Hokies Upset No. 18 Yellow Jackets in ACC Opener, 6-0

March 17, 2007

Box Score

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech’s Angela Tincher became the first pitcher to throw a complete-game shutout against the Yellow Jackets in 127 games, striking out 14, to lead the Hokies (23-8, 1-0 ACC) to a 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over No. 18 Georgia Tech (26-6, 0-1 ACC) on Saturday at the Tech Softball Park. Senior Caitlin Lever led the Jackets at the plate, going 1-for-2, with a double and two walks.

Junior Aileen Morales and sophomore Blair Shimandle each added hits for the Yellow Jackets. Sophomore Tiffany Johnson (10-4) took the loss in the circle, working 3.0 innings, allowing four hits, six runs, five earned runs and struck out three. Senior Sarah Wood tossed the final 3.0 innings, holding the Hokies to no runs and no hits, while striking out three.

VT’s Caroline Stolle led the Hokies offensively, going 2-for-2, with a home run and three RBIs. Charisse Mariconda added a three-run home run for Virginia Tech.

The Hokies scored six runs in the bottom of the third inning on two three-run home runs by Mariconda and Stolle as the Jackets trailed 6-0.

The Yellow Jackets posted their first threat of the game in the top of the fourth inning as sophomore Whitney Haller was hit-by-a-pitch and Lever doubled down the left field line to put Jackets at second and third with no outs. VT’s Tincher then struck out the side to get out of the inning.

The Jackets loaded the bases in the top of the sixth inning, but were unable to push a run across as they stranded their seventh, eighth and ninth runners on base.

The Rambling Wreck had no runs, three hits and committed one error, while VT scored six runs, on four hits and had no errors.

The series will conclude on Sunday with two games beginning at 1 p.m. Both games will air on the web at ACCSelect. Yellow Jacket games can also be followed via live stats at www.ramblinwreck.com.

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