No. 3 Hokies make history, beat Kentucky 5-4 to advance to Super Regionals

No. 3 Hokies make history, beat Kentucky 5-4 to advance to Super Regionals

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Final

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Score by periods
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E

Kentucky
UK
2 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 6 0

Virginia Tech
Vermont
2 0 0 0 3 0 X 5 8 1

O: Keely Rochard (25-3)
L: Stephanie Schoonover (8-4)

NOIRSBOURG – Virginia Tech’s No. 3 softball needed to win three games in 24 hours to advance to super regionals, and the relentless team accomplished the feat, earning their overall victory over Kentucky on Sunday night by a score of 5-4 at Tech Softball Park.

It was the second straight season the Hokies (37-19) have traveled to super regionals, but the first time they have hosted one. Tech will face No. 14 Florida (46-16) this weekend, after the Gators went 3-0 in Gainesville and beat their opponents 28-2. For more information on the Blacksburg Regional Super.

Senior Keely Rochard (25-3) secured the bullpen victory for Virginia Tech (45-8). The right-hander went 3.1 innings, allowing one run on two hits, allowing one walk and striking out three.

Junior Jayme Bailey led the way offensively for the Hokies, going 2-for-3 in the ball game with a home run and two RBIs. Senior Mackenzie Law also put in a remarkable effort, going 1 for 2 with a home run and three RBIs to give the Hokies enough cushion for the win.

HOW DID IT HAPPEN

Trailing 2-0, the Hokies first put points on the board in the first inning. Virginia Tech scored two points when Bailey left the court with a sophomore Emma Ritter a board.

The Wildcats broke the tie and regained the lead heading into the fifth inning, when the Hokies returned to the scoreboard. Virginia Tech scored three runs, all on a three-run home run from Lawter, scoring senior Darby’s Trull and freshman Jenna Pearson, which carried the Hokies to 5-3. Kentucky put a point on the scoreboard before the end of the game, but Virginia Tech still held on for the 5-4 victory.

PLAY NOTES

The Virginia Tech pitchers held Kentucky to just 1 for 8 (.125) with runners in scoring position.
Kentucky was led offensively by sophomore Erin Coffel, who went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and two RBIs.

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