May 9, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The third-seeded Maryland softball team's late rally fell short as it fell to sixth-seeded Virginia Tech, 8-5, Thursday in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals.
Maryland (31-26, 13-8 ACC) had late offensive opportunities, but couldn't convert to stay alive in the ACC Championship.
Virginia Tech (35-18, 9-11) took the early lead in the top first. Lauren Gaskill led off with a base hit up the middle, then Dani Anderson bunted her to second. Gaskill scored on a base hit to left by Kylie McGoldrick to make it 1-0.
The Hokies added another run in the top of the third. Gaskill led off with a base hit, then scored off Courtney Liddle's triple off the centerfield wall. McGoldrick followed that with a two-run homer to center to make it 4-0.
The Terrapins tied it up in the bottom of the third off a grand slam by ACC Freshman of the Year, Melissa Mancuso was hit by a pitch to lead off, then Sara Acosta both drew walks to load the bases with no outs. Schmeiser stepped to the plate and launched her 12th home run of the year over the left field wall to tie the game at four.
Virginia Tech took back the lead in the top of the fourth with back to back doubles by Logan Spaw and Bkaye Smith. Anderson singled to bring in another, then the Hokies got two more off a bases-loaded walk and a hit batter to make it 8-4.
Maryland got one back in the bottom of the sixth. Shannon Bustillos was hit by a pitch to start the inning and Bria Taylor came on to pinch run. Nikki Maier stepped up and put a base hit in left to make it 8-5. Pinch hitter Corey Schwartz drew a walk to load the bases with no outs, but after a pitching change, the Terps did not score.
Lindsey Schmeiser was voted ACC Freshman of the Year by the league's head coaches Wednesday. Schmeiser also represented the Terps on the 10-member All-ACC First Team.
The rookie shortstop from Dunkirk, Md. leads the ACC in RBI with 59. With her four RBI Thursday, she broke Maryland's record of 56 RBI in a season, set by current assistant coach Amber Jackson in her 2007 senior season.
The Terps finished third in the ACC and set a school record for most ACC wins in a season with 13.