Virginia Tech Repeats As ACC Softball Champion With 2-0 Win Over NC State
May 11, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Behind yet another complete game shutout from Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year Angela Tincher, Virginia Tech became just the second team to repeat as ACC softball champion with a 2-0 defeat of fifth-seeded NC State at Maryland's Robert E. Taylor Stadium on Sunday. Tincher, who allowed a combined two hits while striking out 27 batters in wins on Saturday and Sunday, was voted the tournament MVP for her play this week.
Providing the offense for Tincher and the Hokies were designated player Jenna Rhodes and first baseman Beth Walker, who scored the only runs of the game in the top of the second inning. On second and third, respectively, after a pair of singles and a stolen base, Rhodes and Walker were brought home on a misplayed grounder through left side of the infield, giving the Hokies the first and only two runs-scored off of NC State's Lindsay Campana this week.
Tincher, who was named the ACC's Pitcher of the Year for the third time in a row at Wednesday evening's postseason banquet on the University of Maryland campus, needed no more help to earn her 33rd win of the season. Giving up just two hits for the afternoon, the Eagle Rock, Va., senior was threatened only twice, allowing a double to lose the no-hitter in the fifth and another double in the seventh. Each time, she was able work her way out of the jam, ringing up a pair of strikeouts in the fifth and then another punch out and a pair of popouts to clinch the title in the seventh.
For Virginia Tech, which now moves to 44-15 with the win, Sunday's victory gives the team and head coach Scot Thomas back-to-back titles in just their fourth year in the ACC. Tech, which defeated Georgia Tech, 2-0, in last year's title game behind another tournament MVP performance from Tincher, becomes the first team other than Florida State to repeat as ACC Champion. The Hokies, ranked 17th in the latest national polls, are now 12-4 in league championship play since joining the ACC, and 7-0 over the last two seasons.
Picking up NC State's only two hits of the day were ACC Freshman of the Year Alyssa Allbritten, and designated player Allison Presnell. Pitching well again for the Wolfpack was Campana, who was selected to the All-Championship Team for her play in three games this week. With just the two unearned runs allowed for the day, the Templeton, Calif., sophomore finished the tournament with a 0.00 ERA in 21 innings pitched. NC State, which drops to 31-27 with the loss, is now 8-8 all-time in ACC Championship play.
Both teams will now return home to await word of a possible selection to the 2008 NCAA Softball Championship. Selections will be announced tonight, Sunday May 11, at 10:00 p.m. on ESPNU.
2008 ACC Championship All-Tournament Team
MVP : Angela Tincher, Virginia Tech