Tincher Racks Up ACC Awards

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It’s been a big week for Virginia Tech sophomore softball player Angela Tincher. She has been named one of 10 finalists for ASA USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, and she was also named ACC Player of the Year and ACC Pitcher of the Year in a banquet on Wednesday night.

She is one of just two sophomores named as a finalist for ASA USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. The other sophomore is UCLA pitcher Anjelica Selden. The list of finalists is dominated by pitchers, with seven making the list. Three finalists will be announced on May 28, and the winner will be announced in Oklahoma City on May 31 at the NCAA Women’s College World Series.

Tincher is the first player in ACC history to be named Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year in the same season. She set a school and league record with 444 strikeouts on the season. She also posted a 24-6 record with a 0.76 ERA while throwing four no-hitters and eight shutouts. She was also named first team All-ACC, the first Virginia Tech softball player to earn that distinction.

Tincher was not the only Tech player to take home ACC honors. Three freshmen were named to the second team All-ACC. Centerfielder Jessica Everhart, third baseman Charisse Mariconda and utility player Beth Walker were honored on Wednesday for their excellent freshman seasons. Everhart and Mariconda have started every game this season for the Hokies, while Walker has started games at first base, left field, third base and designated player.

With such talented young players on the roster, the future of Virginia Tech’s softball program looks bright. For more on Tech’s softball team, see tomorrow’s TSL Mail.

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