Softball ACCtion: Saturday, March 20

March 21, 2010

Virginia Tech dominates Wolfpack twice in ACC play

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Virginia Tech softball team opened ACC play in impressive fashion Saturday afternoon as it swept NC State 2-0 and 11-0 in five innings at Dail Stadium. After dropping their last five games, the Hokies broke out of a slump in a big way to start conference play 2-0.

In the opener, Tech wasted little time getting on the board when freshman Courtney Liddle blasted a solo home run to deep center field to make it a 1-0 lead. NC State ace Lindsay Campana settled down, as she sat down 11 straight Tech batters before sophomore Kristen Froehlich hit a solo home run down the left field line that barely snuck inside the foul pole for her first home run of the season.

Kenzie Roark (W, 3-9) was spectacular, outdueling Campana with a five-hit shutout. She struck out six and walked just two in picking up her first complete game shutout.Tech had just three hits in the game, coming from Bkaye Smith, Liddle and Froehlich.

In the second game, the Hokies batted around in the second inning, scoring five runs. Froehlich singled to lead off the inning and moved up when Kristin Graham drew a walk. Froehlich scored on a close play at home when Kelsey Hensel singled to center field to make it 1-0. Graham scored when Richelle McGarva reached on an error and then Liddle singled to left to plate Hensel, but on the plate, the ball scampered through left fielder Landon Warren’s legs, allowing McGarva to score from first base and Liddle to reach third base. The next batter, Ashton Ward, tripled down the right field line to make it 5-0.

No. 12/9 Georgia Tech Opens ACC Play With Doubleheader Split At No. 20/16 North Carolina

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The No. 12/9 Georgia Tech Softball team (23-4, 1-1 ACC) hit six home runs, including two grand slams, as it opened Atlantic Coast Conference play with a doubleheader split against No. 20/16 North Carolina (20-7, 3-2) Saturday afternoon at Anderson Stadium. The Yellow Jackets won game one 16-1 in five innings, but UNC rebounded to win the night cap, 8-3.

Freshman Hope Rush went 3-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI. She pitched game one and allowed one run on five hits as she improved to 11-3 on the season. Rush walked two and struck out three. Junior Kristine Priebe was also 3-for-5 with a home run and five RBI, but saw her seven game hitting streak snapped in the second game. She and freshman Caitlin Jordan hit Tech's grand slams in game one. Redshirt senior Jen Yee and sophomore Kate Kuzma also had home runs for the Yellow Jackets.

Tar Heels Split With Georgia Tech On The Day 1-1; Drop Game One, 16-1, Win Game Two, 8-3

In game two of the day, Ally Blake slams a three-run home run in the first inning as the No. 16/20 (20-7) North Carolina Tar Heels down the No. 9/12 (23-4) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 8-3. Senior Danielle Spaulding added two RBI singles as the Tar Heels gather eight runs and nine hits in the win. Senior Amber Johnson strikes out nine and earns her twelfth win of the year as the Tar Heels resiliently win game two of the day after dropping game one, 16-1. The win over the No. 9 team in the country ties last year's 4-3 victory over the No. 9 California Bears as the all-time highest ranked team ever defeated by Carolina.

The senior pitcher Johnson earns her team-leading twelfth win of the year. The Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. product strikes out nine and allows three runs on four hits (two home runs) in her second start of the day for Carolina.

BC Softball Has Offense Come To Life In Doubleheader Sweep

All it took for the Boston College softball teams' bats to heat up was to come back up north as it picked up two wins on Saturday afternoon due in large part to its offense. The Eagles defeated Bryant 8-0 after five innings in the early game, and took down Maine 5-2 in the nightcap at the Bryant Softball Complex in Smithfield, R.I.

In game one, Boston College jumped all over Bryant in the top of the first inning. The Eagles pounded out five hits in the inning, including four straight singles, to take a commanding 5-0 lead. Brittany Wilkins and Taylor Peyton had the two big hits in the inning with matching RBI singles.

In game two, the Eagles scored first once again this time in the bottom of the second inning on a two-out solo home run by Blair Destito. Maine would counter in the top of the fourth inning with a run of its own on four hits off Boston College starter Allison Gage to tie the game at 1-1. Gage pitched four innings in the game giving up one run on seven hits in the no decision.

FSU Beats LIU & NIU Saturday

CLEARWATER, Fla. - The No. 19 Florida State softball team bounced back from back-to-back losses in its last two outings by defeating Long Island, 6-0, and Northern Illinois, 7-1, Saturday afternoon at the USF The Game Tournament.

Junior Sarah Hamilton, who struck out a career-best 20 batters in her previous outing against Auburn, had her no-hitter broken up in the sixth inning against the Long Island. She was replaced by Lauren Varsalona in the seventh after pitching six scoreless innings and allowing just one hit. She struck out eight batters and walked just two.

On offense, Carly Wynn led the way with four RBIs on 2-for-3 hitting. Shayla Jackson and Morgan Bullock had the other two RBIs.

Terps Stay Hot, Take Two

CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Maryland softball team continued its six-game hot streak Saturday, as it took two games in the University of South Florida's The Game tournament. The Terps (16-9, 0-1) took a close 1-0 win over North Florida in eight innings to open the day and then beat Dartmouth 11-4 in their second game.

The Maryland pitching staff has been dominant over this week as well. The Terps in the circle carry an ERA of 1.12 and sophomore Kendra Knight has not given up an earned run in 16.1 innings. Opponents are hitting just .170 against Terrapin pitchers this week.

Knight started the first game against North Florida for the Terps and recorded 12 strikeouts in her 6.0 innings. She gave up just two hits. Senior Kerry Hickey finished the remaining 1.2 innings and had three strikeouts and no hits.

Still scoreless at the end of the seventh inning, Hickey hit a line drive to score sophomore Kathy McLaughlin as the winning run to give the Terps with 1-0 win.

Hickey stayed in the circle to start the second game against Dartmouth and pitched 6.2 innings. The Big Green struck first with two runs in the bottom of the first with a couple of singles.

Maryland got its offense going when sophomore Kathy McLaughlin doubled to center, then scored when sophomore Vangie Galindo singled with a bunt, but got to second with a throwing error by pitcher Evan Gray. Galindo scored when freshman Sara Acosta reached on a throwing error.

Virginia Drops Two Games at Judi Garman Invitational

FULLERTON, Calif. - The Virginia softball team (13-12) dropped a pair of games Saturday at the Judi Garman Invitational, falling to No. 8 Oklahoma 2-0 and San Jose State 8-4.

Melanie Mitchell threw a complete game against the Sooners (25-6), fanning seven batters. Both runs were unearned; the freshman hurler allowed just four hits.

Virginia recorded just one hit, a single by Alison Pittman, off of a combined effort from OU's Kirsten Allen and Kellani Richetts.

Oklahoma did not score its runs until the top of the seventh inning. Jessica Shults reached on a Virginia error and Lindsey Vanderver walked to put two on. A groundout to the right side allowed both runners to advance. With two outs, Dani Dobbs doubled to right center.

San Jose State outhit the Cavaliers 13-9 in the second game of the afternoon en route to a victory.