Softball ACCtion: Saturday, April 17

April 17, 2010

Terps Clinch Series Over #23 UNC, Team takes two wins over Tar Heels

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Maryland softball team clinched a win in its weekend series at No. 23 North Carolina Saturday afternoon. Maryland won 5-2 in the first game and 2-1 in the second. The Terps (27-17, 5-8) earned their first series win over the Tar Heels (34-15, 8-9) since 2002.

Senior Alex Schultz led the Terrapins at the plate with a three-run home run in game one and an RBI single up the middle to drive in both of the Terps' runs in game two. Schultz is hitting .427 on the year, the second-highest average in the Atlantic Coast Conference and highest-ever for a Terrapin in a single season.

The Terrapin pitching staff of junior Kerry Hickey and sophomore Kendra Knight both earned saves and wins on the day. Hickey started the first game and Knight came on in the seventh inning to close out the game. Knight started the second game and threw 4.0 innings before Hickey took the circle.

Hickey ended her day with six strikeouts, five walks and two runs in nine innings. Knight went 5.0 innings with seven strikeouts, one walk and one run.

In the first game, the Tar Heels held control early on behind pitcher Danielle Spaulding, who held the Terps hitless through five innings. North Carolina scored two runs in the third behind Anna Roberts' triple and a sacrifice fly by Spaulding.

In the top of the sixth inning, freshman Sara Acosta singled to score Niki Lau from third and Courtney Kane from second. Kathy McLaughlin followed with a single and Schultz sent her seventh home run of the year to left field to clear the bases.

In the second game, North Carolina pitcher Amber Johnson struck out Kane, Lau and sophomore Vangie Galindo in the third inning, but Galindo reached first base on a passed ball. Acosta and McLaughlin were then both hit by pitches. Schultz sent a single up the middle to score Galindo and Acosta for the Terps' two runs.

North Carolina rallied in the bottom of the third. Christine Knauer walked and scored off Roberts' double for the Tar Heels' lone run.

Hall's huge day lifts Hokies to upset wins over No. 19 Florida State

BLACKSBURG - It was the Misty Hall show Saturday as the Virginia Tech softball team upset No. 19 Florida State twice at Tech Softball Park, using a pair of seventh-inning rallies to win 8-7 and 5-4.

Hall, a senior from Dayton, Va., went 5-for-8 on the day with three home runs, six RBI and an obscene 1.875 slugging percentage to lift the Hokies to two huge victories.

In the opener, the Hokies trailed 7-4 with two outs and no one on in the bottom of the seventh inning before pulling out a wild 8-7 win. Florida State got two runs in the top of the first inning, but Tech struck back for two of its own in the bottom of the first. Bkaye Smith struck out, but reached on a wild pitch and then Hall crushed a two-run shot to tie it up. FSU got a run in the second inning and two more in the fourth inning to take a 5-2 lead. In the fifth, Courtney Liddle doubled and scored on a fielding error to cut into the lead.

The ‘Noles plated two more in the fifth to make it 7-3 but in the fifth, Kristen Froehlich drove in Smith with a single to make it 7-4. That’s the way it stayed until the dramatic seventh inning.

Pinch hitter Betty Rose led off with a walk and Stephanie Kujawa ran for her. Smith struck out, and on the play, Kujawa was thrown out trying to steal. With two out and none on, Richelle McGarva singled to keep the Hokies alive. Froehlich walked and then Hall stepped up and hit her second home run of the game, a three-run shot to tie it up and send the crowd into a frenzy. Liddle doubled to right field and then Ashton Ward sent the dugout streaming onto the field with a single up the middle that scored pinch runner Ella Miller to give Tech the improbable 8-7 win.

Hall led the way with two hits - both home runs - and five RBI in the win. Liddle had a pair of hits while Smith, McGarva, Froehlich and Ward each had one. Freshman Jasmin Harrell (W, 8-9) kept the Hokies in the game, picking up the win with a complete game. She allowed seven runs (six earned) on 11 hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

Looking to build on the momentum of game one, the Hokies came out and struck for a run in the first inning of game two when McGarva ripped a solo home run to center field. FSU countered with a run in the third inning to tie it up, but in the fourth, Smith doubled and was driven in by McGarva’s double. The Seminoles scored two runs in the fifth to take a 3-2 lead. In the fifth inning, controversy ensued as the Hokies took the lead back with two runs. With the bases loaded and two outs, Marra Hvozdovic ripped a shot to the gap to score Kristin Graham and Ward. Hvozdovic tried to stretch the double into a triple but the relay got her at third base, just before Kristina Cruz crossed home ruled the umpire, much to the disapproval of the Tech faithful.

The Seminoles tied it up in the sixth inning, but ran themselves out of an inning as with runners on the corners and two outs with top hitter Carly Wynn at the plate, Morgan Bullock was called out for leaving first base early on an attempted steal. The game was tied going to the bottom of the seventh with Hall leading off.

She wasted little time as she lined the first pitch from Terese Gober just barely over the left-center field fence for a walk-off home run, sending the Hokie bench into a hullabaloo at home plate as they waited to greet their hero. It was her first walk-off home run since hitting one in the 10th inning against Louisville in the 2008 Regionals at Knoxville.

Hall had three more hits in the game, including the game winner, to lead the way. Hvozdovic and McGarva each had two hits and two RBI while Smith, Froehlich, Liddle, Graham and Cruz each had one.

Kenzie Roark (W, 6-15) was stellar for most of the game. The junior allowed four runs on seven hits with five walks and four strikeouts in the circle.

