Hokies go 2-0 on Valentine's Day
Tech improves to 3-1 on the young season
February 14, 2010
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It was a Happy Valentine’s Day for the Virginia Tech softball team as it held on and came together for a pair of wins Sunday at the JU Softball Tournament. The Hokies downed Drexel 5-3 and then had to work extra innings for an 8-2 win over UNC Greensboro.

In the opener, Tech broke open a scoreless game in the fourth inning when Misty Hall drew a bases-loaded walk. Hall struck again in the fifth inning with a two-RBI single to shallow left-center field and the Kristen Froehlich made it 5-1 with a pinch-hit, two RBI single to right field.

Richelle McGarva led the way with two hits while Hall drove in two runs on a hit and Froehlich had two RBI on her hit. Also picking up hits were Bkaye Smith, Whitney Davis, Ashton Ward and Kristin Graham.

Freshman Jasmin Harrell (W, 2-0) was solid through six innings, but struggled to get the final out of the game. She went 6.2 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits with eight strikeouts to pick up the win. Kenzie Roark picked up a save by throwing two pitches to end the game.

In the second game, the Hokies had to use a six-run 10th inning to pull out a win over Greensboro to finish the weekend 3-1.

Scoreless in the third inning, Davis drew a walk and moved to third on Liddle’s double to right field. An error on the throw in allowed Davis to score to give Tech a 1-0 lead. Tech had a chance to add to its lead in the fourth inning when Smith tried to score from second base on a single by Davis, but a perfect strike from right field got her at the plate. But Davis got payback in the sixth, gunning down a runner of her own to keep the Hokies’ lead at one.

In the bottom of the seventh, UNCG pinch hitter Katie Stripling deposited a two-out delivery from Roark over the left field wall to tie it up and send the game to extra innings. In the eighth, Graham singled up the middle with two outs to score pinch runner Sarah Ashby, but in the bottom of the inning, the Spartans scored on a Hokie error to tie it back up. Tech finally broke it open in the 10th inning. Hall drew a bases-loaded hit by pitch and then Graham drove in two with a sharp single up the middle. A pinch hit, two-RBI single by Marra Hvozdovic made it 7-2. Davis then drove in a run with a single to right to make it 8-2.

Graham went 5.1 innings, giving up just four hits and two walks while striking out four in the no decision. Roark (W, 1-1) went the final 4.2 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits and three walks (two intentional) with four strikeouts.

Smith, Davis and Graham each had a pair of hits while Liddle and Hvozdovic each had one.

Tech (3-1) will return to action next weekend at the Red & Black Showcase, hosted by the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. Tech will open with Western Carolina Friday and then play the No. 8 Bulldogs later that day.