Softball ACCtion: Sunday, March 28

March 28, 2010

Hope Rush Strikes Out Career-High 10 Batters As No. 11/8 Georgia Tech Beats Maryland 1-0

ATLANTA - Freshman Hope Rush recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts as the No. 11/8 Georgia Tech Softball team (29-5, 5-1 ACC) beat Maryland 1-0 Sunday morning to complete the series sweep at Mewborn Field. The game was moved up four hours from its original start time with the forecast of rain in the afternoon and Tech took advantage of an unearned run in the first inning for the win.

Rush (16-3) scattered six hits and walked two en route to her sixth shutout of the season. Kerry Hickey (11-5) took the loss despite allowing just three Georgia Tech hits. She walked four and struck out four.

The Yellow Jackets scored the only run of the game in the first inning courtesy of a Maryland error. Redshirt senior Jen Yee was intentionally walked to begin the frame, the seventh time that happened this weekend. She went to second base on a single by sophomore Kate Kuzma and then took third on a ground out by sophomore Kelsi Weseman.

Wolfpack Wins Rubber Match at No. 19 UNC, 5-1

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - NC State found a way to win its biggest game of the 2010 campaign to date, downing No. 19 North Carolina on its home field to take the rubber match of a pivotal three-game ACC series on Sunday, March 28. The win moves the Wolfpack to 20-15 (3-3 ACC) on the year, while the Tar Heels slide to 24-10 (4-5 ACC).

"I'm just so proud of the kids," said head coach Lisa Navas. "They played well and were really focused. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come the rest of the season.

"We had solid defense and timely hitting today, and it was just awesome."

Lindsay Campana (14-5) got her second victory in as many days, becoming just the second pitcher in the country to toss more than one win against UNC this year. Georgia Tech's Hope Rush did it a handful of weeks ago.

Virginia Sweeps Hokies for First Time Since '98

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia softball team (18-13, 5-0 ACC) completed a sweep over Virginia Tech (13-20, 2-4 ACC) Sunday with an 8-3 victory at Tech Softball Park in Blacksburg, Va. It marks the first time since 1998 - the first season the two teams met - the Cavaliers have swept the Hokies.

Junior Lauren McCaskey and senior Sarah Tacke each had a pair of hits in the win as the Cavaliers and Hokies both finished with eight hits.

Freshman pitcher Melanie Mitchell won all three games on the weekend for the Orange and Blue. On Sunday, she recorded six strikeouts against the Hokies. It was her 14th win of the season in the circle.

UVa jumped out to an early lead, scoring six runs in the first. Giannina Cipolloni led off with a single to right field and moved over to second on a McCaskey sacrifice bunt. Nicole Koren reached on a walk and Tacke singled up the middle to score Cipolloni. Alex Skinkis reached on a Tech error, which also scored Koren.

Seminoles Reel Off 11 Runs To Complete Series Sweep of Eagles

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 18 Florida State softball team completed the series sweep of Boston College Sunday afternoon at home with an 11-3 run-rule victory.

The Seminoles (31-6, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) exploded for 13 hits in the triumph over the Eagles (9-13, 0-3) and allowed just two hits.

"We earned three more conference wins that we definitely needed," sophomore outfielder Shayla Jackson said. "We just came out today and hit the ball well all game long."

A day after pitching her second-career no-hitter, senior Terese Gober earned another win. On Sunday she tossed four complete innings, gave up just two hits and allowed three runs.

She also struck out six.

Junior Sarah Hamilton entered the game in the top of the fifth and struck out two without allowing any hits.