NCAA Softball Regional ACCtion: Friday, May 20

May 20, 2011

FSU Falls in Hurler Duel

ATHENS, Ga. - Senior pitcher Sarah Hamilton allowed just one earned run and five hits in a complete-game performance, but it wasn't enough as the Florida State University softball team endured a tough 2-0 loss to UAB in game one of the NCAA Athens Regional on Friday afternoon.

The Tallahassee native struck out eight Blazer batters to mark 997 for her career, three shy of becoming the first Seminole softball pitcher to touch the 1,000 K mark. She worked UAB with her solid repertoire of pitches and was effective for most of the afternoon.

For the season, Hamilton has now put together five starts where she allowed one earned run or less and come away with the loss. UAB jumped on the scoreboard first in the opening inning when Mandy Lowman's two-out bloop RBI single to left center plated Kayla Orr from second base, making it 1-0. Lowman reached base by hitting a double that left fielder Morgan Bullock appeared to lose in the sun, going over her head for an extra base hit.

Georgia Tech Falls to Oklahoma State on Walk-Off Single in NCAA Tournament Opener

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A two-out RBI single by Julie Ward in the bottom of the bottom of the seventh inning gave the No. 22/25 Oklahoma State softball team (38-17) a 2-1 win over No. 19/18 Georgia Tech (44-11) in the first round of the NCAA Softball Knoxville Regional Friday evening.

The Yellow Jackets will now face the loser of the game between No. 14 Tennessee and Liberty in an elimination game Saturday at 4:30 p.m. If Tech wins that game, it would come back and play again at 7 p.m.

Freshman Lindsey Anderson (12-1) took the loss for the Yellow Jackets as she went the distance allowing two runs on six hits in her first career postseason start. She walked four (one intentional) and struck out seven. Kat Espinosa (21-7) got the win for the Cowgirls as she scattered four hits and struck out four. She did not walk a batter and the run she allowed was unearned.

Terps Fall to ECU, 5-1

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland softball team (39-18) fell to East Carolina 5-1 Friday night in its opening game of the NCAA Regionals at Robert E. Taylor Stadium despite six strong innings from relief pitcher Kendra Knight.

After the Pirates took the five-run lead in the top of the first inning, Knight came on and pitched 6.0 innings, giving up just one hit and notching 10 strikeouts.

East Carolina (40-20) took the early lead with a five-run top of the first. Jordan Lewis hit a three-run homer over the left centerfield wall and two batters later, Jasmine Robbins hit a two-run home run in the same spot.