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May 9, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (theACC.com) - Six Hokies drove in runs and Maggie Tyler shut the door in relief to power sixth-seeded Virginia Tech over third-seeded Maryland, 8-5, on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the 2013 ACC Softball Championship.
With the win, Virginia Tech (35-18, 9-11) advances to Friday's semifinals when it will face the winner of NC State and Virginia at 1 p.m. The Hokies have eliminated Maryland in the first round of the ACC Tournament in consecutive years.
Courtney Liddle tied a tournament single-game record with three walks and scored twice while Kylie McGoldrick drove in three on two hits to lead the Hokies. Maryland (31-26, 13-8) was led at the plate by Lindsey Schmeiser, who knocked in four runs, and Nikki Maier, who went 2-for-3.
The Hokies jumped out to an early lead in the first inning. Kylie McGoldrick drove in Lauren Gaskill, who led off the game with a single up the middle, for the game's first run.
Virginia Tech plated three more runs in the third inning, with the damage coming on a two-run home run from McGoldrick. After Gaskill set the table with another hit to lead off, Courtney Liddle connected on her second career triple before McGoldrick drove one of the scoreboard for a 4-0 Virginia Tech lead.
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Schmeiser tied the game with one swing of the bat in the bottom of the third. With the bases loaded and no outs, the ACC Freshman of the Year cleared the left field wall for her first career grand slam. With the four RBIs, she broke the single-season Maryland record for RBIs with 59, breaking the old record set by current assistant Amber Jackson who knocked in 56 in 2007.
Virginia Tech utilized three hits, three walks, and a hit-by-pitch in the top of the fourth inning to grab the lead back and jump out 8-4.
Maryland inched closer in the bottom of the sixth. Terrapin leftfielder Nikki Maier drove in Shannon Bustillos to bring the score to 8-5. After Maryland loaded the bases with no outs, Virginia Tech pitcher Maggie Tyler entered in relief and induced three straight outs to end the last Terrapin threat.
Jasmin Harrell (17-8) got the win for the Hokies, throwing 3.0 innings and allowing three earned runs. Maggie Tyler threw 2.0 hitless innings with two strikeouts for the save.
Kaitlyn Schmeiser (15-13) went 3.0 innings with eight hits and six runs allowed and was credited with the loss for the Terrapins.