Pinch-hit heroics lead Tech to sweep over Radford
Tech wins 1-0, 3-2
February 28, 2007 RADFORD, Va. - The Virginia Tech softball team went to its bench and came up big, leading to a sweep of a doubleheader with Radford University Wednesday afternoon at Dedmon Center Field. In the opener, Tech squeezed out a 1-0 victory and then rallied for a 3-2 win in the second game. In the opener, Kelsey Hoffman's pinch hit RBI single in the top of the seventh provided the margin of victory as the Hokies won 1-0. Tech had plenty of chances, recording seven hits, but had two runners thrown out at the plate. In the first, Callie Rhodes was thrown out at the dish on a grounder to second and in the fourth, Jessica Everhart tried to score from first on a double to the fence, but a perfect relay cut her down at the plate. In the seventh, the Hokies finally broke through. Kelsy Rokey led off the inning with a double down the line and was pinch run for by Whitney Davis. After Beth Walker drew a walk, Hoffman was inserted as a pinch hitter. She laced a shot up the middle that allowed Davis to score and give Tech the lead. The Highlanders had a chance to win it in the bottom of the seventh, but Angela Tincher got three strikeouts to strand the tying run on second and end the game. Tincher (W, 9-1) allowed just one hit, a double in the fifth inning, but she was put out at third on the play trying to stretch it into a triple. The junior All-American walked three and struck out 14. With her strikeout of Hope Creasy in the fifth inning, she notched her 1,000th career strikeout, becoming just the 32nd player in NCAA history to reach that milestone. Both Rhodes and Rokey had two hits while Erin Ota, Stephanie Savre and Hoffman had one hit. In the second game, the Hokies were down to their last strike, but a pinch-hit, two-run home run by Walker gave the Hokies the lead. The game started off rough for the Hokies as Radford plated two runs in the second inning, helped by a throwing error by Tech shortstop Anna Zitt. But a double by Creasy to the gap drove in a run and a suicide squeeze scored the other. Tech finally got on the board in the fourth inning when Savre blasted a 0-2 pitch to deep right-center field to bring the Hokies back within one. The round tripper was Savre's first of the season. In the seventh, Caroline Stolle reached on a fielder's choice and Walker was inserted into the lineup with two out. On a 2-2 count, Walker launched a shot off the scoreboard in left-center field to give the Hokies the lead. In the circle, freshman Heather Lowry (W, 2-3), threw well but got little offensive support until the final inning. Lowry went 6.2 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out two. With the sudden change in score in the seventh, Lowry had to go in as Tincher was still warming up. She got the first two batters out, but gave up a two-out single to bring the winning run to the plate. With Tincher now ready, she came in and threw two pitches, inducing a pop up to short to seal the win and pick up her first save of the season. Savre had two of Tech's five hits with Destiny Covington, Hoffman and Walker picking up the others. Tech (12-4) will leave Thursday for its Spring Break trip, which spans 11 days and two tournaments. Tech will open play on Friday at the Knight Games in Altamonte Springs, Fla., against Jacksonville State at 5 p.m., followed by UCF at 7 p.m.