No. 1 Seed Georgia Tech Shuts Out No. 8 Seed Eagles in ACC Softball Championship First Round

May 14, 2010

BLACKSBURG, Va.--Top-seeded Georgia Tech shut out No. 8 seed Boston College, 8-0, in the first round of the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Championship this evening at Tech Softball Park in Blacksburg, Va. ACC Player of the Year Jen Yee was walked three times to tie an ACC Softball Championship single-game record, including one intentional pass, her 30th of the season, which set the NCAA Division I single-season record.

The victory improves the Yellow Jackets to 47-9 (19-2 ACC) and advances them to tomorrow's second semifinal game where they will play the winner between No. 5 seed NC State and No. 4 seed North Carolina at 3:30 p.m. The Eagles end their season at 16-33 (2-18 ACC).

"We came out and we wanted to do it with out bats," said ACC Coach of the Year Sharon Perkins. "We wanted to try and play five innings. Also, we had really good pitching today."

In addition to Yee at the plate, junior first baseman Kristine Priebe, ACC Freshman of the Year Hope Rush, sophomore left fielder Shannon Bear, junior pitcher/outfielder Kristen Adkins, and senior right fielder Kelly Eppinger were part of a four-run second inning the put Georgia Tech on the board.

Adkins hit a two-run home run in the frame, her fifth of the season, and had a run scoring double to finish 2-for-3 at the plate. Adkins also started on the mound for the Yellow Jackets and improved to 8-2. She allowed just three hits and struck out three batters.

Georgia Tech added another run in the bottom of the fourth and three more in the fifth--capped by a RBI walk from Yee--to end the game and seal the victory.

Five Yellow Jackets, including Rush, who hit her 19th home run of the season, had two hits in the game.

Senior infielder Blair Destito, junior shortstop Rene Delagrammaticas, and junior outfielder/infielder Alison Kooistra had hits for the Eagles.

Freshman hurler Nicole D'Argento started for Boston College and worked 1.1 innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on four hits, to suffer the loss and fall to 5-14 this season. Junior Allison Gage came on in relief and threw the final 3.0 innings. Gage also surrendered four runs on seven hits.

Georgia Tech returns to the diamond tomorrow, Saturday, May 15 at 3:30 p.m. to face the winner between NC State and North Carolina. The game will be video-streamed live via ACC Select on theACC.com. USA Softball Assistant Coach Barbara Jordan and Jerry Massey have the call.

2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Championship
Tech Softball Park; Blacksburg, Va.
#8 Boston College vs. #1 Georgia Tech Postgame Quotes

Georgia Tech head coach Sharon Perkins

Opening Statement: "We came out and we wanted to do it with out bats. We wanted to try and play five innings. Also, we had really good pitching today."

On playing five innings: "We haven't played in [12 days] so it was nice to get out there again, but it was also nice to end it early."

Georgia Tech junior pitcher/outfielder Kristen Adkins

On her performance at the plate and on the mound: "It's a really big deal for our team to come in here and, right off the bat, gain some momentum."

Boston College head coach Jen Finley

Opening Statement: "It was a hard fought game. [Georgia Tech] is a great hitting team. That's they're ranked in the top-10."

On Boston College seniors ending their careers: "I'm really proud of what they've accomplished as players, but, more importantly, as people."

2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Championship
Tech Softball Park; Blacksburg, Va.
#8 Boston College vs. #1 Georgia Tech Postgame Notes

  • Georgia Tech advances to the semifinals to face the winner between No. 5 seed NC State and No. 4 seed North Carolina.
  • The #8 seed of the championship falls to 0-8 all-time.

Georgia Tech... ...improves to 47-9 (19-2 ACC). ...improves to 19-2 all-time against Boston College. ...improves to 3-0 against Boston College in the championship. ...junior pitcher/outfielder Kristen Adkins earned the win and improved to 8-2. Adkins also hit her fifth home run and fifth double of the season. ...senior second baseman Jen Yee tied an ACC championship record with three walks in a single game. Her mark is the 11th such game in league championship history, and first since Kelly Brown of Virginia Tech in 2005. ...Yee was intentionally walked for the 30th time this season, setting an NCAA Division I record, set by Kaitlin Cochran on Arizona State in 2008. ...freshman pitcher/defensive player Hope Rush hit her 19th home run this season. ...has won four consecutive games, and five straight against an ACC opponent. ...has won five consecutive games in the ACC championship. ...has won by shutout 14 times this season. Starting Lineup: 1. Jen Yee, 2b; 2. Kate Kuzma, c; 3. Kelsi Weseman, ss; 4. Kristine Priebe, 1b; 5. Hope Rush, dp; 6. Danielle Dike, 3b, 7. Shannon Bear, lf; 8. Kristen Adkins, p; 9. Christy Jones, cf; 10. Kelly Eppinger, rf.

Boston College ...ends its season at 16-33 (2-18 ACC). ...falls to 2-19 all-time against Georgia Tech. ...falls to 0-3 against Georgia Tech in the ACC championship. ...freshman pitcher Nicole D'Argento suffered the loss and fell to 5-14. Starting Lineup: 1. Blair Destito, 1b; 2. Allie Thunstrom, lf; 3. Amy Tunstall, c; 4. Renee Ramos, 2b; 5. Dani Weir, 3b; 6. Brittany Wilkins, dp; 7. Rene Delagrammaticas, ss; 8. Alison Kooistra, rf; 9. Maria Pandolfo, cf; 10. Nicole D'Argento, p.