Softball ACCtion: Wednesday, March 24

March 25, 2010

Rush, Yee Lead No. 12/9 Softball Past No. 19/17 Texas A&M, 4-0
Redshirt senior Jen Yee went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI and freshman Hope Rush tossed a six-hit shutout as the No. 12/9 Georgia Tech Softball team (26-5) beat No. 19/17 Texas A&M (27-7), 4-0, Wednesday night at the Aggie Softball Stadium. The win snapped Texas A&M's 11-game winning streak.

Yee homered on the second pitch of the game, her 18th of the season, and added a two-run single in the second inning as the Jackets jumped out to an early 4-0 lead. Rush (14-3) threw a career-high 142 pitches as she limited the Aggies to six hits for her fifth shutout of the season and second straight against a ranked team. Rush had four walks and seven strikeouts.

Texas A&M starter Rebecca Arbino (15-4) lost for the first time in her last 10 games as she was charged with four earned runs in just 1.1 innings. Arbino had allowed just two runs in her last nine outings, all wins. Playing in front of several dozen family and friends from nearby Hutto, Texas, sophomore Kelsi Weseman went 3-for-4 with a double.

Lapicki's Bash Burns Bulldogs
The No. 18 Florida State softball battled a late barrage by No. 7 Georgia Tuesday night before earning the upset, 4-3.

Junior Jen Lapicki's three-run homerun in the sixth inning proved to be the difference for a Seminoles (28-6) team that saw the Bulldogs (22-5) turn a 4-1 deficit into a nail-bitter with just one out in the bottom half of the final inning.

Sarah Hamilton earned the win for FSU. The standout in the circle tossed five innings and gave up just two hits and two runs while striking out eight and walking six.

Terps Blank Dukes, 8-0
Senior Alex Schultz and junior Niki Lau led the Terps at the plate in an 8-0 win in game one against James Madison Wednesday.

Lau went 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run, while Schultz, the reigning ACC Player of the Week, hit her fifth home run of the season to end the game in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Junior Kerry Hickey pitched five innings without giving the Dukes a hit, until shortstop Ashley Burnham looped one into right field. Hickey finished with seven strikeouts, the one hit and just one walk on the day.

Virginia Splits DH with Flames
The Virginia softball team (15-13) split a doubleheader with Liberty (15-9) Wednesday at The Park in Charlottesville, Va. The Cavaliers won the first game, 4-0, but dropped the second, 6-4.

Freshman Melanie Mitchell threw a complete game shutout in game one. She allowed just three hits while striking out 11.

The Cavaliers outhit Liberty 9-3 in the contest, led by freshman Alex Skinkis' 3-for-3 performance at the plate, which included a double and two singles. Giannina Cipolloni also had a pair of singles in the winning effort.

Hokies pounce on Pirates, roll in doubleheader
A day after putting up 19 runs in a doubleheader sweep, the Virginia Tech softball team continued to swing the hot sticks in sweeping Hampton University Wednesday afternoon at Tech Softball Park. The Hokies downed the Pirates 10-2 in six innings in the opener and then blanked them 8-0 in five innings in the nightcap.

In the first game, Tech wasted little time in busting it open, scoring four runs in the first inning. The big play came when Kelsey Hensel doubled off the wall to plate three runs after Kristin Graham hit a sacrifice fly to make it 1-0. Unfortunately, later in the inning, Hensel suffered a hand injury diving back into the bag and will miss at least a week, adding to an already lengthy injury report.

Marra Hvozdovic scored on a wild pitch in the second inning, and then in the sixth inning, the Hokies scored five runs to end the game early. Hampton committed two errors on the same play to allow three runs to score. Bkaye Smith drove in a run with a fielder’s choice and Ashton Ward eventually drove her in with a single to end the game.