Tech softball pitcher Angela Tincher nearly pitched a perfect game against
Canisius, recording 18 strikeouts (out of 21 total outs) and facing just 22
batters. Tincher no-hit Canisius and surrendered one walk to spoil a
near-perfect game. The Hokies only got four hits, but they were timely and led
to five total runs. VT will next face host Ohio State, who defeated Cal State
Fullerton. The Hokies and Buckeyes will square off at 1 p.m. Saturday in
Tincher threw 100 pitches, and her 18 strikeouts gave her 599 for the season,
the fifth-best single-season total in NCAA history.
Top NCAA Single-Season
|Courtney Blades, S. Miss||2000||Sr.||663|
|Cat Osterman, Texas||2006||Sr.||630|
|Monica Abbott, Tennessee||2005||So.||603|
|Monica Abbott, Tennessee||2007||Sr.||600*|
|Angela Tincher, VT||2007||Jr.||599*|
|* Through Friday’s Games|
The no-hitter was Tincher’s fifth of the season, including two perfect games.
There isn’t much else to say about Tincher’s performance, except to talk about
its one flaw: she walked pinch hitter Rachel Barrientos on a 3-2 pitch in the
sixth inning. Other than that, she was … perfect.
The Hokies scored one run in the first (Jessica Everhart singled in Erin Ota
from third) and four more in the fifth (Carolina Stolle doubled Ota home from
first, and Charisse Mariconda hit a bases-loaded triple).
Ohio State beat Cal State Fullerton 2-1 in the nightcap, and that pits the
Hokies against the Buckeyes Saturday at 1 p.m. Ohio State is the host team, and
the Buckeyes are 20-0 at home this season, including Friday’s victory.