The Virginia Tech softball team earned the #1 seed in the ACC Tournament thanks to their work during the regular season, and they lived up to their billing by beating Georgia Tech 2-0 to win the ACC Tournament on Sunday afternoon. The Hokies, seeded #16 in the NCAA Tournament, will face Canisius on Friday in Columbus, Ohio.
Angela Tincher was brilliant, as usual, as Virginia Tech’s starting pitcher. She pitched a complete game, three-hit shutout. A two-run homerun by third baseman Kelsy Rokey in the bottom of the second was all Tincher needed to earn her fourth win of the ACC Tournament and capture Tournament MVP honors.
Georgia Tech entered Sunday’s game riding a 19 game winning streak, but that was promptly halted by the Hokies’ All-America pitcher. Tincher allowed just one run in four games during the tournament, which lasted from Thursday through Sunday. Virginia Tech defeated Virginia 4-1 on Thursday, beat Florida State 4-0 on Friday and knocked off UNC 3-0 on Saturday before Sunday’s championship win over the Yellow Jackets.
The 15th-ranked Hokies improved to 48-14 on the season with their victory, while Georgia Tech fell to 53-14. Tincher ran her season record to 37-5.
Despite the win, the Hokies still have a little bit to complain about heading into the NCAA Tournament. Despite their dominating performance the last four days, Tech is only the #16 seed in the NCAA Tournament, despite their #15 overall ranking that was given to them before the ACC Tournament.
But it doesn’t end there. NC State, who did not win a game in the ACC Tournament and who finished half-a-game behind Virginia Tech in the regular season standings, received the #15 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Despite their slight snub, the softball team is heading to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season. College softball postseason tournaments are held in a double elimination format. The Hokies will play either Ohio State or Cal-State Fullerton next Saturday, depending on Friday’s outcomes.