Softball ACCtion: Wednesday, April 28

April 28, 2010

Hokies Sweep Liberty on Senior Night

BLACKSBURG, Va. - On the strength of two superb outings in the circle, the Virginia Tech softball team swept Liberty University on Senior Night at Tech Softball Park. The Hokies cruised to an 11-4 win in the first game before gutting out a 1-0 win in the night cap.

The first game started off rough for started Kenzie Roark as she gave up two runs on four hits in the opening stanza. But she settled down after that, allowing just one hit the rest of the way. The junior allowed four runs (two earned), struck out a career-high 12 batters and walked just one to pick up her eighth win of the season.

Trailing 2-0 in the third inning, the Hokies busted it open with five runs. Kristen Froehlich doubled in a run and then, with the bases loaded, senior Whitney Davis was hit by a pitch before Kristina Cruz drove in two with a single. Liberty cut the lead back to one with two runs in the fourth, but the Hokies put up a four spot in the fourth inning.

Maryland's Hickey Tosses No-Hitter, Terps Sweep Delaware State

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior Kerry Hickey threw a no-hitter Wednesday night in the first game of the Terps' doubleheader against Delaware State. The Terrapins (31-19, 7-10) won 8-0 in six innings in game one and 5-1 in the second.

Hickey threw her second no-hitter of the season and tenth of her career in the first game. She allowed one walk in her 6.0 innings and recorded seven strikeouts.

Over the last week, the Terrapin pitching staff of Hickey and sophomore Kendra Knight has allowed just one earned run in the last five games (33.0 innings). Knight and Hickey have combined for 38 strikeouts and have given up just 13 hits. The duo currently owns the best ERA in the Atlantic Coast Conference (1.56).

Maryland's offense came through Wednesday as well. As a team, the Terps hit .333 against the Hornets. Senior Nadine Blackie had four hits on the night and nine Terrapins notched hits. They forced the Hornets into seven pitching changes in 11.2 innings.

Tar Heels Wrap Up Regular Season With Split to Radford

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - In the final two games of North Carolina's regular season, the Tar Heels split a doubleheader with the Radford Highlanders (32-14) by the scores of 5-4 and 3-1 at Anderson Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. Senior pitcher Amber Johnson contained Radford to two hits and one run in today's second game. Senior Christine Knauer went 3 for 5 on the day and stole her Atlantic Coast Conference leading 39th base as Carolina wraps up its regular season with a 39-17 record.

Danielle Spaulding (18-4) received the start for Carolina in the first game of the day. Spaulding pitched the first seven innings of the game and surrendered four runs, six hits and two Highlander home runs. The two-time NFCA All-America Selection struck out 11 batters and maintained her standing as the current leader of all active NCAA players with an 11.8 strikeouts per seven innings ratio.

The Tar Heels collected nine hits in the game with Spaulding and sophomore Kelli Wheeler leading the way with two each. Despite the nine hits and five walks accumulated in the game, Carolina only plated four runners and left 12 on base.

No. 9/7 Georgia Tech Falls to No. 4/4 Alabama, 13-1

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - No. 4/4 Alabama (40-9) scored in every inning and defeated No. 9/7 Georgia Tech (43-9), 13-1 in five innings, Wednesday night at the Alabama Softball Complex. Junior Kristine Priebe had a RBI double to account for the Yellow Jackets' only run.

Freshman Hope Rush (24-6) took the loss as she was charged with five earned runs in just one-plus inning of work. It was the shortest start of her career. Rush allowed three hits, walked four and struck out one. Sophomore Jessica Coan went the rest of the way for Georgia Tech and was charged with eight runs (six earned) on nine hits and five walks. She also fanned five batters.

Junior Christy Jones had the only other hit off Alabama starter Kelsi Dunne (21-4). Dunne gave up one earned run on two hits. She walked one and fanned eight.