No. 9/7 Softball Scores 20 Runs En Route To Doubleheader Sweep Of Boston College

ATLANTA - Junior Kristine Priebe went 3-for-4 with two home runs and seven RBI and redshirt senior Jen Yee was on base in all seven plate appearances as the No. 9/7 Georgia Tech Softball team (40-6, 13-1 ACC) scored 20 runs en route to a pair of run-rule wins over Boston College (12-24, 0-11) Saturday afternoon on Senior Day at Mewborn Field. Tech won 9-0 in Game One and 11-3 in Game Two, both in five innings.

Priebe was also hit by two pitches on the day to go along with her three hits and seven RBI. Since moving back into the clean-up spot 21 games ago, she has driven in 39 runs. Priebe had just nine RBI in her first 25 games this season.

Sophomores Kelsi Weseman, Jessica Sinclair and Danielle Dike all had three hits apiece for the Yellow Jackets as they had 19 combined hits in the two games. Weseman had two doubles and four RBI, while Dike added a two-run home run. Junior Christy Jones was also 2-for-3 with two runs scored as she continues her hit hitting in the month of April.

Sophomore Hope Rush, who accounted for the team's fifth home run at the plate, improved to 22-4 on the season with a two-hit shutout in Game One. She walked two and struck out two. In Game Two, sophomore Jessica Coan picked up a win in relief as she pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless ball. Coan is now 12-1 on the year as she scattered three hits with one walked one and fanned three.

In Game One, the Yellow Jackets scored all nine runs in the first two innings, including a seven spot in the second inning. In the first inning, a sac fly by Weseman and RBI single by Priebe accounted for the runs.

Jones got the second inning rally going with a one-out single. Yee was hit by a pitch and the Jackets soon had two on with two outs. A RBI single by Weseman made it 3-0 and then Priebe blew the game wide open with a three-run home run. After Rush followed with a home run, the fourth time this season the Yellow Jackets have hit back-to-back round-trippers, BC starting pitcher Nicole D'Argento was relieved by Taylor Peyton.

Peyton didn't fare any better as she surrendered a two-run home run by Dike to account for the final runs of the game.

In game two, Boston College scored single runs in each of the first three innings and led 3-1 heading to the bottom of the third. Junior Kristen Adkins started was but relieved by Coan with one out in the third inning. She came in with two on and was able to minimize the damage.

Coan was then helped out as her offense put up a nine-spot in the bottom of the third inning. With one out Priebe was hit by a pitch and after Rush walked, a RBI single by Sinclair made it a 3-2 game. Dike singled to load the bases and then junior Jessica Weaver reached on an error allowing the tying run to score. After freshman pinch hitter Caitlin Jordan drove in the fourth Tech run on a ground out, BC intentionally walked Yee to load the bases with two outs.

BC pitcher Allison Gage hit sophomore Kate Kuzma with the first pitch forcing in another run and then Weseman delivered a two-run double making it 7-3. Priebe busted the game wide open with a three-run home run, her second of the day and 13th of the season, making the score 10-3. That home run came off Peyton, who came into the game in relief of Gage after the Weseman double.

Call Leads NC State to Split at UVa

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – NC State pounded Virginia for a 9-0 victory after dropping the first game of a twin bill 4-1 in 10 innings on Saturday, April 17. Stephanie Call (7-7) allowed two hits in the second inning and didn’t allow a single base runner the rest of the way in picking up the decision in game two, helping herself out by going 2-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs.

The Pack responded in a big way in the second game, winning 9-0 behind three RBIs each from Call and Alyssa Allbritten.

Call helped her own cause in the top of the second with a leadoff home run to straightaway center, her 12th on the year, to give the Pack a quick 1-0 lead.

The Pack added a second run in the third as Landon Warren lead off with a base hit and later scored on a Bridget Desbois fielder’s choice.

NC State hung up three runs on four hits in the top of the sixth, pushing the score to 5-0. Allbritten and Desbois got the rally started with back-to-back base hits, and Call knocked both in with a stand up triple before scoring on a passed ball.

Allbritten made it an 8-0 ball game in the seventh, clocking a three-run bomb to center and bringing in Warren and Allison Presnell, both of whom had singled earlier. Claudia Cooper eventually brought in Morgan Barbour to score with another base hit.

Stephanie Coates (1-2) suffered the loss.

A walkoff homer in the bottom of the 10th lifted the Cavaliers past NC State, 4-1, in the first game. Lindsay Campana (16-8) went the distance, striking out seven. Melanie Mitchell (20-13) picked up the complete-game decision.

Desbois capitalized for the Pack in the top of the sixth, pushing an RBI base hit through the left side and sending Warren across the plate to give NC State a lead 1-0 lead. Warren led off the inning with a bunt single.

UVa immediately knotted the score at 1-all in the bottom half of the inning. Lauren McCaskey walked and moved up to second on a Nicole Koren sac-bunt, and Sarah Tacke followed by roping a triple to the wall in right.

Warren saved the game for the Pack in the bottom of the seventh, gunning down the potential game-winning run in Abby Snyder at the plate as she attempted to score from second on an Alex Skinkis single with two outs.

Giannina Cipolloni ended it with one swing in the bottom of the 10th. Skinkis singled up the middle and moved to second on a sac-bunt from Alexa Martinez. A wild pitch from Campana then put Skinkis on third, and the Pack intentionally walked Tacke. Cipolloni followed with a three-run shot over the wall down the line in right, handing UVa a 4-1 decision.