No. 13 Virginia Tech Softball Rebounds With Series Win At NC State

Lyndsey Grein and Virginia Tech bounced back with two wins on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, after falling at NC State on Friday. (Virginia Tech athletics)

As Virginia Tech head coach Pete D’Amour said after the game, it’s easy to forget that the Hokies play 56 games.

Nobody would blame you for forgetting that after Tech’s four-game ACC losing streak, from a sweep at No. 2 Duke to a series-opening loss against NC State. But reel yourself back in after No. 13 Virginia Tech’s 12-0 win over the Wolfpack on Sunday, its second consecutive run-rule victory.

“We’re going to get everyone’s best shot,” D’Amour said. “It’s all about how we respond when we do get punched in the nose.”

The Hokies (28-9-1, 11-4 ACC) swung first in the rubber match. Eight different players scored runs in the first frame. Center fielder Emma Ritter led off with a home run, then left fielder Addy Greene and right fielder Cori McMillan hit triples. Before the Wolfpack (20-18, 2-13) recorded an out, Tech led by four.

They didn’t stop in the first inning, though. In the second, McMillan led off with a solo home run into the trees. In the next frame, third baseman Bre Peck drove in three with a homer of her own.

Ritter led with three hits, while Greene, McMillan and second baseman Cameron Fagan had two. Eight of Tech’s nine starters scored a run, led by McMillan’s two.

Lost in the shuffle of the Hokies’ offense was starter Lyndsey Grein, who pitched a complete-game shutout and gave up one hit and two walks.

NC State starter Madison Inscoe made her shortest start of the season, lasting seven batters without recording an out. She allowed three runs, three hits and one walk while throwing just nine pitches.

Rylee Wyman, who shut down the Hokies on Friday, relieved Inscoe for 2 ⅓ innings and surrendered eight runs and seven hits. She walked six batters, doubling her previous season-high.

After a bit of a scare last week, when the Hokies fell to Duke, struggled in their third consecutive road series and dipped in the rankings, they are positioning themselves for a postseason run. As the season progresses, they will continue to face adversity and will need to be able to weather that storm. This weekend is proof that is possible.

“We did a good job of responding this weekend,” D’Amour said.

Virginia Tech won’t play a midweek game this week, but it will return to Tech Softball Park for the next two weekends against Boston College and Georgia Tech, respectively. Its first game against the Eagles will be on Friday at 6 p.m. ET.

Box Score: No. 13 Virginia Tech 12, NC State 0 (5 innings) 

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  1. Duke is the best team we will play and we got swept. We can’t lose more than a couple of games if we want to host. We played Alabama and Georgia tuff but really faltered against stinking duke.

  2. We outscored NCState 30-6 in 3 games and we still lost one. If we want to host at all, I don’t think we will get there winning 2 of 3 in our remaining series. Schedule strength is only going down. But, good we bounced back in games 2 and 3.

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