NCAA Softball Regional ACCtion: May 20

May 20, 2012

Hokies' Dramatic NCAA Run Comes to an End

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Virginia Tech softball team's dramatic run to the final of the NCAA Knoxville Regional came to an end Sunday afternoon at Lee Stadium as the Hokies fell to fifth-ranked and seventh-seeded Tennessee 2-1 and 10-2. With the losses, Tech's season comes to an end as the Hokies finished with a 42-21 record. The Hokies opened the weekend with a 4-1 win over UAB and a 6-0 win over Miami (Ohio) to reach the finals.

"I'm just really proud of this team," head coach Scot Thomas said. "Hats off to Tennessee, they have a great program and I felt like we came down here and played hard and I'm real proud of this program."

Needing just one win to advance to the Super Regionals, Tech had a great chance in the first game, but couldn't pull it out. Tennessee hit a solo home run in the first inning that bounced off the top of the wall and over, and then scored one more in the fifth inning to take a 2-0 lead. Tech had a great chance in its half of the fifth inning, putting runners on the corners, but couldn't get a sac fly or a hit to plate a run. Finally, in the seventh inning, Logan Spaw singled up the middle to plate Kat Banks to cut the lead in half, but Tennessee's Ivy Renfroe got a strikeout to end the game.

Tech's Jasmin Harrell pitched a masterful game, giving up two runs on seven hits with a walk and two strikeouts. At the plate, Spaw, Banks, Kylie McGoldrick and Betty Rose each had a hit.

Carolina Falls to Georgia, 2-1

ATHENS, Ga.-- Erin Arevalo held the Tar Heel offense to three hits as 10th-seeded Georgia held on for a 2-1 victory over No. 21 North Carolina to win the Athens Regional at Jack Turner Softball Stadium Sunday afternoon. The Tar Heels finish the season with a 43-15 ledger.

Georgia loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the second but Gracie Goulder flew out to right field. Tisha Mahon made the catch and then threw a laser to home plate to make the double play, as the Tar Heels escaped the bases-loaded jam.

Constance Orr singled through the left side to lead off the top of the third and Chelsey Butler entered to pinch run at first base and stole second base. Kelsey Green laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Butler to third, but Tisha Mahon struck out and Kelli Wheeler hit a pop foul, stranding Butler at third.

Christine Olney broke the scoreless tie with a bases-loaded, RBI-single up the middle in the bottom of the fourth. Goulder followed by drawing a bases-loaded walk to put the Bulldogs ahead, 2-0.