Softball NCAA Regional ACCtion: Friday, May 21

May 21, 2010

Danielle Spaulding No Hits Nebraska In Tar Heels' 1-0 Victory

SEATTLE, Wash. - The University of North Carolina's Danielle Spaulding pitched a no hitter against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, as the Tar Heels win 1-0, in the first game of the NCAA Tournament's Seattle Regional on Friday. Spaulding struck out 11 batters and only allowed two Nebraska base runners. Senior outfielder Anna Roberts scored Carolina's lone run in the win.

Spaulding hurled her fifth solo no hitter this season today against the Cornhuskers. The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. product with today's performance, has now been a part of a UNC Softball record nine no-hitters during her four year career. Spaulding was previously tied with Crystal Cox with eight career no-hitters.

Spaulding previously held opponents Delaware, Saint Joseph's, James Madison and Virginia to no hits this season.

The Atlantic Coast Conference's 2010 Pitcher of the Year struck out 11 batters and only allowed two base runners during the game. With the win, Spaulding's record improves to 20-5 this season. The NFCA's All-Southeast First Team selection efficiently threw 57 strikes in 87 total pitches.

Virginia Holds Off Louisville in NCAA Regional Win

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Virginia softball team (34-21) scored the lone run in the top of the fourth inning and held off Louisville's seventh-inning threat earn a 1-0 victory Friday in its NCAA Tournament debut.

Junior catcher Alison Pittman led off the fourth with a triple to the right centerfield gap and scored when the next batter, senior Abby Snyder, hit a groundball to Louisville second baseman Jordan Trimble. Trimble's throw to home plate was on the mark but Pittman beat the tag to score what proved to be the game-winning run.

The Cavaliers move on to face the winner of the Ball State vs. Tennessee matchup at 1 p.m. Saturday at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium in Knoxville.

Freshman pitcher Melanie Mitchell tied the school record for wins in a season, picking up her 27th victory in her eighth complete game shutout of the 2010 campaign. Mitchell also moved into first place on the single season list for innings pitched, passing Michelle Collins (271 2/3 in 1994), with 274 2/3 innings of work this season.

Seminoles Romp Radford, 10-1

ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 24 Florida State softball team opened NCAA Regional play in Athens, Ga. Friday with a bang, run-ruling Radford, 10-1.

With the win over the Highlanders (36-16), the Seminoles (44-16) are now 23-1 this season when scoring at least six runs in a ballgame. FSU also moves to 4-1 all-time in postseason play on the campus of the University of Georgia.

"Throughout the season we have had some ups and downs and we haven't peaked," FSU head coach Lonni Alameda said. "It would be nice if now were the time when we started to peak. We have been having different parts of the lineup come through but never at the same time. Today we really made things happen from top to bottom."

Junior Sarah Hamilton earned her 22nd victory of the season by allowing just one run on two hits in three innings of work. She struck out seven batters before senior Terese Gober came on in relief.

Terps Fall to Fordham in NCAA Opener

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland softball team fell 2-1 to Fordham Friday night in its opener of the NCAA Regionals at Robert E. Taylor Stadium in College Park. The Terps (33-23, 8-11) jumped out to the early lead in the first inning, but lost the lead late in the sixth.

Junior Kerry Hickey started in the circle for the Terrapins. She pitched 3.1 innings, giving up just one hit, which was also a home run for one earned run.

Sophomore Vangie Galindo got the Terrapin offense started with a bunt single and advanced off senior Alex Schultz's single to left. Hickey drove in Galindo for the Terps' run with a single to right field.

The Terps drew two walks from Fordham pitcher Jen Mineau, who allowed just 27 walks on the year prior to Friday's game. Maryland had seven hits as a team to the Rams' three.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Rams' Jocelyn Dearborn hit a home run just fair of the left field foul pole to knot the game 1-1. With the bases loaded and one out, sophomore Kendra Knight took over in the circle. Meghan Shager hit a ground ball to Schultz at third, who threw out Jessica Crowley at home for the second out. Knight struck out Jamie Pollak for the final out.

No. 8 Georgia Tech Slips By Jax State, 5-3, In NCAA Tournament Opener

ATLANTA - The No. 8 Georgia Tech Softball team (50-9) hit three home runs and used three different pitchers to defeat Jacksonville State (30-18), 5-3, in the first round of the NCAA Atlanta Regional. The Yellow Jackets will now face Oregon in a winner's bracket game at Noon on Saturday. The game will be broadcast live nationally on ESPN HD.

Tonight's game began 90 minutes late as a rain delay of nearly an hour and a half before the tournament even began pushed everything back. Redshirt senior Jen Yee, junior Kristen Adkins and sophomore Shannon Bear all hit home runs for the Yellow Jackets. Tech handed JSU starting pitcher Ashley Eliasson (21-8) her first loss since March 20, a span of 16 straight decisions.

Sophomore Jessica Coan (14-1) picked up the win in relief of Adkins, while freshman Hope Rush earned her second career save. Adkins gave up two earned runs on six hits in 3.1 innings of work. She walked two and struck out three. Coan got the win as she got out of a two on and one out jam in the fourth and ended up going 2.1 innings. She allowed two hits and one run while striking out two. Rush worked 1.1 innings of scoreless relief as well and surrendered one hit.