Softball ACCtion: Saturday, April 3

April 3, 2010

No. 16 FSU Topples Terps Twice

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The No. 16 Florida State softball team defeated Maryland at Robert E. Taylor Stadium in back-to-back games Saturday afternoon.

The Seminoles (33-6, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) earned a 2-0 win in the first game before escaping with a thrilling 3-2 victory in extra innings over the Terrapins (20-15, 0-7).

Junior Sarah Hamilton was nearly flawless in the opening game, allowing just two hits and no runs in a full seven innings of work. She also struck out an impeccable 14 Terrapins batters en route to her 16th win of the year.

Redshirt junior Robin Ahrberg knocked in the lone RBI for the Seminoles in the 2-0 win.

True freshman Tiffani Brown was also strong in the batter's box as she posted a game-high two hits. Senior Tory Haddad, junior Ashley Stager and sophomore Shayla Jackson also registered hits in the game.

In the second game of the doubleheader, Brown's two-RBI triple in the top of the eighth proved to be the difference in a showdown that was close from start to finish.

Junior Jen Lapicki also had an RBI and junior Kristie McConn and senior Carly Wynn had a game-high two hits apiece.

Senior Terese Gober, who was named the conference's pitcher of the week on Tuesday, gave up just five hits and allowed only one earned run in 7 1/3 innings. She struck out seven and didn't walk anyone.

Hamilton came on in extra innings and accrued the save. She struck out two and walked just one in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Virginia Wins Series vs. UNC After DH Split

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia softball team (21-14, 7-1 ACC) claimed a series win over No. 22 North Carolina (27-13, 5-7 ACC) after splitting a doubleheader Saturday at The Park. The Tar Heels took the first game 8-0 but the Cavaliers earned the victory in game two, 3-1, thanks to Sarah Tacke's three-run homer.

The series win over North Carolina is the first for Virginia since 2005. The Cavaliers also have five wins over ranked opponents this season and their seventh conference victory is the most winning seven league games in 2006.

In the second game, UNC took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning. Ally Blake led off with a single to center and moved to second on Brittany McKinney's sacrifice bunt. After taking third on a wild pitch, Blake scored when Stephanie Murad singled right back to Virginia pitcher Melanie Mitchell, who was able to knock it down, but both runners were safe.

Mitchell retired the next six batters to give Virginia the series win. The freshman pitcher had one strikeout and no walks in a complete game outing in game two.

Both teams recorded three hits in the contest; Clara Kendall and Alison Pittman each had singles for the Orange and Blue.

The Tar Heels defeated Virginia in game one, 8-0, behind a no-hitter from two-time ACC Player of the Year Danielle Spaulding. She threw all seven innings and finished with 13 strikeouts.

Mitchell took the loss in game one, throwing the first four innings and allowing four runs on seven hits. Sophomore Stephanie Coates came on to toss the final three innings; she gave up four runs on six hits and also struck out three.

Back-to-Back Bombs Give Softball 4-3 Win over BC

RALEIGH, N.C. – Alyssa Allbritten and Allison Presnell mashed back-to-back homers in the bottom of the seventh to lead NC State past Boston College, 4-3, at the Curtis & Jacqueline Dail Softball Stadium on Saturday, April 3.

The win completes a three-game sweep of the Eagles and hands the Pack its fourth win in a row.

Presnell’s walk-off is the second such dinger for the Pack this season. Kristine Bechtholdt lifted the Pack over Providence in similar fashion on Feb. 13. The long ball also marks the second walk-off shot of Presnell’s career, as she did the same thing to East Carolina as a freshman in 2007.

Morgan Peeler (2-5) picked up her first career ACC win in relief, fanning five. Lindsay Campana got the start but was pulled after four innings.

Allison Gage (2-4) was hit with her second loss of the weekend after entering the game with one out in the bottom of the seventh. Nicole D’Argento started for BC and went 6 1/3 innings while allowing four hits and two earned runs.

Kristine Priebe Leads No. 10/7 Softball To 9-1 Win Over Virginia Tech And Series Sweep

ATLANTA - Junior Kristine Priebe hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and had six RBI as the No. 10/7 Georgia Tech Softball team (32-5, 8-1 ACC) beat Virginia Tech (13-23, 2-7), 9-1 in six innings Saturday afternoon to complete the series sweep at Mewborn Field. In the three games against the Hokies, Priebe went 6-for-10 with three home runs and 12 RBI.

Freshman Hope Rush picked up another complete game win for the Yellow Jackets and is now 18-3 on the season. She allowed one unearned run on two hits and a walk while fanning four. Redshirt senior Jen Yee hit her 19th home run of the season and was also intentionally walked two more times, bringing her season total up to 17. Sophomore Jessica Sinclair also added a pair of hits for Georgia Tech.

The Yellow Jackets wasted no time in jumping on Hokie starting pitcher Kristin Graham. Yee led off with a home run to dead center field and a couple batters later, Priebe hit a two-run shot to left-center field. That would be the end of the day for Graham as Game Two starter Jasmin Harrell came into the game in relief and held the Tech bats at bay for much of the game.