Virginia Tech out-hit Texas A&M and committed one less error. Unfortunately for the Hokies, the Aggies had the upper hand in runs, downing Tech 1-0 in the Women’s College World Series on Thursday afternoon. The Hokies will now face #1 Florida in an elimination game. Florida was upset by unseeded Louisiana Lafayette in the first game of the day.
Texas A&M managed just two hits off Tech ace Angela Tincher, who pitched a complete game and struck out nine of the 22 batters she faced. Unfortunately for Tincher, a fielding error in the bottom of the sixth inning sent her home with the loss.
With an Aggie on second base, third baseman Charisse Mariconda fielded a routine chopper. However her throw to first base was off, and the ball got away from first baseman Beth Walker, and the runner was able to round third and score. Tech’s error came at the most critical point in the game.
Texas A&M, one of the best fielding teams in the nation, committed two errors on the day. However, they both came with no runners on base, and the Hokies didn’t have much of a chance to cash them in for runs.
Tech’s best chance to score came in the top of the sixth inning. With runners on first and second with two outs, Jessica Everhart hit a slicing line drive down the third base line. It sliced a little too much and fell in foul territory, by about an inch. Everhart then popped out harmlessly.
It appeared to be a very even matchup, but the Aggies came out on top. Tech will now face a daunting task with #1 Florida, who is 67-4 on the season. Their loss to Louisiana Lafayette was a major upset. The Hokies and Gators will play on Saturday at noon, and the game will be televised by ESPN.