Softball ACCtion: Wednesday, April 7

April 7, 2010

Eagles Defeat Central Connecticut, 8-0

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Boston College softball team had its offense break out in a big way on Wednesday afternoon defeating Central Connecticut, 8-0, in five innings at Shea Field.

The win improves Boston College to 10-18 on the season, while the loss drops Central Connecticut to 11-20 for the year.

BC opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning as Maria Pandolfo's one-out walk started it up for the Eagles. After two singles by Lizzy Ploen and Ali Thunstom, and a Brittany Wilkins strikeout, Boston College had the bases loaded with two outs. Rene Delagrammaticas extended the inning reaching on an error by the Central Connecticut second baseman which allowed Pandolfo to score to give BC a 1-0 lead.

The Eagles would add to that lead as Dani Weir was next up after the error. She didn't waste the opportunity crushing a grand slam high over the center field fence to make the score 5-0 in favor of Boston College after two innings. Wier's home run was the 23rd of her career.

Two RBI singles by Renee Ramos and Blair Destito in the bottom of the fourth padded the Eagles lead to 8-0 after four innings. The RBI single for Ramos extends her hitting streak to six games.

Virginia Beats Towson 5-3 and 8-4

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia softball team improved to 23-14 this season with two wins over Towson Wednesday at The Park. The Cavaliers won the first game 5-3 before taking game two, 8-4.

Virginia pitcher Melanie Mitchell threw a complete game in the first outing, allowing three runs on nine hits with five strikeouts. She earned her 17th win of the season.

The Cavaliers were led at the plate by freshman Taylor Williams, who went 3-for-3 with three RBI singles. Junior Alison Pittman recorded two singles in addition to classmate Lauren McCaskey's first home run of the season. Sarah Tacke and Clara Kendall also singled in the winning effort.

UVa took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Tacke singled through the left side and moved to second on an Alex Skinkis sac bunt. Kendall then singled to put runners on the corners. After Kendall stole second, Pittman singled to short, scoring Tacke from third. Kendall came in to score on William's first RBI single to center.

The Cavaliers tacked on another run in the third when McCaskey led off with a solo shot to left center.

No. 24 Tar Heels Take Both Games In Wednesday's Doubleheader With Winthrop

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina was victorious in both games in today's doubleheader against Winthrop at Anderson Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. In the first game a two-run sixth inning Brittany McKinney home run propelled the Tar Heels to a 2-0 victory. In game two, home runs from Cara Vitale and Stephanie Murad helped Carolina edge the Eagles, 3-2. With today's games Carolina increases its record on the season to 29-13 and Winthrop falls to 20-16.

Danielle Spaulding (11-2), who was recently named Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week (April 4th), received the start for Carolina in the first game of the doubleheader. Spaulding pitched all seven innings for the Tar Heels while not yielding a run and only allowing three hits. With today's seven shutout innings Spaulding increases her scoreless inning streak to 17 consecutive shutout innings.

In a pitcher's duel between Spaulding and Winthrop's Megan Evans (8-6) both teams remained scoreless and combined for only three hits through the first five innings of play.

Florida State Shuts Down UCF, 6-1

ORLANDO, Fla. - Sixteenth-ranked Florida State defeated Central Florida in a single game Wednesday evening in Orlando, Fla., 6-1.

Junior ace Sarah Hamilton earned the win for the Seminoles (34-7) at the UCF Softball Complex. The Tallahassee native pitched four complete innings against the Knights (22-17), didn't give up an earned run, walked just two and struck out seven.

Senior Terese Gober replaced Hamilton in the bottom of the fifth and tossed two complete innings. Gober finished the contest with two strikeouts and just one allowed hit with no walks.

On offense, sophomore Shayla Jackson went 2-for-4 from the plate with three RBIs. Seniors Carly Wynn and Courtney Rosen and freshman Morgan Bullock also had an RBI each for a Seminoles team that posted seven hits and bounced back from last Sunday's loss to Maryland.

"Coming off an ACC weekend where we won the series but dropped the final game, we had to regroup and we did that today," FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said. "It was nice to see. We really stuck with our gameplan and our defense and pitching was very solid."

Terps Blank Colonials In Two Games

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland softball team blanked local rival George Washington 8-0 in two games in a midweek doubleheader Wednesday evening. The Terps (23-15, 1-7) clinched the win in game two when freshman Melissa Mancuso stole home on a double-steal play.

With the Terps ahead 7-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Mancuso pinch ran for senior Lydia Fowler. Mancuso advanced to third on a single by sophomore Kathy McLaughlin. McLaughlin moved to try and steal second. When George Washington catcher Tara Fogarty threw to try and catch McLaughlin at second, Mancuso stole home to end the game 8-0.

The Terrapins racked up 29 hits on the night, scoring 16 runs in just 11 innings. They have won 16 of their last 17 nonconference games. Seven Terrapins had multiple hits on the night. Sophomore Marisha Branson went 4-for-4 at the plate with two doubles and three RBI.

No. 10/6 Georgia Tech Falls To No. 15/12 Georgia, 5-4, On 7th Inning Home Run

ATLANTA - A three-run home run by Ashley Razey in the top of the seventh inning gave the No. 15/12 Georgia Softball team (28-8) a come-from-behind 5-4 win over No. 10/6 Georgia Tech (32-6) in front of a capacity crowd of 1,500 Wednesday night at Mewborn Field. It marked the largest home crowd in Georgia Tech softball history.

The Yellow Jackets took a 4-2 lead into the seventh inning, but stranded 11 runners in the game. Tech had the bases loaded and one out in the first two innings, but was unable to add to its lead. Freshman Hope Rush took the loss as she fell to 18-4 on the season. She was charged with five runs (four earned) on eight hits and four walks. She also struck out four and threw 144 pitches.

Redshirt senior Jen Yee was on base all four times against Georgia as she walked twice, was hit by a pitch and doubled. She scored two runs and also stole a base. Sophomore Kate Kuzma was 1-for-2 with a RBI and two sacrifices, while sophomore Kelsi Weseman and junior Christy Jones had two stolen bases apiece.

Hokies Drop Tough One to Appalachian State

BOONE, N.C. - The Virginia Tech softball team dropped a tough 7-5 decision to Appalachian State Wednesday night to fall to 15-24 on the season. The Hokies held a 5-2 lead late, but a five-run sixth inning from the Mountaineers propelled them to the victory.

The Mountaineers jumped out to an early lead by scoring two runs on three hits in the first inning. The Hokies scored a run in the second inning when Kristin Graham scored on a wild pitch. In the second inning, Courtney Liddle hit a sacrifice fly to plate Bkaye Smith.

In the fifth inning, the Hokies rallied to take the lead. Liddle singled and pinch runner Stephanie Kujawa moved up on a wild pitch before Kristen Froehlich singled. Misty Hall then stepped up and smacked a three-run home run to left field to make it 5-2.

The Hokies were looking good until the sixth inning when things fell apart. Michelle Lighton led off with a single, but Tech starter Jasmin Harrell got a pair of outs to put Tech in good position.