Softball ACCtion: Sunday, April 18

April 18, 2010

Jen Yee Ties Tech, ACC Season Home Run Record As No. 9/7 Softball Completes Sweep Of BC
Redshirt senior Jen Yee tied the school and ACC record with her 24th home run of the season and sophomore Jessica Coan struck out a career-high 13 batters in just five innings as the No. 9/7 Georgia Tech Softball team (41-6, 14-1 ACC) shut out Boston College (12-25, 0-12), 4-0, Sunday afternoon at Mewborn Field.

Yee went 3-for-3 in the game and the home run, her 24th of the year, tied Whitney Haller for the Georgia Tech and ACC single-season record. Haller did it in 2006. On the weekend, Yee was 6-for-6 and on base in all 10 of her plate appearances.

Coan (13-1) pitched the first five innings and allowed three singles, all of which were bloops off the bat of BC leadoff hitter Blair Destito. She walked two and struck out a career-high 13. At one point, Coan struck out 10 straight Eagle hitters and has now pitched 23 consecutive scoreless innings. Freshman Hope Rush pitched the final two innings for the Yellow Jackets and gave up two hits. She did not walk a batter and fanned one.

No. 16 FSU Beats VT, 3-1
The No. 16 Florida State softball team ended its five-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over Virginia Tech on Sunday.

Senior Terese Gober started in the circle for the Seminoles (37-12, 9-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) and tossed five complete innings before she was replaced by junior Sarah Hamilton.

Gober finished the day with one earned run, five strikeouts and just three walks. Hamilton got the save as she struck out three and walked one in two innings of work against the Hokies (18-28, 5-10).

Carolina Bounces Back With Win Over Maryland, 4-0
After dropping the first two games of the series yesterday, No. 23 North Carolina (35-15, 9-9 Atlantic Coast Conference) responded with a 4-0 victory over the Maryland Terrapins (27-18, 5-9 ACC) on Senior Day at Anderson Stadium. Catcher Brittany McKinney led the Tar Heels offensively with a two-run home run in the third inning and senior pitcher Danielle Spaulding stifled the Terrapins by pitching a complete game two-hit shut out for Carolina.

On Senior Day, UNC Head Coach Donna Papa turned to an upperclassman-laden line up featuring four seniors and three juniors.

Spaulding, who is the reigning two-time ACC Player of the Year, retired the Terrapins in order until the fifth inning when Maryland's Alex Schultz singled up the middle. Spaulding walked the next batter, Hickey, but worked her way out of the jam and maintained the shut out. The fifth inning was the only threat Maryland gave Spaulding during the game. The senior from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. faced 22 batters and forced 21 outs.

Cavaliers Win Series with NC State After 1-0 Victory
The Virginia softball team (27-18, 9-5 ACC) tied a school record after earning its ninth Atlantic Coast Conference win of the season with a 1-0 victory over NC State (25-21, 8-7 ACC) Sunday at The Park. Senior Nicole Koren had the game-winning RBI to score teammate Alex Skinkis in the bottom of the sixth inning.

The victory gave Virginia the series win over the Wolfpack, two games to one. The Cavaliers have won the series with Maryland, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and NC State this season and currently sit in second place behind Georgia Tech (13-1 ACC) in the conference standings. Florida State (9-6 ACC) is directly behind the Cavaliers with Boston College (0-12 ACC) and the Seminoles still on the docket for UVa.

Freshman Melanie Mitchell picked up her 21st win of the season in the circle, the most since Kristen Dennis won 24 games in 2002. That number currently ranks seventh all-time in the Virginia record book. Mitchell threw the complete game shutout with nine strikeouts and no walks.