TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The second-ranked Florida State softball team scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to beat fourth-ranked Virginia Tech 8-6 on Sunday.
Technical head coach Pete D’Amour and pitching coach Doug Gillis were ejected separately in the bottom of the sixth for arguing with a referee during a stretch when technical freshman reliever Emma Lemley (Jefferson Forest) was called for five illegal pitches (for having both feet simultaneously in the air).
FSU’s first run in the bottom of the sixth came when Kalei Harding hit an RBI single against Tech ace Keely Rochard to cut Tech’s lead to 6-4. With runners in second and third, Lemley relieved Rochard with one out.
Thanks in part to illegal pitches (one ball is awarded to the count for every illegal pitch, even if the batter makes contact or swings and misses), Lemley walked both batters she faced and FSU reduced the advance at 6-5. The first batter would have struck out and the second batter would have gone if the illegal pitches had not been called. Rochard came back in the circle, but Sydney Sherrill hit a three-RBI double to give FSU the lead.
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FSU (37-4, 11-4) lost the first two games of the series.
No. 10 Roanoke sweeps Randolph
The Maroons (20-8, 6-4 ODAC) swept a double from Randolph (7-24, 1-9) Sunday at Lynchburg, winning the first game 2-1 and the second 8-6.
Jada Karnes (William Byrd) threw a three-hitter for Roanoke in Game 1, striking out five and walking none. Shanan Hester had a double RBI for Roanoke and Morgan Clark had a single RBI.
In Game 2, Roanoke scored five runs in the top of the seventh to take an 8-5 lead. Sammie Murphy had two hits, including a triple RBI, for Roanoke in that game.
Ferrum splits the doubleheader
The visiting Panthers (17-9, 7-3 ODAC) shared a doubleheader with Bridgewater (19-13, 9-3) on Sunday, winning Game 1 2-0 but losing Game 2 12-0 in five innings .
Lyndsey Sears threw a two-hit shutout for Ferrum in Game 1. She also had a two-RBI double in the win.
No. 21 NC State 10, Va. Tech 3
Dominic Pilolli had two hits and four RBIs to lead the Wolfpack (19-11, 7-7 ACC) past the Hokies (20-8, 7-6) Sunday at Blacksburg.
Cade Hunter hit a solo homer for Tech, which won the first two games of the series.
No. 8 Miami 15, No. 3 UVa 5
Edgardo Villegas had two hits and three RBIs to lead the Hurricanes (26-6, 13-2 ACC) past the Cavaliers (26-6, 9-6) on Sunday in Coral Gables, Fla.
Chris Newell had four hits, including a home run, and two RBIs for UVa.
Miami swept the three-game series.
Tyler Kaltreider, Nathan Light, Will Riley and Will Lopez combined a four-hit shutout Sunday to give the Keydets (10-23, 1-2 Southern Conference) a win over the Bulldogs (15-14, 2-1) at Birmingham, Alabama.
In the second inning, VMI’s Trey Morgan tripled and scored on Cole Jenkins’ RBI single.
Radford 14, Gardner-Webb 3
Bradlee Preap had five hits and four RBIs to lead the host Highlanders (10-22, 4-8 Big South) past the Runnin’ Bulldogs (11-22, 2-7) on Sunday.
Ryan Gilmore had three hits and two RBIs for Radford, which won a Big South series for the first time this season. Ty Dooley added three hits and an RBI.
Lexie Paxton, of Washington and Lee, a graduate of Rockbridge County High School, qualified for next month’s IHSA National Championship by winning the middle fences in the individual portion of the IHSA Zone 4 Finals on Saturday in Laurinburg , North Carolina.