March 13, 2015
Hokies steamroll Leathernecks 9-0 in five innings
Tech hits two home runs in shortened game
Virginia Tech (19-3) 42003980
Western Illinois (6-7) 00000033
  • Honolulu, HI - 87

Michelle Prong hit a two-run home run in the first inning
• Jessie Fern Mehr crushed a two-run home run in the fifth inning
Kelly Heinz tossed a three-hit shutout

HONOLULU, Hawaii - The Virginia Tech softball blew past Western Illinois with a 9-0, five-inning win on the third day of the Hawaii Pacific Health Rainbow Wahine Classic in O’ahu.

The Hokies jumped out to a quick start in the first inning, scoring four unearned runs. Breanna Davenport and Lauren Gaskill reached on errors and Davenport came home on Kylie McGoldrick’s ground out. Kelsey Mericka’s double to the gap plated Gaskill and Michelle Prong blasted a two-run home run off the netting in left field to make it 4-0.

In the second inning, the Hokies put together a two-out rally to score a run. Davenport doubled down the left field line and scored on Gaskill’s sharp single. Gaskill scored on Smith’s double to the gap to make it 6-0. Mericka scored on a wild pitch in the fifth inning and then Jessie Mehr crushed a two-run home run to right-center field, scoring Elizabeth Birle who had drawn her second walk.

In the circle, Kelly Heinz (W, 6-0) went the distance, facing just one batter over the minimum. She allowed just three hits and walked none, striking out five in the shutout win.

At the plate, the Hokies had eight hits, led by three from Mericka. Davenport, Gaskill, Smith, Mehr and Prong each had one.

Tech (19-3) will wrap up play on the island on Saturday, taking on Columbia (2-4) at 1 p.m. local time, 6 p.m. Eastern and then Hawaii (17-11) at 6 p.m. local time, midnight back on the East Coast.

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