Virginia Tech Upsets Florida State 3-2 in 14 Innings
May 12, 2005
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - In the longest game in ACC Tournament history, the seventh-seeded Virginia Tech Hokies upset the second-seeded Florida State Seminoles 3-2 in 14 innings. Hokie freshman pitcher Angela Tincher got the win after shutting down the Seminoles over 12.2 innings of work, while setting a new conference tournament record with 21 strikeouts.
Virginia Tech struck early in the second as Hokie center fielder Sarah Prosise sent the first pitch of the inning over the wall in right center for an early 1-0 lead. The home run by Prosise was her sixth of the season. Kathleen Jones followed with a single to left and advanced to second on a groundout by first baseman Caroline Stolle. With runners on second and third and two outs, the Hokies extended their lead to 2-0 as Seminole shortstop Kim Hoffer bobbled a ground ball by Caitlin Murphy scoring Jones from third.
In the third, the Hokies threatened as catcher Megan Evans was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Crystal Beach pinch ran for Evans at first and advanced to third on an errand pickoff attempt at first. She was stranded at third as Florida State pitcher Casey Hunter struck out the side.
In the bottom half of the third, Florida State looked to get on the board as Hoffer walked with one out and advanced to third after a wild pitch and a ground out by designated player BillieAnne Gay. But Tincher got lead-off hitter Natasha Jacob to fly out to deep right to end the inning.
Hokies' Katie Maynard relieved Tincher, who registered five solid innings of work, in the sixth. With one out, the Seminoles recorded back-to-back hits off Maynard, but the junior hurler caught FSU third baseman Lesley Palmer looking on a called third strike before inducing a ground out by LaShaun Davis to close out the sixth.
After two walks and a fielder's choice to start the bottom of the seventh for the Seminoles, Tincher reentered the contest for the Hokies replacing Maynard with two on and one out. Florida State's Jacob laid down a bunt single to load the bases for second baseman Veronica Wootson. Wootson hit a sacrifice fly to deep center field scoring pincher runner Whitney Buckmon from third and Hoffer all the way from second. Hoffer, coming around third base, was given the green light from head coach JoAnne Graf and was able to score after the relay throw was bobbled by Hokie first baseman Stephanie Savre.
The game would move into the 14th when Virginia Tech's Kelly Brown led off the top of the inning with a double over the head of Jacob in left field and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Caitlin Murphy. Alisia Narodowski and Evans drew a pair of one out walks to load the bases for Savre. Savre laced a line drive past Palmer at third scoring Brown and giving the Hokies the 3-2 lead.
Tincher finished off the Noles in order in the bottom half of the inning to guide the Hokies to their first ACC Tournament victory. The freshman hurler tossed 12.2 innings allowing no runs on five hits, while striking out 21 batters and allowing just three walks in the win. In the loss, Hunter registered 14 innings of work allowing two earned runs on eight hits while fanning 19.
Virginia Tech (40-21) will advance to play the winner of Virginia/Maryland on Friday, May 13 at 11:00 am. With the loss, Florida State (33-25) will face the loser of Virginia/Maryland on Friday, May 13 at 1:30 pm.
L-Casey Hunter (19-16)