College of Charleston 6, Virginia Tech 3

May 21, 2005

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Junior Jayme Durand hit two homeruns and had three RBI and senior Darcy Johnson hit a two-run homerun to power the College of Charleston past Virginia Tech, 6-3 at the 2005 NCAA Regional No. 11. The loss eliminated Virginia Tech, while the College of Charleston will play Tennessee on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The first of Durands homeruns put the College of Charleston (53-17) up 1-0 in the first inning. Virginia Tech (44-25) tied the game in the bottom of the third inning, plating a run on a two-out single by freshman Stephanie Savre. Freshman Caroline Stolle singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a walk to senior Megan Evans. Savre then blooped a single into left field to score Stolle and knot the game at one.

The Cougars regained the lead in the fifth, as freshman Jessica Lyness reached on an error by Virginia Tech third baseman Ciara Chaffee, scoring on Johnsons two-run opposite-field homerun for a 3-1 lead. The Cougars added another run in the inning as Hokie starter Angela Tincher (21-9) walked Durand with the bases loaded to force in another run, for a 4-1 cushion.

Virginia Tech cut the lead to two in the bottom half of the inning, as junior Caitlin Murphy singled to lead off the inning and junior Alisia Naradowski doubled and a walk to Evans loaded the bases. CofC head coach Chandelle Schulte pulled started Rachel Stern (32-10) and reliever Natalie Smith surrendered a single to Savre singled to score Murphy. Naradowski attempted to score from second on the play, but was thrown out. Smith then retired seniors Kathleen Jones and Sarah Prosise, to end the threat.

Hokie Reliever Katie Maynard got wild in the fifth inning, giving up a single, walking a batter and hitting two to force in another run to restore the three-run Cougar lead. Durand then hit her second homerun of the game in the top of the seventh to push the score to 6-2. Evans homered for Virginia Tech in the bottom half to complete the scoring.

Durand finished the evening 2-for-3 with two homeruns and three RBI, while Johnson 1-for-3 with a homerun and two RBI. Evans led Virginia Tech, going 1-for-1 with an RBI, while walking three times.

VIRGINIA TECH QUOTES

Virginia Tech Head Coach Scot Thomas
(opening statement) We kept fighting in there. Im very proud of this program and what weve done this year in the conference in terms of the way we approached the Atlantic Coast Conference. Im proud of the way we came back after not playing so well yesterday. I think we gave it our best effort. I think Ange [Tincher] was out there throwing on her last leg and giving the best she had. Katie came in and did a great job all day. Its too bad Kelly Brown wasnt out there at the top of the order because she puts a lot of pressure on people for us. That made it tough. Everybody else tried to pick it up and we picked it up in the first game. College of Charleston is a good hitting team and sometimes you lose those games, but at least we lost to a quality program. They were solid and played a great game today.

(on not getting to play Tennessee) I would have liked to have had a shot at it. We always have a good time when we play them. It is always a good game up there in Bristol. We just ran into a bus in the College of Charleston. Maybe next year.

(on the season as a whole) You saw the reason we fell off in the ACC conference. We had the same thing happen here that happened to us throughout [the year]. For example, when we played the UNC series we didnt have Kelly Brown because of a concussion. Angela was kind of pitching off one leg at that point and we didnt realize what was wrong with her. When we finally got Angela back and everybody was pretty healthy we made a good run at the ACC tournament. Its a bit dissappointing, but I thought the kids played their hearts out. You cant get this far and lose a couple players like that. It makes it tough, especially when you play a College of Charleston team that can get to you.

(on being in the ACC) I think that Virginia Tech has always belonged in the ACC. You are just seeing the tip of the iceburg from our programs and what we can do in a conference like that and what it does for us to play in a conference like that. Were just making good on the scenario. Were getting the opportunity and making the most of our opportunity in the first year. Im very proud to be a part of the ACC. Im very proud of Virginia Tech for being able to have the opportunity of finally finding a place we call home. Its definitly a positive and Im excited about it and our future in the ACC.

(On leaving runners on base) I think we hit a couple of balls pretty hard at them. We only struck out one time so it wasnt like we were getting up there whipping at them. The kids were really fighting, but that was tough. Megan Evans went out the only way she could have by hitting that solo shot. Im really proud of her. We did leave too many runners on, but it was certainly a historic ending to our season, being able to play in the NCAA Regionals. This team will always go down in history of Virgina Tech softball. I am very proud of them.

Angela Tincher
(on her freshman year) I definitly didnt expect some of the things that happened to our team. Im very happy with our season as a whole. I didnt know how I would fit in as a freshman so I think that was a suprise to me.

(on her leg injury) I pitched a lot last weekend and I think that definitly came back this weekend considering how many innings I threw...This is Regionals so I definitly wanted to throw, but I was feeling the pain from how much I pitched last weekend. My leg was definitly hurting. I didnt have my best stuff either.

(On College of Charlestons hitting) One of those [homeruns] was on one of my bad pitches, but I think most of the time they were just swinging for the fences. They just got a hold of the ball. They are definitly a good hitting team.

Katie Maynard
(on College of Charlestons hitting) I know at the beginning of the year we beat them 1-0. I cant remember them having those big bats. They came out determined. They are one of the best hitting teams I have seen all year. Some of those girls had our numbers. It just happens in softball...We were throwing everything at them and they were just hitting it.

(on not getting to play Tennessee) I am dissappointed because I know how much fun that game always is. We didnt get to play them this year in Bristol. I am dissappointed because I really wanted to go at them tomorrow.

Stephanie Savre
(on College of Charlestons hitting) They just hit better than us today. They came out and were more productive in their offense than we were.

COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON QUOTES

College of Charleston Head Coach Chandelle Schulte
(opening comments) It has been a long weekend. We had our starting right fielder go out and everybody came in and picked up the slack, and Natalie Smith came in and helped out Rachael (Stern). That is how it has been all season, it is not one person, but the whole team. I could not be prouder of them.

(on their performance today and the game tomorrow) We have hit 63 homeruns this year, which is a new school record. In order to beat Tennessee we have to play our best softball. They are so aggressive on the base paths, and they make you pay for every mistake that you have. Tomorrow, we need to go out, have fun and know that we have played our best softball that we can. To go to the championship of our first regional is amazing. I am very happy.

Jayme Durand
(on offensive play and what to work on for tomorrow) We were jumping on the ball early in situations, not working the count waiting on our pitch. We weren t swinging at drop balls and rise balls. We were laying off and waiting on our pitch.

Darcy Johnson
(on how they played differently this game) I think we played differently. We were a little more relaxed and not uptight.

Rachael Stern
(on defensive play) They had a lot of base runners, but I give a lot of credit to my defense, we put the ball in play and I know they helped me out.

-- Courtesy Tennessee