Softball ACCtion: Saturday, April 10

April 10, 2010

No. 24 Carolina Takes Doubleheader at Boston College

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - No. 24 North Carolina (31-13, 7-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) defeats Boston College (10-21) in both games of Saturday's doubleheader. Brittany McKinney's two home runs carry the Tar Heels to a 4-1 victory over the Eagles. In the second game of the day, Carolina slams five home runs in the victory over Boston College, 16-9, in 10 innings.

Danielle Spaulding (12-2) received the start for Carolina. Spaulding pitched the complete game, struck out 16 batters and only allowed one run on two hits. Boston College's Danielle Weir started the game off for the Eagles with a home run to left center. The homer gave Boston College an early 1-0 lead.

Junior Brittany McKinney responded for Carolina leading off in the top of the second inning with a home run over the left field fence. The home run tied the game up at 1-1.

Maryland's Hickey Throws No-Hitter in Game One

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior Kerry Hickey threw her ninth career no-hitter and first of the year in a 7-0 win over Atlantic Coast Conference opponent Virginia Tech in game one of Saturday's doubleheader. The Terps (24-16, 2-8) were edged by the Hokies 2-1 in the second game.

In game one, Hickey helped lead the Terps with nine strikeouts and allowed just one Hokie base runner on the day with a walk.

Maryland broke open the game early, with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Sophomore Vangie Galindo opened the Terps' lineup with a walk, and scored on freshman Sara Acosta's bunt that ended up in a Hokie error. Sophomore Kathy McLaughlin singled next and was followed by Hickey's double. Junior Marisha Branson tripled next to score Hickey and McLaughlin to make the score 3-0.

FSU Takes Two From NC State

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The No. 16 Florida State softball team earned its 11th and 12th victories in 13 games Saturday afternoon as the Seminoles defeated NC State in back-to-back contests, 4-2 and 5-0.

With the two wins, FSU (36-7 overall) improved to 8-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Wolfpack (23-17) dropped to 6-5 in the conference.

"I don't really pay too much attention to the stats," FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said. "So we don't talk too much about how many games we have won over a certain span or anything like that. But I think that if you are doing all the little things right and you keep pushing and pushing you will be alright.

"We are doing a good job of that right now."

Junior Sarah Hamilton earned her 18th win of the season in the opening game as she pitched the duration and gave up just runs. She also struck out 10 of the 23 batters she faced and walked just one.

No. 10/6 Georgia Tech Sweeps Virginia For 14th Straight ACC Series Win

ATLANTA - Redshirt senior Jen Yee was 4-for-5 with two home runs and was on base in seven of her eight plate appearances as the No. 10/6 Georgia Tech Softball team (34-6, 10-1 ACC) swept Virginia (23-16, 7-3) Saturday afternoon at Mewborn Field. After winning Game One 5-2, the Yellow Jackets scored three times in the bottom of the seventh inning in Game Two to win 5-3 and clinch their 14th straight ACC series.

Yee led off the seventh inning of the night cap with a game-tying solo home run and then after sophomore Kelsi Weseman doubled with one out, junior Kristine Priebe hit a walk-off two-run homer giving Tech the win. Yee now has 21 home runs this season after hitting one in each game today and becomes the fourth player in school history to hit at least 20 home runs in a season joining Whitney Haller, Savannah Brown and Brittany Barnes.