April 9, 2011
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Two-run singles by Courtney Liddle and Marra Hvozdovic helped lead the Virginia Tech softball team (29-9, 7-3 ACC) to a 4-2 win over No. 25/23 Georgia Tech (32-7, 6-1) Saturday afternoon at Tech Softball Park. Game two was suspended in the fourth inning because of rain until Sunday at Noon with the Hokies leading 1-0.
In game one, Georgia Tech jumped on the scoreboard first as junior Jessica Sinclair hit a solo home run in the top of the second inning to right field. It was her 11th round-tripper of the year. The Hokies came right back to take the lead in the bottom of the second inning, however, on a two-out, two-run single by Marra Hvozdovic.
In the bottom of the third inning, a two-run single by Courtney Liddle put the Hokies up 4-1. Virginia Tech had runners on first and second with two outs later in the inning, but freshman Lindsey Anderson came in out of the bullpen to relieve senior Kristen Adkins and got a ground ball to get out of the inning.
In the top of the fifth, the Yellow Jackets had runners at second and third with nobody out but could only get one run as they tried to chip away. After a RBI ground out by senior Christy Jones made it 4-2, a botched squeeze attempt with junior Kate Kuzma at the plate resulted in freshman Ashley Thomas getting in a run down between third and home plate. She was eventually tagged out for the second out of the inning and that was all the Jackets could get.
Georgia Tech had its last chance in the top of the seventh and senior Jessica Weaver drew a two-out walk, but junior pinch hitter Danielle Dike popped up to end the game and the Jackets suffered their first ACC loss of the season.
Adkins (15-4) took the loss as she was charged with four earned runs on four hits in 2.2 innings. She walked four and struck out three. Anderson gave up just one walk in 3.1 innings of relief. She did not allow a hit and struck out five.
Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech will pick up in the middle of the fourth inning of game two at Noon tomorrow with the Hokies leading 1-0. Game three of the series will then be played about 25 minutes after the completion of game two.
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