W, 3-0 :: Box Score :: ACC Softball Championship
RALEIGH, N.C. – Behind a stellar effort from sophomore Kenzie Roark in the circle, and two timely hits from a pair of seniors, the fifth-seeded Virginia Tech softball team upset fourth-seeded Maryland 3-0 Friday in the first round of the ACC Tournament at Dail Stadium on the campus of NC State.
In the fourth inning, senior Jessica Everhart tripled down the right field line and scored on fellow senior Beth Walker’s double off the wall to make it 1-0. In the fifth stanza, Marra Hvozdovic drew a walk and moved up a bag on Jenna Rhodes’ infield single – her 90th hit of the season. They both scored on senior Erin Ota’s double to the gap to make it 3-0.
That would be all Roark (W, 22-17) would need. The sophomore twirled a three-hit gem in leading the Hokies to their seventh-straight ACC Tournament game win. Roark scattered three hits, walked one and struck out three.
Walker led the way with two hits and an RBI. Ota had a hit and two RBI while Rhodes, Everhart and Charisse Mariconda each had one hit. Rhodes’ single extended her hitting streak to 14 games, the fourth-longest in program history.
Tech (28-27) will now have its hands full as it will meet top-seeded and 21st-ranked Georgia Tech in Saturday’s semifinal. Georgia Tech downed eighth-seeded Virginia 7-0 Friday. Saturday’s game time is set for 3:30 p.m. Georgia Tech took two-of-three games in the regular-season series against the Hokies in Blacksburg. Second-seeded Florida State and third-seeded North Carolina will meet in the other semifinal game.