Hokies open season with 4-1 win over Maine
Rhodes picks up career-high four hits
February 6, 2009
#20 Softball vs. Maine
W, 4-1 :: Box Score :: Chattanooga Challenge

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – A big third inning and a solid effort in the circle from a true freshman lifted the Virginia Tech softball team to a 4-1 victory over Maine Friday afternoon at Frost Stadium to open the 2009 season at the Chattanooga Challenge.

After stranding five runners in the first two innings combined, the Hokies finally broke loose in the third. Jessica Everhart and Whitney Davis executed a double steal and the throw down to third base got away, allowing Everhart to score. Freshman Kristen Froehlich picked up her first collegiate hit and RBI to drive in Davis. Beth Walker eventually scored on a passed ball and Froehlich came across to make it 4-0.

Freshman Abbie Rexrode got the call in the circle and put forth a solid effort in her collegiate debut. She flirted with danger in each of the first two innings and a runner got to third base both times, but her defense bailed her out both times. The Fincastle, Va., native was effective throughout, scattering just four hits over seven innings. She picked up just one strikeout, but allowed her defense to play behind her, inducing 15 groundballs and five fly balls.

At the plate, Rhodes led the way with a career-high four hits and a stolen base. CharisseMariconda, Davis and Froehlich also each had a hit. Tech stole six bases in the game, as well and Jessica Everhart drew three walks.

Tech (1-0) finishes up day one of the season at 5:30 p.m., taking on Troy University.