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MOBILE, Ala. (seminoles.com) - Behind another outstanding pitching performance from Lacey Waldrop as well as clutch hitting from Maddie O'Brien, the 19th-ranked Florida State softball team defeated No. 13 national seed South Alabama, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon at Jaguar Field.
Changing her speeds and keeping an accomplished Jaguar (46-8) offense on edge, Waldrop recorded her second win of the NCAA Regional by striking out 10 and allowing six hits in seven innings pitched. The Chester, Va. native allowed only one walk, which occurred in a climactic seventh inning. Waldrop (24-8) now has seven double-digit strikeout performances this season. Her 24 victories on the season are the most by a Seminole since Terese Gober had the same amount in 2009.
"This team has so much fight in them and today was another example of that," head coach Lonni Alameda said. "Once again Lacey pitched great for us against a tough team, and we knew this would be a pitcher's duel with the players they have in the circle. Maddie did a great job of staying composed in the box and exploiting her chances, and it turned out to be huge for us and put us in an ideal situation."
LEXINGTON, Ky. (hokiesports.com) - In an epic pitcher’s duel that lasted nearly four hours and saw a combined 402 pitches from the two hurlers, the Virginia Tech softball team defeated Marshall University 3-2 in 13 innings Saturday night at John Cropp Stadium in an NCAA Championship elimination game.
Both teams had great opportunities, but in the bottom of the 13th inning, Amanda Ake laced a two-out, two-strike double to the gap and made it to third base on an error. Senior Bkaye Smith, on a 2-0 count, then reached out and laced a single to left field to plate Ake and send the Hokies streaming out of the dugout in jubilation.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (hokiesports.com) - Behind a one-hitter from freshman Kelsey Nunley, the 17th-ranked and 12th-seeded Kentucky softball team downed Virginia Tech 6-2 in a winner’s bracket game Saturday at John Cropp Stadium in the NCAA Softball Championship.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Saturday's elimination game between NC State and James Madison in the NCAA Knoxville Regional was stopped because of rain after four innings with the score tied 4-4 and postponed until Sunday morning.
The game will resume at 11:30 a.m. at the Sherri Parker Lee Stadium on Tennessee's campus, with the winner advancing to play No. 5 host Tennessee in the double-elimination event. If an additional game is necessary, it is slated for 4 p.m.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - It took the longest NCAA regional game in Tennessee history for the fifth-ranked and host Volunteers to beat NC State pitcher Emily Weiman and the Wolfpack on Saturday in the winner's bracket game of the NCAA Knoxville Regional at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.