After travelling to Chapel Hill, North Carolina to face UNC over the weekend, the Virginia Tech softball team returned to Blacksburg on Tuesday to host UNC Greensboro in a doubleheader.
The Hokies swept the Spartans, winning the first game 8-1 and the second game 10-9.
In the first match UNCG got on the board first with Alisha Fergueroa scoring off of a single to the left field by Katelyn Beldwell in the top of the first inning.
Although the Spartans got off to a fast start, Virginia Tech pitcher Jasmine Harrell held UNCG scoreless for the rest of the game. Harrell bounced back from pitching two recent losses and improved her record to 8-4.
“I think Jasmines confidence may have been down a little bit, and hopefully, she uses this performance to springboard her into the rest of our ACC schedule,” said head coach Scot Thomas.
UNCG continued its trend of scoring in the top of the first inning in the second match, scoring a run off of a single down the right field line by Lindsay Thomas.
The Hokies quickly responded with 2 runs in the bottom of the first inning, sparked by a hit to the left field fence by senior Courtney Liddle.
The Spartans tied up the scored at 4 in the top of the third inning with a home run by Bedwell, bringing in two runs and single by Figueroa, bringing in the third and final run of the inning.
After the Hokies reclaimed the lead in the fourth inning, Thomas changed pitchers, putting Harrell in for starting pitcher Maggie Tyler, but Harrell’s return to the mount wasn’t as successful as hoped. UNCG wasted no time in getting back on the board with Bedwell hitting another home run down the left field.
“Getting scored on is just part of the game, but you cant let it get to you,” Harrell said. “You just have to keep pushing forward and put your team in the best position to win.”
With the game going back and forth almost every inning, Tech entered the bottom of the seventh inning losing 9-8. After the first two Hokies up to bat were walked, Sophomore Logan Spaw got to first place off of a bunt.
The bases now loaded, junior Kat Banks hit a single to left field, allowing the two runs needed to win the game.
After being swept by North Carolina State in their home opener and losing two out of three games to UNC last weekend, the Hokies are seemingly out of their slump.
“I think it was important for us to get our bats hot again, and this was an important and close game for us,” Liddle said of the second game. “In the end, we put up 10 runs, and last weekend, we really struggled to put runs on the board, so that was probably the biggest thing for us tonight.”
The Hokies play the reigning ACC Softball champions, Georgia Tech, this weekend at home with a double-header beginning at noon on Saturday and a match on Sunday at 1 p.m.