Softball ACCtion: Sunday, March 21

March 21, 2010

Big Sixth Leads NC State Past Virginia Tech, 4-3

RALEIGH, N.C. – A four-run bottom of the sixth lifted NC State (17-13 / 1-2 ACC) past Virginia Tech (9-17 / 2-1 ACC), 4-3, on Sunday, March 21 at the Curtis & Jacqueline Dail Softball Stadium.

Toni Ann Williford and Landon Warren both recorded two hits for the Wolfpack, while Lindsay Campana (11-5) struck out eight in picking up the complete-game decision.

Kenzie Roark (3-10) took the loss for the Hokies. Jasmin Harrell tossed the final inning for Virginia Tech.

The Pack had its first scoring opportunity in the bottom of the third as Williford and Warren reached on consecutive singles, but both were left stranded.

Courtney Liddle lined a two-run shot to left in the top of the fifth, giving VT a 2-0 lead late in the ball game.

Hope Rush's No-Hitter Leads No. 12/9 Georgia Tech Past No. 20/16 UNC, 5-0

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Freshman Hope Rush threw her first career no-hitter as the No. 12/9 Georgia Tech Softball team (24-4, 2-1 ACC) beat No. 20/16 North Carolina (20-8, 3-3), 5-0, Sunday afternoon. Rush (12-3) walked four batters and struck out four as the Yellow Jackets won their 11th straight ACC series dating back to 2008. She retired 18 of the final 19 batters she faced.

The Yellow Jackets scored all five runs on home runs. In the first inning, redshirt senior Jen Yee led off with a walk and went to second base on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Kate Kuzma. Later in the inning, Rush was intentionally walked setting the stage for sophomore Kelsi Weseman.

Weseman got behind 0-2, but worked the count full before lining the 3-2 pitch over the fence in left field for an opposite field three-run home run. It gave the Yellow Jackets a 3-0 lead and that would be more than enough for Rush.

The score remained 3-0 until the top of the seventh inning when Yee hit her career-high 17th home run of the season off UNC pitcher Amber Johnson. The two-run shot to dead center field gave Tech a 5-0 lead.

Koren's HR Lifts Virginia Over No. 2 Arizona, 2-1

FULLERTON, Calif. - Nicole Koren's two run homer in the top of the first inning was all the Virginia softball team (14-12) needed to upset second-ranked Arizona 2-1 Sunday at the Judi Garman Invitational.

It was the third win for the Cavaliers over a ranked team this season, including its second over a top-5 opponent. Virginia also defeated No. 4 Michigan 2-1 earlier in the year and No. 23 Louisiana-Lafayette 10-4 in the first gamed of the Judi Garman Invitational on Thursday.

Despite Arizona (25-3) outhitting the Cavaliers 7-1, freshman pitcher Melanie Mitchell and the Virginia defense was able to hold off the Wildcats. Arizona notched its lone run of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning.

In the first, Giannina Cipolloni led off the game with a walk. Lauren McCaskey then sacrificed bunter her teammate over to second before Koren stepped up to belt her team-leading seventh long ball of the season.

Florida State Beats Syracuse, USF Cancelled

CLEARWATER, Fla. - The No. 19 Florida State softball team took down Syracuse, 3-0, Sunday morning and then had to cancel its game against South Florida due to inclement weather in the Clearwater, Fla. area.

The Seminoles (27-5) leave the USF The Game Tournament with a 3-1 record after the outcome over the Orange.

In the victory, junior Sarah Hamilton was fantastic in the circle. The Tallahassee native pitched a complete game and allowed just two hits and no runs. She fanned 11 Orange batters.

Hamilton even had a no-hitter going until the top of the fifth.

Offensively, redshirt junior Robin Ahrberg had an RBI. Senior Carly Wynn and freshman Tiffani Brown had the other hits for FSU against a talented Syracuse pitching staff.

Hamilton found herself in a jam in the fourth after she hit back-to-back batters. But with two on base and just one out, she got out of the inning by striking out two batters in a row.