Softball ACCtion: Wednesday, March 25
March 25, 2009
Spaulding Breaks School Record As No. 18 Tar Heels Roll
Spaulding was locked in a pitcher's duel with Campbell's Brittany Stanley through the opening three frames as neither pitcher allowed a hit. Carolina struck first with a pair of singles in the fourth inning with one out but the Tar Heels were unable to come up with the big hit stranding the pair and ending the threat.
Senior Emily Troup quickly changed the score in the top of the fifth when she led off the inning with a blast to center field that put Carolina in front 1-0. The Tar Heels would put another pair of runners on in the inning as Christine Knauer and Kelsey Green each reached on infield singles but a ground ball back to the pitcher ended the inning.
Wolfpack Beats No. 15 Ohio State, 2-1 in Eight
State now has two wins over top-15 squads this season.
Alyssa Ishibashi went 2-for-3 at the plate for State, while Kristine Bechtholdt hit her fifth long ball on the year. Lindsay Campana (7-5) allowed just one run and three hits while striking out nine throughout her complete game performance. Lindsay Bodeker (8-2) took the loss.
NC State Drops Game Two to Ohio State
Mendy McKenzie took the loss, falling to 6-4 on the year. Megan Miller (4-0) got the win.
Sam Marder drove one way out of the yard in the top of the first to left-center, putting the Buckeyes up 1-0. A Courtney Pruner three-run shot to left-center extended the score to 4-0 later in the top of the third.
Maryland Falls to No. 8/10 Northwestern
Playing their fourth consecutive game against a nationally-ranked opponent, the Terrapins (14-15) claimed a 2-1 advantage in the third inning. The Wildcats (16-7) knotted the game at two during their ensuing at bat, and the score remained that way until a big seventh inning resulted in five more runs for Northwestern.
Sophomore Kerry Hickey continued to demonstrate her ability to excel as a two-way player for Maryland. The Huntingtown, Md., native started on the mound and pitched four solid innings, allowing just two earned runs on two hits with six strikeouts. Hickey also knocked in one of Maryland's runs, when her hard single through the left side during the third inning enabled junior Nadine Blackie to score.
BC Softball Falls, 5-0, to Boston University in Home Opener
BC starting pitcher Taylor Peyton (6-8), lasted 4 1/3 innings, allowing five runs (four earned), on five hits, while walking five batters and striking out four.
BU took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on a home run by Nora Militz over the center field wall. The Terriers rallied for three more runs with three hits in the top of the third inning, and would tack on one more in the top of the fifth inning for a 5-0 lead.