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May 13, 2011
ATLANTA, Ga. –- Eighth-seeded Virginia held top-seeded Georgia Tech scoreless and limited the Yellow Jackets to four hits en route to a 6-0 victory in game three of the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Championship at Mewborn Field in Atlanta, Ga.
With the victory, Virginia improves to 24-30 (5-14). The Cavaliers advance to the semifinal round where they will face either fourth-seeded Florida State or fifth-seeded Virginia Tech. This marks Virginia’s first ACC tournament victory since 2006. The Cavaliers are now 8-8 all-time against the Yellow Jackets in the conference tournament. Georgia Tech, which was ranked in both national polls this week, falls to 44-10 (18-2).
This marks the biggest upset since the league expanded to eight softball teams. Last season seventh-seeded Virginia Tech defeated second-seeded Virginia 1-0 in eight innings. In 2007 No. 7 Boston College topped No. 2 NC State 2-0.
Sophomore pitcher Melanie Mitchell tossed a complete game shutout to move to 17-16 on the season. She surrendered just four hits and struck out three batters.
Senior Kristen Adkins, a first team All-ACC pick, took the loss to move to 20-6 on the season. She tossed 2.2 innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits. She struck out three. Freshman Lindsey Anderson came on in the third and allowed four earned runs on five hits. She fanned five batters.
Freshman second baseman Marcy Bowdren went 4-for-4 at the plate for the Cavaliers. Junior Rachel Harvey came on as a pinch hitter and finished 1-for-1 with two RBI. Freshman third baseman Erica Cipolloni also had multiple hits going 2-for-3. Bowdren and Cipolloni had two stolen bases each, while two more Cavaliers had one apiece.
Four different Yellow Jackets tallied hits in the game.
Virginia struck first in the second inning. Bowdren scored the first run on an error by the right fielder. Sophomore outfielder Taylor Williams hit a single to the pitcher plating sophomore shortstop Alex Skinkis.
The Cavaliers increased their advantage to three runs in the fifth. Freshman first baseman Stephanie Harris, a second team All-ACC pick, singled to right field to score junior centerfielder Giannina Cipolloni.
Virginia added three more in the top of the seventh. Senior catcher Alison Pittman crossed home plate on a Bowdren single. Junior Rachel Harvey came on to pinch hit and singled to right field, scoring Bowdren and Erica Cipolloni.
In the bottom of the seventh sophomore designated player Caitlin Jordan, a first team All-ACC pick, singled to the pitcher and then stole second. Mitchell struck out the next two Yellow Jackets swinging to end the inning and secure the victory.
Georgia Tech finished the game with three errors, moving to 0-2 this season in games where the team commits three or more miscues. It marks the first time since February 2010 that the Yellow Jackets were shut out in a game.
With host Georgia Tech eliminated from the championship, the streak extends to seven years in which the host team has not won the conference championship. Florida State was the last team to accomplish the feat, winning it all in Tallahassee in 2004.
A live web-stream of both semifinal games tomorrow will be available via The ACC Network on theACC.com.