Softball ACCtion: Wednesday, April 21

April 21, 2010

Call Sets School Record in NC State’s Sweep at UNCW
Stephanie Call mashed her 14th home run of the year, setting a school record for most long balls in a single season as the NC State softball team cruised to a doubleheader sweep at UNC Wilmington on Wednesday.

NC State took game one 7-2, before grabbing a 15-4 win in the second contest.

Call went deep in both games, tying the old mark in the first game and later setting her own record in the second. The previous standard of 13 had been reached on three occasions, twice by Jen Chamberlin (2006, 07) and once by Heather Gelbard (2007).

Virginia Beats Radford 5-2 and 4-2
The Virginia softball team (29-18) took a doubleheader from Radford (29-12) to snap the Highlanders' 13-game win streak Wednesday at The Park. The Cavaliers won the first game 5-2, sitting through a rain delay, and came back twice to take game two, 4-2. It was the final non-conference matchup of the season for Virginia.

The Cavaliers outhit Radford 8-5 in the first game, led by two hits from junior Lauren McCaskey. Freshman Melanie Mitchell tossed a complete game, her 26th of the season, to earn the victory. She finished with 10 strikeouts.

Virginia's first four batters each recorded hits and scored runs in the bottom of the first inning. Freshman Alex Skinkis singled to center and scored when McCaskey doubled down the right field line. Nicole Koren then singled to left to score McCaskey and Sarah Tacke followed with a two-run homer to right center. 

Hokies split on the diamond at Longwood
The Virginia Tech softball team split a doubleheader Wednesday night at Lancer Field in non-conference action, dropping the first game 10-7 but then holding on for an exciting 4-3 win in the night cap.

In the opener, the Hokies made two big comebacks, but the pitching staff couldn’t hold the hot-hitting Lancers when it counted as Tech fell 10-7. The Hokies scored in the top of the first inning when Misty Hall’s single drove in Richelle McGarva, who was hit by a pitch. But Longwood responded with three runs of its own in the bottom of the first and another in the second inning.

In the third, Hall tripled to drive in Kristen Froehlich, but Longwood answered with a run to make it 5-2. Tech scored two runs in the sixth to close the gap to one. Ashton Ward tripled and scored on Kristina Cruz’s double to right field. Pinch runner Ella Miller came around to score on McGarva’s single to cut it to a one-run deficit. But once again, the Hokies’ pitchers couldn’t get it done as Longwood put five runs in the sixth inning, capped by a monster three-run home run from Camille Ketsdever off Kenzie Roark, who was brought back in after being pulled earlier in the game.

No. 8/6 Georgia Tech Falls To No. 12/10 Georgia, 6-3
A two-run triple off the bat of Brianna Hesson broke open a 3-3 game in the bottom of the fifth inning as the No. 12/10 Georgia Softball team (37-8) defeated No. 8/6 Georgia Tech (41-7), 6-3, Wednesday at the UGA Softball Stadium. The loss snaps Tech's nine-game winning streak while it was UGA's 12th straight win.

Georgia Tech got all of its runs on one swing of the bat by sophomore Jessica Sinclair as her three-run home run in the top of the fourth inning tied the game at three. Freshman Hope Rush (22-5) took the loss as she allowed three runs in three innings of relief. Rush gave up five hits, walked two and struck out one. Sophomore Jessica Coan started and pitched the first three innings giving up three runs on five hits and a walk.

Taylor Schlopy led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run off Coan putting UGA up 1-0. The Bulldogs added another run in the first inning on a RBI single by Alisa Goler.

Seminoles go on the road to shutout South Alabama, 2-0 … Coming Soon