NCAA Softball Regional ACCtion: May 18

May 18, 2012

Tar Heels Top Eagles in Extras

ATHENS, Ga.- Lori Spingola tossed eight innings of one-run ball and Jordan Scarboro drew a hit-by-pitch to walk in the winning run, as No. 21 North Carolina edged Georgia Southern, 3-2, at Jack Turner Softball Stadium Friday afternoon. Haleigh Dickey also tallied a RBI in the win over the Eagles as the Tar Heels improve to 42-13 on the season.

Ally Blake lined a two-out single through the right side in the bottom of the first inning, but Haleigh Dickey struck out swinging to strand her at first base.

Amber Parrish drove a one-out double to right center field in the bottom of the second frame and Chelsey Butler came into pinch run for her at second base. Constance Orr fouled out to the second baseman, advancing Butler to third base. Jordan Scarboro struck out swinging, end the threat.

Hokies Down Blazers 4-1 in First Round of NCAA Tournament

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Two runs in the first inning were enough to lift the Virginia Tech softball team to a 4-1 victory over UAB in the first round of the NCAA Softball Tournament at the University of Tennessee's Lee Stadium.

In the first inning, Lauren Gaskill led off with a walk and the stole second base. Two batters later, junior Courtney Liddle doubled off the wall to plate Gaskill and then freshman Kelsey Mericka singled to right field to make it 2-0.

That's the way thing stood until the Blazers made things interesting in the sixth inning. A pair of walks was followed by a sharp single up the middle by Kristen McGrath to score a run, but Tech starter Jasmin Harrell got a big strikeout looking to end the threat.

Leading 2-1, the Hokies tacked on two big insurance runs in the bottom half of the inning. Kat Banks singled through the right side and moved up on Bkaye Smith's walk before Gaskill singled up the middle to drive in Banks. After a 48-minute lightning delay, McGoldrick reached on an error to plate Smith to give Tech a 4-1 lead.

Perry's Gem Spoiled in Seminole Loss to San Diego State

LOS ANGELES, Calif. ( - Despite not allowing an earned run in a seven-inning gem, redshirt junior pitcher Monica Perry absorbed a tough loss as the 20th-ranked Florida State University softball team fell to San Diego State, 1-0, in the opening game of the NCAA Regionals hosted by UCLA on Friday evening.

Perry (21-6) completed what was essentially a shutout performance, throwing seven stellar innings and allowing five hits with five strikeouts while allowing just one unearned run. The Aztecs' (31-22) only run came in the second inning with two outs on an errant throw from third base on a routine grounder that would have ended the inning. Instead, the underthrown ball allowed Justeen Maeva to score what was the lone run of the ballgame.

The loss was Perry's third this season when not allowing an earned run, as she also took undeserving losses against Radford and at nationally-ranked Hawaii. Facing a potent offense that entered the game batting .296 and had six .300 or better batters, the Whitesburg, Ga., native showed excellent command of her pitches and got herself out of a couple small jams with pinpoint control.

Late Rally by South Alabama Hands Jackets First NCAA Tournament Loss, 4-3

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - A two-run rally by South Alabama in the top of the seventh inning handed the Georgia Tech softball team its first loss of the Tuscaloosa Regional in the NCAA Tournament Friday at Rhoads Stadium. The Jackets were leading 3-2 heading into the final inning of play but fell 4-3 to the Jaguars.

Hope Rush started and pitched four complete innings for the Yellow Jackets (36-22) surrendering five hits and two runs to South Alabama (40-15). Kylie Kleinschmidt came on in relief of Rush and pitched two shutout innings, before giving up the game winning run in the top of the seventh inning. Kleinschmidt allowed four hits and two runs in three innings of work to garner the loss.

Tech was led by senior Shannon Bear at the plate who went 2-for-4 scoring a run and driving in another. In Bear's first plate appearance she tripled to right, her first of the season, scoring in the next at bat. She drove in a run for the Jackets in the following inning, scoring Kate Kuzma from second on a single to left.

Hannah Campbell picked up the victory for South Alabama, her 24th of the year. The sophomore went seven complete, letting up nine hits and three earned runs.

Maryland Falls to No. 23 Texas Tech

SEATTLE - The Maryland softball team fell to No. 23 Texas Tech 6-1, Saturday after leading early, then battling in a tie game through the top of the sixth in NCAA Regionals at the University of Washington. The Terps outhit the Red Raiders 6-4, but Texas Tech rallied with a four-run bottom of the sixth.

The Terrapins will play either 16th-seeded Washington (36-17) or Harvard (33-13) Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET in the double elimination Regionals tournament. The Huskies and the Crimson play Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET.

Senior Kendra Knight started in the circle and allowed just four hits and three earned runs on the day.

The Terrapins (34-21) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. After Kathy McLaughlin led off with a base hit, Vangie Galindo got on with a fielder's choice. Shannon Bustillos pushed her to third with another base hit. Galindo stole home on a double-steal play for Maryland's lead.