TEMPE, Ariz. – Virginia Tech fired off 14 hits including three home runs as it defeated the FGCU softball team, 10-3, at the Diamond Devil Tournament at Farrington Stadium on Friday afternoon.
With the loss, FGCU falls to 9-14 on the season, while Virginia Tech improves to 16-5. The Eagles continue play at the Diamond Devil Tournament against Howard at 5:30 p.m.
Tech got on the board in the bottom of the first on Courtney Liddle’s three-run shot to left center to give the Hokies a 3-0 lead. Richelle McGarva and Dani Anderson both reached base on singles before scoring on the longball. Two batters later, Betty Rose fired off another home run for a 4-0 led.
FGCU responded with a run of its own off freshman Brittney Garabedian’s (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) team-leading sixth bomb to left center.
In the bottom of the second, the Hokies struck again adding a run on Anderson’s single down the left field line for a 5-1 advantage. Anderson plated Kat Banks who reached on a single before stealing second.
Senior Courtney Platt (Naples, Fla./Gulf Coast) blasted her second home run in as many games in the bottom of the frame, to shorten the lead to three runs, 5-2.
Sophomore Mariah Fernández (Cape Coral, Fla./North Fort Myers) extended her hitting streak to four games with a double to left center to score senior Nicole Boswell (Jacksonville, Fla./Bartram Trail), closing the gap to two runs, 5-3. Boswell, who earned a walk, pinch hit for freshman Regan Knapik (Land O’Lakes, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch).
In the bottom of the fifth, the Hokies were in perfect position to add to their lead with bases loaded. With two outs redshirt junior Morgan Campen (Rougemont, N.C./Nothern) came in relief, striking out pinch hitter Ashton Ward to end the threat.
FGCU’s best chance to tie the game came in the top of the sixth when a Tech miscue and a single brought the tying batter up to the plate. Kenzie Roark fanned two in a row before Boswell singled up the middle to load the bases. A pop up to shortstop ended the threat and the Eagles’ last opportunity to win the game.
Tech extended its lead to seven runs in the bottom of the sixth. Banks scored on Kristen Foehlich’s single, which advanced Stephanie Kujawa, who then scored on an Eagle error. The next batter, Rose, blasted her second home run of the game to score three runs and seal the 10-3 victory.
Redshirt senior Catherine McDaniel (Melbourne, Fla./Florida Tech) (4-7) took the loss, surrendering 11 hits and five runs, while striking out three in 4.2 innings of work. Jasmin Harrell (4-1) earned the win, fanning seven, while giving up four hits, three runs and two walks in 4.1 innings. Roark got her second save of the season, giving up three hits and striking out five in 2.2 innings.