Angela Tincher pitched a no-hitter and the Virginia Tech softball team defeated Florida State 2-0 in the ACC Tournament semifinals on Saturday afternoon. The Hokies will advance to the ACC Championship Game on Sunday, where they’ll attempt to defend their title against NC State.
Tincher pitched a no-hitter against the Seminoles, the 14th of her career. It was just the third no-hitter in ACC Tournament history. Because of rain, the tournament was changed from double elimination to single elimination. With one less game to play, Tincher should be well-rested for tomorrow’s championship game.
NC State, the #5 seed, upset #1 UNC on Saturday 1-0. The Wolfpack are 30-26 on the season, with an 8-13 record in ACC play. They lost all three games to Virginia Tech during the regular season.
With two wins so far in the tournament, the Hokies are now 42-15. UNC was the favorite coming up, but their unexpected defeat gives Virginia Tech an excellent chance to defend their championship.
Tomorrow’s championship game will be played at noon, and it will be televised regionally by the league’s Regional Sports Network. Check your local listings.
Baseball Upsets #1 Miami
The Virginia Tech baseball team upset the #1 team in the nation on Saturday afternoon. Led by freshman pitcher Justin Wright, the Hokies defeated the Hurricanes 7-6 in a late game rally at English Field.
Wright pitched a complete game, and finished with seven strikeouts. He is 3-0 on the season with a 3.95 ERA in 22 appearances. He has only made five starts, but he should get more opportunities as he gains experience.
Virginia Tech trailed 6-3 heading into the bottom of the 7th inning, but rallied to score three runs in their final opportunity. That got the Hokies back into it, and they went on to score the winning run in the bottom of the 8th.
Miami entered the game ranked #1 in the nation. They dropped to 40-6 overall and 21-3 in the ACC with the loss. Tech improved to 21-29 overall and 5-21 in conference play. It was the first game of a double header. At the time of this writing, Miami leads the second game 4-0 heading into the bottom of the 7th.