Hokies fall to Terps on Senior Day
Walker provides lone run with solo home run
April 26, 2009
Softball vs. Maryland
L, 1-4 :: Box Score

BLACKSBURG – Despite a monstrous home run from Beth Walker, the Virginia Tech softball team fell to the University of Maryland, 4-1, Sunday afternoon at Tech Softball Park.

The Terps got a run in the second inning on an RBI groundout, but Walker tied it up when she crushed a solo home run down the left field line, her fifth of the year. Maryland then scored three unearned runs on just one hit in the fourth inning thanks in part to three Tech gaffes in the field.

The Hokies never mounted another serious rally as Maryland won the game and the series. The Hokies (23-25 overall) finish ACC play with an 8-10 record and will have to see where they will be seeded in the conference tournament. Maryland now has a 9-9 mark and the tiebreaker over Tech, but has to play league-leading Georgia Tech next weekend.

At the plate, the Hokies had six hits, two from Jenna Rhodes and one apiece from Walker, Jessica Everhart, Kim Jalm and Kristin Graham. With a single to lead off the bottom of the first inning, Rhodes set a new school record for hits in a season. She now has 78, breaking the mark of 76 previously held by Kelly Brown. Rhodes also had two stolen bases to give her 40 for the season.

Kenzie Roark (L, 18-16) went the distance, allowing four runs (one earned) on seven hits with a walk and three strikeouts. She also had two wild pitches, one of which allowed a run to score.

The loss spoiled Senior Day for the Hokies. Walker, Jalm, Everhart, Erin Ota, Charisse Mariconda and Rhodes were honored before the game.

Tech will play its final home game of the season on Tuesday night, hosting Appalachian State in a single game at 7 o’clock.