BLACKSBURG – The Virginia Tech softball team opened a weekend series with Boston College on Saturday with a 4-3, come-from-behind win in the opener and led the second game 5-3 before it was halted in the sixth inning due to rain.
In the opener, the Hokies fell behind 2-0 early on and then again late, but rallied for the 4-3 win. Trailing 2-0 in the fourth inning, Amanda Ake went opposite field for a two-run home run to plate pinch runner Toni Erwin and tie the game. The Eagles scored in the top of the sixth inning to take a 3-2 lead, but the bottom of Tech’s order came through in a big way in the bottom half of the inning.
Laura Wolff led off with a double to the gap and scored on Logan Spaw’s single up the middle to tie the game up. Pinch runner Aysha Richardson moved up on Bailey Liddle’s sacrifice bunt and then scored on Michelle Prong’s single up the middle to give the Hokies the lead.
Maggie Tyler (W, 9-4) was stellar for the Hokies in the circle. She allowed three runs on six hits with six strikeouts to pick up the win.
In the second game, the Hokies jumped all over BC starter Taylor Coroneos for four runs in the first inning. McGoldrick scored on Smith’s single and she, along with Anderson, scored on Spaw’s double to the gap. Spaw came around to score from second base on Prong’s double.
The game stayed a 4-0 affair until BC mounted a comeback in the fifth inning. The Eagles plated three runs and left the bases loaded, failing to capitalize on the opportunity.
After recording three hits in the first inning – from Smith, Spaw and Prong – the Hokies had just one more, a double from McGoldrick in the fourth inning, until the bats came back alive in the sixth inning. Liddle doubled off the wall to lead off the stanza and scored on Gaskill’s single up the middle. McGoldrick picked up another hit right before the game was halted and it will resume with runners on second and third with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning with Vanessa Gonzalez at the plate and a 0-0 count.
McGoldrick had two hits while Gaskill, Smith, Spaw and Liddle each had one.
Kelly Heinz went four innings, allowing two runs on two hits with three strikeouts, but had six walks. She is in line for the win. Tyler escaped two jams late and threw two innings up to the point of the halted game. She allowed a run on three hits with four strikeouts and is in line for her first save of the season.
With the win in the opener, Tech moved to 17-14 overall, 6-6 in the ACC while BC fell to 16-11, 2-5 in the league.
The two teams will try to wrap up the series on Sunday with a resumption of the second game where it was halted, followed by a single game. The action is slated to start at noon. With cold temperatures in the forecast and a new league rule that games can’t begin when the “feel like” temperature is below freezing, fans are encouraged to check hokiesports.com and Twitter for possible delays.
If weather doesn’t allow for play on Sunday, Saturday’s second game is official and will go down as a 5-3 win for the Hokies in six innings with all individual and team stats up to the point of the rain delay counting according to Rule 14.33.1 in the NCAA rule book.
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