Softball ACCtion: Wednesday, April 14

April 15, 2010

No. 9/7 Georgia Tech Uses Long Ball To Beat Kennesaw State, 7-3
A three-run home run by sophomore Jessica Sinclair and a grand slam by freshman Hope Rush accounted for all the offense as the No. 9/7 Georgia Tech Softball Team (38-6) beat Kennesaw State (20-18), 7-3, Wednesday night at Bailey Park. Rush improved to 21-4 on the season as well pitching a complete game. She allowed one earned run on three hits with five strikeouts.

It was a scoreless game until the fourth inning as Rush and Kennesaw State starter Jessica Cross were locked up in a pitcher's duel. Sophomore Kate Kuzma walked to begin the inning and was on second base with two outs when Rush was intentionally walked. Sinclair made the Owls pay as she lifted a 2-2 pitch over the fence in right field for a three-run home run putting Tech up 3-0.

In the top of the fifth inning, Tech knocked Cross out of the game by loading the bases with one out. Redshirt senior Jen Yee began the inning by singling up the middle and went to second base when Kuzma was hit by a pitch. Two batters later, junior Kristine Priebe reached on an infield single which loaded the bases. Cross was pulled for Abbey Meixel who was then greeted rudely by Rush. Rush launched Meixel's second pitch of the game over the scoreboard in right field for a grand slam which put the Yellow Jackets up 7-0. 

No. 24 Tar Heels Sweep Doubleheader At Longwood
Thanks to strong pitching and timely hitting the No. 23 North Carolina Tar Heels (34-13) swept Longwood (29-15) in both games of Wednesday's doubleheader in Farmville, Virginia. In game one, three Tar Heel home runs, including a Kelli Wheeler grand slam, propelled Carolina to an 8-0 win over the Lancers in five innings. In the second game of the day, Carolina rallied in the top of the seventh inning, adding a late run to nudge Longwood, 3-2. Senior pitcher Danielle Spaulding earned the win in both games and pitched a combined total seven innings while only allowing two hits in the two games.

A six-run first inning powered the Tar Heels over Longwood in the first game of the doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon. Carolina added two more runs in the second inning to give the Tar Heels an early eight-run lead. Pitcher Danielle Spaulding pitched five innings shutting down Longwood without a run. With Carolina up by eight runs after five innings the game was halted due to the NCAA's Eight-Run-Ahead Rule.

North Carolina mounted a two-run lead in the top of the fifth of game two before Longwood scored a run in each of the next two innings to tie the game at 2-2 after six innings. Carolina reclaimed the lead in the top of the seventh inning with a one-run rally to give the Tar Heels a 3-2 lead. Longwood could not respond in the bottom of the seventh and Carolina wins the game, 3-2.

No. 16 FSU Drops 2 To No. 3 UF
The No. 16 Florida State softball team fell in both games of Wednesday night's doubleheader to No. 3 Florida by scores of 8-4 and 9-2.

The first game of the two-contest set saw the Seminoles (36-10) set a new school record for attendance. The 933 patrons that saw the FSU-UF showdown, broke the previous park high of 912 fans that witnessed the 'Noles defeat North Carolina in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament in 2004.

Junior Sarah Hamilton pitched all seven innings of the opening game against the Gators (32-4). Hamilton finished her outing with five earned runs, seven strikeouts and four walks.

NC State Downed by ECU
NC State softball lost both games of a doubleheader to East Carolina on Wednesday, April 14 at the Curtis & Jacqueline Dail Softball Stadium by scores of 1-0 and 7-0.

The losses send the Wolfpack to 24-19, while the Pirates climb to 25-14.

East Carolina picked up a 1-0 eight-inning win in the first contest, with Lindsay Campana (16-7) allowing only six hits while fanning 10. Toni Paisley (18-8) picked up the victory. 

Terps Edged By Tigers, 1-0
The Maryland softball team was edged by the Towson Tigers Wednesday afternoon 1-0 in a defensive battle. The Terps (25-17, 3-8) are 22-9 on the year against nonconference opponents.

Junior Kerry Hickey started in the circle for the Terrapins. She threw for all seven innings, recording six strikeouts and allowing just three hits. She gave up just one run and did now allow a walk.

The game's lone run was scored in the bottom of the fourth inning. Towson's Rachel Miller led off the inning with a single up the middle. She advanced to second on a wild pitch by Hickey and advanced to third on a bunt by Sammi DiPompo. Stef Streets sent a sacrifice fly to deep centerfield to bring in Miller for the score.

Hokies fall to Highlanders, 9-3
The Virginia Tech softball team fell to its New River Valley rival Radford University 9-3 Wednesday night at Dedmon Center Field in front of a large Senior Day crowd for the Highlanders.

Radford got on the board first when Christiansburg native Hope Creasy hit a laser of a home run down the left field line in the fourth inning. Tech senior Misty Hall crushed a solo home run to left-center field for her fifth home run of the season in the fifth inning to tie it up.

The Highlanders responded with four runs in the fifth inning and four more in the sixth inning to put the game away. In the fifth, with two outs, Radford got a hit and then Tech starter Kenzie Roark walked three straight to give lead back to RU. With the bases loaded, Hope Creasy drove in two more with a single to left field. On the throw home, Sarah Himan ran into Tech catcher Courtney Liddle and took her out to score the second run. With the ball trickling to the backstop due to the collision, a third run came home on the play and left fielder Stephanie Kujawa was charged with the tough-luck error on the play.