one and struck out four. Junior Kristen Adkins pitched one inning against Mercer and was charged with four runs on three hits and two walks.

NC State Clocks North Florida, 7-0
Landon Warren enjoyed the first two-homer game of her career, and Lindsay Campana allowed just two hits as NC State handled North Florida, 7-0, in its final game at the Winthrop/adidas Invitational on Sunday, March 14.

The Wolfpack moves to 16-9 with the win, while the Ospreys fall to 10-15. Campana (10-3) was magnificent again, giving up a pair of hits and issuing 12 K's. Devyn Findley (8-8) took the loss for UNF.

A pair of homers got the Pack off to a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the first as Warren led off with a solo shot that hugged the line in left. Claudia Cooper later cracked a two-run shot in her first at-bat since fouling a pitch off into her face two weeks ago, scoring Alyssa Allbritten who had singled earlier.

Tech falls two more times at FAU Tournament
The Virginia Tech softball team wrapped up its Spring Break trip with a pair of losses Sunday morning at the FAU Parents' Weekend Tournament. The Hokies opened with a 3-2 loss to Jacksonville before falling to Charleston Southern, 6-0.

Tech jumped out to a quick 1-0 in the first inning over Jacksonville, scoring on an error, but left the bases loaded to end the threat. Jacksonville responded, scoring a pair of runs in the second inning and one more in the fourth on a solo home run. Tech didn't threaten again until the seventh inning when Kristen Froehlich and Kelsey Hensel recorded back-to-back doubles to plate a run, but failed to score the tying run when a suicide squeeze was played perfectly by the Dolphins. At the plate, the Hokies had five hits, two coming from Hensel, and one from Froehlich, Bkaye Smith and Richelle McGarva.

Kenzie Roark (L, 2-9) went just three innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with two strikeouts. Jasmin Harrell pitched the final four innings, giving up two singles while striking out four.

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