Hokies capture ACC title with shutout of Jackets
Tincher named tournament MVP
May 13, 2007 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - It took 12 seasons and six tries in a title game, but the Virginia Tech softball team captured its first conference title Sunday with a 2-0 victory over 17th-ranked Georgia Tech to take home the ACC title and snap Tech's 19-game winning streak. Another strong performance from Angela Tincher in the circle kept the Hokies in the game early against one of the nation's top offenses. In the second inning, Charisse Mariconda doubled to the gap and Kelsy Rokey gave Tech the early lead with a two-run home run to left-center field. That would be all Tincher would need as she kept the powerful Yellow Jackets off-balance throughout. In the second inning, Georgia Tech got two hits to lead off the inning and both moved up on a passed ball with no one out and the top of the order coming up. Tincher got a strikeout of Aileen Morales, followed by a foul out from Jennifer Yee and a strikeout of Whitney Haller to end the threat. Tech wouldn't get any more runs, but Tincher kept the Hokies in it with her masterpiece of an effort. Georgia Tech had one more chance, coming in the sixth inning with the 3-4-5 batters coming up. Tincher struck out Haller again and got fly outs from Savannah Brown and Caitlin Lever to sit the Jackets down in order. Tincher (W, 37-5) scattered three weak singles over seven innings while striking out 10 and walking one. She was named tournament MVP for her efforts over the four-day tournament. For the weekend, she allowed just one unearned run in 28 innings on just 12 hits while striking out 42 and walking three. Also making the all-tournament team from Virginia Tech were Rokey and Jessica Everhart. In the championship game, Mariconda led the way with two hits. Also picking up hits were Erin Ota, Stephanie Savre, Rokey and Whitney Davis. Tech (48-14) had previously appeared in three Atlantic 10 championship games and the 2002 Big East title game, but Sunday's victory was the first championship. The Hokies received word they are the No. 16 seed nationally and will be the top seed at the Columbus, Ohio, regional. They will face Cal-State Fullerton (34-20) on Friday at 5 p.m., at Ohio State. Ohio State, which Tech split with this year, and Canisius round out the regional.