Tincher's number retired in ceremony prior to football game
Pitcher becomes just third female athlete honored at Tech
September 13, 2008

BLACKSBURG – The Virginia Tech Athletics Department retired the number of former Hokie softball player Angela Tincher in a ceremony Saturday on Worsham Field before the football game against Georgia Tech, making her just the third female athlete in school history to have the honor bestowed upon her.

Tincher was brought out on to the field with her parents and sister prior to the Georgia Tech football game to be presented with three of the major awards she was awarded this past year – the USA National Softball Player of the Year, the Honda Award for Softball and the ACC Female Athlete of the Year. After the awards were presented, in a surprise move, HokieVision showed a picture of the outfield wall at Tech Softball Park where the HokieBird removed a white sheet to reveal her No. 1 on the wall. She was the first player in program history to wear the number and will be the only one now that the number will no longer be worn.

The Eagle Rock, Va., native went 123-35 over four years with a 0.78 ERA and 2,149 strikeouts - the third most in NCAA softball history at any level. She was a three-time All-American as well as a three-time Academic All-American and is one of only two players in NCAA history to record 600 or more strikeouts in two different seasons. She led the nation in ERA her junior and senior years and also led the nation in strikeouts her final year, helping her earn National Player of the Year honors, as well as lead the Hokies to the first Women's College World Series appearance.

After finishing her eligibility, she played this past summer in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) and earned all-league honors after leading the league in strikeouts. She is currently serving as a volunteer assistant coach for the Hokies this fall.

Tincher joins an elite group at Virginia Tech, becoming the 12th player or coach to have his or her number retired. The only other females to have this honor bestowed upon them are Lisa Pikalek of the volleyball program and Renee Dennis of the basketball program. The football and men’s basketball programs have each retired four numbers while baseball has retired one number.

Tech also has a policy of retiring jerseys, but keeping the numbers active. Football has retired four jerseys and baseball has retired one.