Virginia Tech rallies with three in fifth to edge Irish 4-3; Banks drives in three
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Virginia Tech rallied for three runs in the fifth inning to complete a comeback and defeat Notre Dame on Friday in the Lexington Regional at John Cropp Stadium.
Tech struck first in the third inning when Kat Banks connected for a solo home run -- her third of the season. The Irish rebounded, scoring three runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. After an RBI single to tie it up, Banks committed an error in right field to allow the Irish to take a 3-1 lead.
In the top of the fifth inning, right after giving up the three runs, the Hokies clawed their way back into it. Lauren Gaskill was hit by a pitch and then Dani Anderson singled up the middle. After Courtney Liddle reached on a fielder’s choice where Gaskill was put out at third base, Kylie McGoldrick also was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Banks.
Banks came through with a single to plate Anderson and Liddle, but on the play, the throw home to try and get Liddle scooted away from the catcher and McGoldrick slid home under the tag to give Tech the lead.
Notre Dame got a two-out double in the sixth inning, but Kelly Heinz got a foul out to escape that jam and then in the seventh inning, the Irish got two one-out singles and then moved the tying run to third base on a flyout. Up stepped Laura Winter, the Big East Player of the Year and her 17 home runs. After going 3-2 in the count, Winter fouled off two pitches before Heinz blew one by her for strike three to end the game.
Heinz (16-7) got the win in relief, allowing no runs on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Jasmin Harrell got the start and went 3.2 innings in the no decision. She allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits.
The Hokies were outhit 10-6, but made their hits count in crucial situations. Banks led the way with two hits and three RBIs.