Maryland Softball Drops First Game of ACC Championship to Virginia Tech, 7-4

May 8, 2008

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland softball dropped its first game of the Atlantic Coast Conference softball championship to Virginia Tech, 7-4, Thursday afternoon. The Terps will face Boston College in an elimination game at 8:00 p.m. Thursday. Maryland dropped to 36-22 on the season, while the Hokies improved to 42-15.

Maryland senior Jenny Belak led off the top of the first with a single up the middle off Tech starter Angela Tincher. Belak advanced on an Alex Schultz sacrifice bunt and moved to third on a Tincher wild pitch. Belak scored on a RBI groundout by Sarde Stewart, who reached on an error by Virginia Tech's Beth Walker. Brittany Bessho stepped up and hit a long home run to right-center field to give the Terps an early 3-0 lead.

In the bottom of the first, Tech's Kelsey Hoffman hit a single that scored Jenna Rhodes before Charisse Mariconda moved to the third and scored on an error by Meghan Booth. Virginia Tech tied the game in the second on an Erin Ota single that scored Carolina Stolle.

In the third, Misty Hall scored on a failed pickoff attempt by Bessho to give the Hokies a 4-3 lead. Jessica Everhart singled up the middle to score pinch hitter Heather Lowry to extend the lead to two.

Tech added two more in the fifth when Beth Walked doubled to score Mariconda and Hoffman scored on a sacrifice fly by Jessica Everhart.

The Terps added one more in the top of the seventh when Tincher threw high on a Kerry Hickey groundball that allowed Belak to score.

Maryland starter Sarah Dooley (16-16) struck out two in 4 1/3 innings, allowing six earned runs. Lindsey Wright struck out one in 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief for the Terps. Tincher (31-6), after allowing three runs in the first, struck out 12 to earn the victory.

With her two hits today, Belak now has 219 hits in her career at Maryland, a school record.

Maryland (36-22)	300 000 1   4 6 3
Virginia Tech (42-15)	212 020	X   7 8 3
Sarah Dooley, Lindsey Wright (5) and Brittany Bessho; Angela Tincher and Kelsey Hoffman. W - Tincher, 31-6. L - Dooley, 16-16. HR - Bessho (7).