College of Charleston 10, Virginia Tech 2

May 20, 2005

Rachel Stern tossed a complete-game three-hitter, while teammates Leshe' Russell and Jessica Lyness belted homers as No. 2 seed College of Charleston cruised to a 10-2, six-inning victory over third-seeded Virginia Tech in the opening round of the Knoxville Regional in Women's NCAA Softball Tournament action at Tyson Park on Friday.

The Cougars, who tied the school's single-season mark with 60 homers, improved to 52-16 on the season. The Cougars advanced to play host Tennessee, a 9-0 winner over Miami University, in a 1:00pm start on Saturday. The Hokies fell to 43-24.

After Megan Evans' two-run double in the first inning staked the Hokies to a 2-0 lead, the Cougars rallied in the bottom of the frame to tie the score.

Russell blasted the second pitch delivered by Angela Tincher for a homer to left field, her team-leading 11th of the season, that cut the margin to 2-1. Bridget Loudermilk walked and eventually scored to tie the game at 2-2 on Lyness' sacrifice fly to centerfield.

The Cougars scored single runs in the third and fourth innings to take the lead for good. Jayme Durand walked leading off the third and scored when Shondra Schlichenmayer doubled to right center for a 3-2 CofC lead.

The Cougars stretched their advantage to 4-2 in the fourth inning when Kolby Schooley singled to left leading off the inning and scored on a two-out error.

The Cougars put the game away with a three-run fifth inning highlighted by Schooley's RBI single and Renee Francis' two-run double to right center that scored Schooley and Darcy Johnson for a 7-2 CofC advantage.

Lyness' three-run home run in the sixth was her eighth of the season and scored Berni Martinez and Durand for the final margin. Lyness finished with a game-high four RBI, while Schooley and Francis collected two hits each.

Stern (31-9) earned the win tossing her 35th complete-game of the season. Stern allowed two runs, one earned, while walking two and striking out two.

Tincher (21-8) suffered the loss allowing three runs on two hits over 2 1/3 innings of work. Tincher walked four and struck out two.



-- Courtesy College of Charleston