Tech softball pitcher Angela Tincher made history on Tuesday when she recorded
the 2,000th strikeout of her amazing career. In the process, she also pitched a
no-hitter and ran her record to 30-6 on the season.
Tincher now has 2,002 career strikeouts. That is third all-time in NCAA
history. Monica Abbott had 2,440 at Tennessee, and Cat Osterman hit 2,265 at
Texas. Both of those players now pitch for the U.S. Olympic team.
Tincher’s no-hitter helped spark the Hokies to an 11-0 victory over East
Carolina in the first game of a double-header. However, Tech couldn’t get it
done in the second game, falling to the Pirates 4-1. That was the last game of
the Hokies’ regular season. They finished with an overall record of 41-15, with
a 16-5 mark in ACC play. They are currently ranked #18 in the nation.
The Hokies will be the #2 seed in the ACC Tournament, which begins on May 8.
They dropped two games of a three-game series against North Carolina over the
weekend in Blacksburg. After winning the first game 5-2, the Hokies were
defeated 2-1 and 2-0 in the final two games. UNC, currently 18-2 in the
conference, will be the top seed in the ACC Tournament.
Women’s Track & Field Dominates … Again
Virginia Tech’s women’s track and field team dominated the ACC Outdoor Meets
recently, winning their second consecutive ACC Outdoor Championship on April 19.
As a result, Director of Track & Field Dave Cianelli has been named ACC
Coach of the Year for the fourth straight time.
Perhaps the most impressive performance on the day came from Tech freshman
Dorotea Habazin, who broke the ACC record in the hammer throw with a distance of
213’11". That breaks the previous record by over seven feet.
Virginia Tech’s relay teams had an impressive meet as well. The 4X100-meter
team of Shakirra Pinnock, Kristi Castlin, Queen Harrison, and Britni Spruill
finished in second place with a time of 45.03 seconds. Harrison, Pinnock,
Spruill also competed in the 4X400, along with Asia Washington, and that group
captured first place with a time of 3:34.68. That was just 0.01 seconds behind
the school record.
Kristi Castlin and Queen Harrison also dominated the 100-meter hurdles.
Castlin was first with a time of 12.89 seconds, while Harrison finished a very
close second with a time of 12.91 seconds.
Harrison also went on to have a record setting day in the 400-meter hurdles.
She won the event with a time of 55.16 seconds, a new school and ACC record. It
is also the top time in the country this year.
Virginia Tech will compete in the NCAA East Regional Championships on May 30
and May 31 in Tallahassee, Florida.
For a complete listing of the events and finishes at the ACC Outdoor meet,
see the following link from HokieSports.com.