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April 6, 2010
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech softball team got back on the winning track with a pair of non-conference victories over East Tennessee State Tuesday evening at Tech Softball Park. The Hokies won the first game 7-4 and then held on to win the second game, 2-1.
In the opener, the Hokies scored a pair of runs in both the first and second inning to jump out to a 4-0 lead. Richelle McGarva tripled and then scored on a passed ball before Kristen Froehlich belted a solo home run to make it 2-0. In the second inning, Kristina Cruz hit her first home run of the season and then Bkaye Smith scored on McGarva's double.
In the fourth inning, Tech scored three more runs when Misty Hall nearly hit a grand slam. Instead, it bounced off the top of the fence for a bases-clearing double. The Lady Bucs clawed their way back into it, scoring a run in the sixth and three unearned runs in the seventh, but Tech held on for the 7-4 win.
Ashton Ward (W, 3-0) went the distance, allowing four runs (one earned) on eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Boston College softball team came up short in their upset bid of in-state rival No.22 UMass, 6-0, on Tuesday afternoon at Shea Field.
The loss will drops Boston College to 9-18 for the season, while the win improves No. 22 UMass to 22-7.
UMass jumped out of the gates very quickly against BC starter Nicole D'Argento (3-6). The Minutewomen led off the game with a walk, which was followed by a bunt single. The runners were advanced to second and third base with one out after a sacrifice bunt. Sophomore Katie Bettencourt then got a hanging breaking ball from D'Argento and put it over the center field fence to give UMass a 3-0 lead.
Coach Jen Finley took D'Argento out after the homerun, and put senior Taylor Peyton in for relief. Peyton pitched two and two thirds innings of relief allowing only one run, on six hits, while striking out one batter. The lone run allowed by Peyton was a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning to put UMass up 4-0.