With the defeat, ETSU fell to 24-29 on the campaign; while Virginia Tech improved to 39-12 and move to 9-1 all-time against the Lady Bucs.
After both pitchers cruised through the first two innings, sophomore Marissa Hardy (
The Hokies Anna Zitt led off the frame with a single up the middle and advanced to second when Jenna Rhodes walked. Then, Erin Ota tapped one right in front of the plate, and sophomore catcher Trisha Massenzo (
Virginia Tech busted the game open after plating four runs in the very next inning to take a 6-0 lead. The long ball came into play as Caroline Stolle sent one flying over the center field fence, giving the Hokies a 5-0 advantage. Virginia Tech pushed one more run across on Mariconda's RBI single.
The run support made Angela Tincher's day a short one after she was nearly perfect in her four innings of action. Tincher - who already no-hit the U.S. National Team earlier this season - kept ETSU hitless and only put one runner on base after walking Knight in the first.
Unfortunately, things did not change after Kenzie Roark took over for the final three innings. Roark kept the shutout intact after only scattering two hits en route to her second save of the year.
ETSU managed to pull off its first hit on Kate Powell's (Johnson City) bunt single in the fifth; however, she ended the inning when she was caught stealing at second.
Junior Vicki McCoy (
Hardy saw her mark fall to 15-12 after tossing her 20th complete game of the campaign. The Rocklin,
The Softball Bucs quickly turn things around as they host
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