NCAA Softball Regional ACCtion: Saturday, May 19

May 19, 2012

Virginia Tech Pounds Its Way to Regional Final

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Behind 12 hits from the offense and another gem of an outing from pitcher Jasmin Harrell, the Virginia Tech softball team downed Miami (Ohio) 6-0 Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Lee Stadium to advance to Sunday's championship game.

"I just told the girls, that this is easily one of the most complete games we've played in the postseason ever that I can think of," Tech head coach Scot Thomas said. "We did the little things good, we were patient at the plate against a really solid team that was pumped up after a big win last night so hats off to them. I thought that we stayed with it, we got things done late and was able to put them away a little bit, but don't be surprised to see them get a little bit more energy and come back tonight. It was a great game, I'm real proud of our bunch."

Facing one of the top pitchers in the country in Miami's Jessica Simpson, the Hokies broke out offensively to run away from the RedHawks. After a scoreless first three innings, the Hokies finally broke through in the fourth inning. Dani Anderson drove in pinch runner Laura Wolff with a single up the middle in the fourth inning to open the scoring.

In the fifth inning, Courtney Liddle reached on an infield single to plate Bkaye Smith. In the sixth inning, pinch hitter Katey Smith came up big with an RBI single to plate pinch runner Nina Compton.

Carolina Downs Chanticleers, 5-3

ATHENS, Ga. - No. 21 North Carolina scored four runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back, defeating Coastal Carolina, 5-3, in an elimination game Saturday evening at Jack Turner Softball Stadium. The Tar Heels improve to 43-14 on the season.

Kelli Wheeler led off the game with a solo home run over the wall in left center field. Ally Blake, Constance Orr and Jordan Scarboro each tallied RBI-singles to propel the Tar Heels ahead early, 4-0.

Amber Parrish lined a RBI-double to center field in the top of the second inning as Carolina went ahead, 4-0.

Coastal Carolina's Cacia Pierre and Jazmin Daigle both singled in the bottom of the fifth frame to position runners at first and second base and then Jessie Winans then drew a walk to load the bases with two outs. Sara Rasley then hit a hopper up the middle, scoring two runs for the Chanticleers, narrowing the Tar Heel advantage to three, 5-2.

UGA Edges Carolina, 3-2

ATHENS, Ga. - 10th-seeded Georgia ran out to an early 3-0 lead and Erin Arevalo pitched seven innings of two-hit ball to edge North Carolina, 3-2. Senior Kelli Wheeler tallied a RBI in the loss to the Bulldogs, as the Tar Heels falls to 42-13 and will now face the winner of Georgia Southern vs. Coastal Carolina in an elimination game at 5 p.m.

Paige Wilson lined a RBI-double off the wall in center field in the top of the first inning and the Bulldogs tacked on another run on an error by UNC shortstop Ally Blake, to go ahead early, 2-0.

Kristyn Sandberg belted a solo home run to left center field in the top of the third, stretching the Georgia lead to three, 3-0.

Amy Nece was the first Tar Heel to reach base, doing so with a one-out single up the middle in the bottom of the fourth frame. But Blake flew out and Haleigh Dickey struck out swinging, stranding Nece at first.

Jackets Fall In NCAA Regional To South Alabama 10-1

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Coming off of a 9-1 thrashing of Tennessee-Martin, the Georgia Tech softball team just didn't have enough to overtake South Alabama and fell to the Jaguars 10-1 in five innings in their second elimination game of the NCAA Tournament at Rhoads Stadium.

With the loss, Tech finished its 2012 campaign with a 37-23 record.

South Alabama (41-16) jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning and didn't look back earning a spot against Alabama in the regional championships Sunday.

The Jackets only mustered three hits on the game including a 1-for-3 effort by Kelsi Weseman, who finished the season with a .404 batting average. Chelsie Thomas scored Tech's lone run of the game.

Jackets Down UT-Martin 9-1 In NCAA Elimination Game

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Georgia Tech softball team blasted 11 hits en route to a 9-1 victory over Tennessee-Martin in the NCAA Second Round elimination game, keeping its postseason hopes alive. The Yellow Jackets (37-22) put together a six run top of the seventh to seal the victory.

The Jackets will move on to face South Alabama in a rematch of Friday's NCAA first round game to determine who will move on to Championship Sunday. UT-Martin finishes its 2012 season with a 39-22 record.

Tech was led by Kelsi Weseman who went 4-for-4 on the day. The third time in her career she has had four hits and the first time since her April 18, 2009 of her freshman year. Hope Rush (26-12) was successful on the mound for the Jackets pitching all seven innings, allowing just four hits and one run while striking out three.

Tech was the first to score when they notched the first run of the game in the top of the first inning. Ashley Thomas led things off with a four pitch walk, stealing second in the next at bat. After fighting off a couple of pitches, Kelsi Weseman knocked one through the left side while Thomas came around from second to score using her speed to give the Jackets a 1-0 lead.

Seminoles End Season Against San Diego State

LOS ANGELES - Spectacular pitching throughout the UCLA Regionals this weekend just wasn't enough for the 20th-ranked Florida State University softball team as it fell once again to San Diego State by a 1-0 score to end a fulfilling 2012 season.

The Seminoles (47-16) came into the weekend boasting the nation's 11th-best earned run average, a mark that lowered even more thanks to some superb pitching by FSU ace Monica Perry. The Whitesburg, Ga., native was clicking on all cylinders this weekend, and gave FSU one of its biggest victories of the season earlier in the day when the Seminoles eliminated 11-time national champion UCLA by a 2-1 score in the Bruins' (36-20) ballpark.

In three games at the UCLA Regionals, FSU allowed just one earned run in 20 innings pitched, equaling an incredible 0.35 ERA. Perry allowed one earned run in 16.1 innings pitched while walking just two and striking out 11 in her three appearances.

Noles Defeat National Seed UCLA; Face SDSU

LOS ANGELES - Behind another tremendous performance from pitcher Monica Perry, the Florida State University softball team kept its season alive by defeating No. 12 national seed UCLA, 2-1, on Saturday evening at Easton Stadium.

The Seminoles (47-15) will now face San Diego State in an NCAA Regional elimination game beginning at 9:50 p.m. ET/6:50 p.m. PT this evening.

The winner of tonight's game will have to defeat Hofstra twice on Sunday afternoon with the first pitch beginning at 3 p.m. ET/noon PT.

Perry (22-6) delivered a complete-game performance and let up just one run and six hits with six strikeouts. The biggest hit of the game for FSU came on Briana Hamilton's solo home run in the second inning, her 12th of the season, to give FSU a 2-0 advantage.

Terrapins Edged by Harvard in Extras

SEATTLE, Wash. - The Maryland softball team was edged by Harvard, 3-2, in extra innings Saturday to fall in NCAA Regionals at the University of Washington. After tying it at 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth, the Terps allowed a run in the top of the eighth inning.

"Well it's a tough loss. It was a back and forth game and I feel like in the end we just didn't have the hits and they did," head coach Laura Watten said. "It's just the nature of the game. We had opportunities to take it and we didn't, and now that's just something as athletes and as competitors you learn and grow from. We'll come back next year and learn from it."

With the loss, the Terrapins end their season with a 34-22 overall record and their third straight Regionals appearance for the first time in school history.

Senior Kendra Knight held the Crimson (34-14) hitless through four innings. She allowed just three runs, two walks and struck out seven in her eight-inning complete game.