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March 24, 2010
Bats come alive as Hokies roll past Aggies
The weather was windy and chilly, but the Hokie bats were red hot as the Virginia Tech softball team opened its home schedule in resounding fashion, sweeping North Carolina A&T Tuesday afternoon at Tech Softball Park. The Hokies rolled in the first game 11-2 in five innings before putting away the Aggies 8-1 in the night cap.
In the first game, the Hokies fell behind 2-0 in the first inning, but came back with a seven-spot in their half of the inning. Bkaye Smith scored on Richelle McGarva's single and then Kristin Graham hit her first home run of the season to make it 4-0. Kristina Cruz drove in a run with a double to the gap and then Stephanie Kujawa tripled in a run before Smith came back around to drive in her first collegiate run with an infield single.
McGarva scored in the second inning on a Kristen Froehlich single and in the third stanza, McGarva drove in two with a double to the gap to make it 10-2. Marra Hvozdovic gave the Hokies the run they needed to end the game early with her first home run of the season, a solo shot in the fourth.
No. 11/8 Georgia Tech Splits Doubleheader At Houston
Junior Kristine Priebe hit two home runs, including a grand slam, as the No. 11/8 Georgia Tech Softball team (25-5) split a doubleheader at Houston (16-13) Tuesday night at Cougar Softball Stadium. The Yellow Jackets won game one 7-1, but lost the night cap by a 2-1 score.
Priebe was 2-for-4 with five RBI in game one with her two home runs. Sophomore Kelsi Weseman and freshman Caitlin Jordan also hit home runs for the Yellow Jackets. Tech scored all seven runs in the first two innings of game one and that was all freshman Hope Rush (13-3) would need. She allowed one unearned run on three hits and two walks while striking out seven.
In the first inning, Priebe gave Tech a 1-0 lead with a solo home run to the opposite field. Then in the second inning, the Yellow Jackets put the game away with six runs. With one out, Jordan homered to left field making it a 2-0 game. Later in the inning, walks to sophomore Jessica Sinclair and redshirt senior Jen Yee, as well as an infield single by junior Christy Jones loaded the bases with one out. After an infield single by sophomore Kate Kuzma made it 3-0, Priebe hit her second grand slam in four games off the scoreboard in right field to make it 7-0 Yellow Jackets.
No. 21 UNC Softball Sweeps Doubleheader At Charlotte
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The North Carolina softball team swept a doubleheader at Charlotte on Tuesday, winning the first game 6-1 and the second 9-4 to improve to 22-8 on the year. No. 21 UNC totaled 23 hits in the two games, while senior pitcher Amber Johnson earned both wins to up her record to 14-6 overall.
In Game 1, catcher Ally Blake led the way, going 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBI.
UNC got on the board in the top of the first, when shortstop Christine Knauer reached on a single, stole second and scored on a two-out single by designated player Brittany McKinney.
Charlotte, which fell to 18-5, scored its only run in the bottom of the inning, when leadoff batter Whitney Williams doubled, advanced on a sacrifice bunt then scored on an RBI double by Serena Smith.