Hokies battle back to salvage split with Seminoles on the road
Two teams compete for series Sunday
April 2, 2011
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TALLAHASSEE – The Virginia Tech softball team persevered and gutted out a split with Florida State in a doubleheader Saturday at JoAnne Graf Field. A late solo home run in the first game lifted the Seminoles to a 1-0 win, and in the second game, the Hokies battled back to pick up a 2-1 win in 10 innings.

Tech starter Jasmin Harrell (L, 13-3) pitched well in the opener, but her old nemesis – the long ball - came back to bite her. After five sterling innings, Harrell served up a solo home run to Jennifer Lapicki in the bottom of the sixth inning. The one run would be all Florida State would need in picking up the win.

FSU pitcher Sarah Hamilton kept the Hokies in check, striking out 10 batters while allowing just three singles. Those hits came from Kristina Cruz, Betty Rose and Marra Hvozdovic. Harrell went the distance, allowing one run on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts. But the one run was a big one as it was the 14th home run given up this season by the sophomore and the 27th given up in her career.

In the second game, Florida State plated an unearned run in the first inning on a fielder’s choice to jump out to an early lead. That run would stand up until the seventh inning when the Hokies scratched their way back into the game.

Tech got its first serious rally of the day going in the seventh inning when Dani Anderson led off with a double and then Rose walked after a pitching change. Kristen Froehlich fouled out to the catcher and Hvozdovic lined out before Ashton Ward came through with a clutch, two-out single through the 5-6 hole to score pinch runner Sarah Ashby from second base.

Neither team could get anything going in extra innings until Tech struck in the 10th inning. Ward led off with a double and eventually scored when Richelle McGarva reached on a fielder’s choice and the throw wasn’t even close at home. Kenzie Roark then got through the heart of the order in the bottom of the 10th to pick up the win.

Roark (W, 12-5) had an outstanding performance in the circle, going all 10.0 innings. She allowed one unearned run on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

At the plate, Ward led the way with three hits, while Bkaye Smith had two. Anderson and Hvozdovic each had one.

Florida State moved to 17-18 overall, 3-5 in the ACC while Tech moved to 27-9, 5-3 in the conference. The two squads will wrap up the three-game series on Sunday with a single game starting at noon.

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