Softball ACCtion: Thursday, March 18

March 18, 2010


Tar Heels Down UNC Greensboro, 5-1
A pair of home runs from Brittany McKinney and Kelli Wheeler power the No. 16/20 (19-6, 2-1 ACC) North Carolina Tar Heels over the (8-14) UNC Greensboro Spartans, 5-1. Both McKinney and Wheeler lead the Tar Heels offense with multi-hit games and accounted for four of Carolina's five RBIs in today's game. Senior pitcher Amber Johnson pitched seven strong innings, striking out eleven batters, allowing only three hits and one run.

Carolina jumped on the in-state Spartans early, gathering three hits and one run in the first inning. Both shortstop Christine Knauer and right fielder Anna Roberts started the inning off with infield singles. Brittany McKinney, a Second-Team All-ACC selection last year, knocked in Knauer to put the Tar Heels up, 1-0.

Ally Blake leadoff the third inning with a single to left field. Freshman pinch runner Elisha Elliott pinch ran for Blake and quickly stole second to give the Tar Heels a runner in scoring position. Sophomore Constance Orr scored Elliott by singling to center field. The RBI single gave the Tar Heels a 2-0 lead after three innings.

Virginia Downs No. 23 Louisiana-Lafayette 10-4
The Virginia softball team (13-9) earned its second win over a ranked opponent this season with a 10-4 win over No. 23 Louisiana-Lafayette in the team's first game of the 2010 Judi Garman Invitational.

The Cavaliers also defeated fourth-ranked Michigan 2-1 earlier this season at LSU's Tiger Classic.

A six-run sixth inning lifted the Cavaliers over ULL, which dropped to 15-8 this season. Virginia finished the game with nine hits. The Ragin' Cajuns tallied six hits and committed five errors. 

FSU Falls Despite Hamilton Gem
The No. 19 Florida State softball team dropped a 1-0 decision in nine innings to Auburn Thursday afternoon at the Seminole Softball Complex.

Junior Sarah Hamilton is credited with the loss but the Tallahassee native certainly didn't pitch in such a way that resulted in FSU's fifth defeat of the year. No, Hamilton pitched one of the best games of her career, allowing just four hits, no earned runs and shattering her career record for strikeouts in a game with a whopping 20.

The Seminoles (24-5) registered 10 hits in the loss but stranded 12 runners on base. On the opposite side of things, the Tigers (16-9O) left just two on base.

NC State Drops a Pair at Charlotte
NC State dropped both games of a doubleheader at Charlotte, 3-1 and 6-2, at the D.L. Phillips Complex on Thursday, March 18.

The Wolfpack moves to 16-11 following play, while the 49ers climb to 18-3.

NC State fell 3-1 in the opening tilt, with Lindsay Campana (10-4) taking the loss and Emily Jeffery (11-2) grabbing the decision.