NCAA Softball Regional ACCtion: Saturday, May 21

May 21, 2011

Seminoles Win Two, Defeat Georgia State and UAB

ATHENS, Ga. - In a day where there was a multitude of standout performances for the Florida State University softball team, it was pitcher Jessica Nori who stood out the most. The redshirt freshman from Weston, Fla., delivered two victories as FSU defeated Georgia State in game one, 6-1, and defeated UAB in the elimination game, 13-1, in six innings.

The two victories for the Seminoles (32-27) create the possibility of two matchups at No. 6 Georgia on Sunday afternoon. In order for FSU to move past the Athens Regional, it must defeat the Bulldogs twice tomorrow. Game one begins at noon, with the second game beginning at approximately 2:30 p.m. if necessary.

"I think we've been here before with our backs to the wall," head coach Lonni Alameda said. "It was a good opportunity to come out, put the ball and play and run the bases well. We played two very energetic ball clubs, and we are very excited to be able to come out and play on Sunday."

Nori (8-5) combined to allow just one run in 9.1 innings pitched on the day. She stayed aggressive and attacked both the Panthers (36-25) and the Blazers (39-19) all day, allowing her defense to make several key plays in both games. Against Georgia State, she entered the game with the bases loaded in the fourth inning and induced a groundout to third base to preserve a 2-1 lead. She faced a similar situation two weekends ago against Georgia Tech, showing her poise by striking out one of the best hitters in the country in Kelsi Weseman.

Maryland Splits, Eliminated by ECU

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland softball team fell to East Carolina 2-0 Saturday in the NCAA Regionals at Robert E. Taylor Stadium. Earlier in the day, the Terrapins beat Lehigh 11-0 in five innings, but the loss to the Pirates eliminated the Terps from the NCAA Tournament.

The Terps (40-19) finish with the most wins in program history since 1999, when they finished with 51. This year marks the first time the Terrapins have earned bids to the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back years.

Junior Kendra Knight started in the circle in both games. She allowed one earned run over 11.0 innings with 13 strikeouts. She pitched a complete game against the Pirates.

Sophomore Sara Acosta went 4-for-4 against ECU and 5-for-7 on the day. Juniors Kathy McLaughlin, Vangie Galindo and sophomore Nikki Maier each had three hits between the two games.

In the final game of the day, the Pirates (41-21) took the lead in the top of the second inning, when they scored off of a Terps' error in the top of the second. Then, shortstop Kathy McLaughlin threw to catcher Samantha Mallory to get Suzanne Riggs out at home.

The Terrapins rallied to load the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but strong defensive fielding from the Pirates cut the rally short.

Against Lehigh, Maryland had a season-high 15 hits, with two hits coming from six players and nine total players notching at least a hit.

No. 19/18 Georgia Tech Falls To No. 5/7 Tennessee In NCAA Knoxville Regional Elimination Game

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Lauren Gibson went 3-for-3 with two home runs and six RBI to lead No. 5/7 Tennessee (49-11) to a 7-0 win over No. 19/18 Georgia Tech (45-12) Saturday night in an elimination game of the NCAA Softball Knoxville Regional. Tennessee moves on to play Oklahoma State in the championship tomorrow while the Yellow Jackets conclude their season with a 45-12 record.

In the first game of the day, the Yellow Jackets scored three runs in the final three innings to erase a 2-1 deficit and avoid elimination with a 4-3 win over Liberty (30-30). Sophomore Hope Rush and junior Kelsi Weseman had RBI hits in a two-run fifth inning to give Tech a 3-2 lead and then junior Danielle Dike added a RBI single in the sixth inning which proved to be the game-winner.

Freshman Lindsey Anderson (13-1) got the win as she pitched 4.2 innings of relief. She gave up one earned run on two hits while walking one and striking out nine.

Against Tennessee, Gibson was too much as was Lady Vol starter Ivy Renfroe. Renfroe was perfect for 4.1 innings and ended up with a two-hit shutout as she improved to 19-4 on the season. She walked one and struck out 10. Anderson started for Tech and was charged with six earned runs on six hits and two walks. She struck out one. Rush pitched the final 4.2 innings of relief and allowed one earned run on four hits while walking four and striking out two.