Softball ACCtion: Sunday, April 25

April 25, 2010

No. 8/6 Georgia Tech Clinches ACC Regular Season Title With 5-2 Win at No. 24/20 Florida State

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A two-run single by Danielle Dike led a three-run fifth inning as the No. 8/6 Georgia Tech Softball team (43-8, 16-2 ACC) erased a 2-0 deficit and came back to beat No. 24/20 Florida State (39-14, 10-8) 5-2 on Sunday afternoon at JoAnne Graf Field. The win clinched the Yellow Jackets' second straight ACC regular season title and was just their third ever in school history.

Dike was 2-for-4 in the game, while sophomore Kelsi Weseman also had two hits for the Yellow Jackets. Redshirt senior Jen Yee tied two more records in the game. She was intentionally walked three times this afternoon giving her 29 on the season which tied Arizona State's Katie Cochran for the most in NCAA history. Cochran was issued a free pass 29 times in 2008. Yee also scored the 216th run of her career moving into a tie with current Assistant Coach Aileen Morales atop the all-time Tech chart. Yee has done it in one less season.

Roark Strong in Hokies' Win Over UNC

BLACKSBURG - The Virginia Tech softball team rebounded from a tough Saturday by coming back to beat the University of North Carolina 4-0 Sunday afternoon at Tech Softball Park.

A day after getting shut out twice by the Tar Heel pitchers, the Hokies made adjustments to get things rolling. In the third inning, with two outs, Bkaye Smith reached on a fielding error by pitcher Danielle Spaulding. It proved to be a big error as the next batter - Richelle McGarva - blasted a two-run home run to left field to make it 2-0. It was the junior's fourth home run of the season.

One inning later, freshman Courtney Liddle crushed her ninth home run of the season, a monstrous solo shot down the left field line that landed on Spring Road and rolled across the street toward Lane Stadium.

Terps Take Series at NC State

RALEIGH, N.C. - The Maryland softball team claimed its second consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference series win Sunday afternoon behind sophomore Kendra Knight's dominating performance in the circle. The Terps (29-19, 7-10) beat the Wolfpack (28-23, 9-9) 1-0 to go 2-1 in the three-game series.

Knight pitched all 7.0 innings for the Terps and allowed N.C. State batters just one hit on the day. Landon Warren singled up the middle to leadoff the first inning for the Wolfpack. It would be N.C. State's only hit of the day. Knight did not give up a walk and recorded six strikeouts in the win.

Neither team scored until the top of the fourth inning. Junior Marisha Branson sent her third home run of the season to right field for the lone run of the game.

Virginia Completes Sweep With 4-2 Win Over BC

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Virginia softball team (32-18, 12-5 ACC) completed the sweep over Boston College (14-28, 0-15 ACC) with a 4-2 win in nine innings Sunday in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Freshman pitcher Melanie Mitchell earned her 25th win of the season, the most since 1994 when Michelle Collins also won 25 games. She needs two more wins to tie former Cavalier Lisa Palmer in the records books as the single season leader; Palmer won 27 games during the 1988 campaign.

Mitchell tossed all nine innings and finished with six strikeouts in another complete game outing.