Softball ACCtion: Saturday, March 27

March 27, 2010

Cavaliers Win Two at Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia softball team (17-13, 4-0 ACC) clinched the series win against Virginia Tech for the first time since 2005 with a doubleheader sweep over the Hokies Saturday in Blacksburg, Va. Behind freshman pitcher Melanie Mitchell, the Cavaliers took game one 5-0 and held on to win game two 4-3.

The Cavaliers and Hokies will conclude the series at 12 p.m. Sunday. The game was moved up an hour from 1 p.m. to avoid inclement weather.

Mitchell threw a complete game shutout in the first game, limiting Virginia Tech (13-19, 2-3 ACC) to just five hits while fanning 11 batters.

The Cavaliers compiled eight hits at the plate, led by a two-hit performance from freshman Alex Skinkis. A trio of Virginia hitters - Lauren McCaskey, Sarah Tacke and Abby Snyder - each had doubles in the winning effort.

Gober Throws No-No, Florida State Wins Two

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Terese Gober threw a no-hitter and the No. 18 Florida State softball team took two from Boston College in a doubleheader Saturday by scores of 4-0 and 6-0.

Gober's second career no-no occurred in the second game at JoAnne Graf Field. She also struck out a career-best 14 batters in the win.

Junior pitcher Sarah Hamilton was also terrific for the Seminoles (30-6, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). Hamilton, who had her own no-hitter broken up in the top of the final inning in the first game against the Eagles (9-12, 0-2), allowed just the one hit and struck out 10 batters.

"Both pitchers did so well today," FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said. "I don't how many times this season Sarah has had a no-hitter broken up late in the ballgame. And Terese really did a good job. They both have been working very hard."

Added Gober: "I was just trying to stay relaxed the whole time. My goal this year was to just have fun and I did that today."

No. 11/8 Georgia Tech Sweeps Maryland in ACC Home Opener

ATLANTA - The No. 11/8 Georgia Tech Softball team (28-5, 4-1 ACC) swept Maryland 19-11, 0-4) in the Atlantic Coast Conference home opener Saturday afternoon at Mewborn Field 9-8 and 3-1. In game one, the Yellow Jackets overcame a 6-0, fourth-inning deficit and won on a walk-off single by junior Christy Jones. In game two, sophomore Kate Kuzma's two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning broke a 1-1 tie and helped Tech secure the sweep and its 12th straight league series win.

Due to the forecast of rain tomorrow afternoon, the series finale has been moved up to 9:00 a.m. from its original starting time of 1 p.m.

Redshirt senior Jen Yee walked in all seven of her plate appearances on the day including six times intentionally, while sophomore Kelsi Weseman continued her hot hitting as she went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI. Kuzma had four RBI in the game, including her two-run homer which proved to be the game-winner in game two.

NC State, No. 19 UNC Split Doubleheader

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - NC State (19-15 / 2-3 ACC) and No. 19 North Carolina (24-8 / 4-4 ACC) split the first two games of a three-game conference series on Saturday, March 27 at Anderson Stadium. The Wolfpack took the opener 3-2 before falling by the same score in the second contest.

Katie Mansilla went 2-for-3 at the plate while Linzy Rother drove in two runs in game one. Lindsay Campana (13-5) struck out nine and allowed just one earned run, as Amber Johnson (15-7) took the loss.

UNC picked up one unearned run in the bottom of the first. Campana struck out the first two batters before Ally Blake reached when Stephanie Call dropped a throw at first. Brittany McKinney then walked, and Blake scored from second when a Kelli Wheeler infield pop fly dropped between Mansilla and Alyssa Ishibashi in the middle infield.