UT softballers ousted
KNOXVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Lady Vols had home-field advantage and the better ranking.
That didn’t help them get out of the opening NCAA regional title game, and now they will be missing the Women’s College World Series after playing for the national championship in 2007.
Virginia Tech used a 56-minute rain delay Sunday night and rallied for a 4-2 win to eliminate No. 13 Tennessee (50-16). The loss means the Lady Vols will miss the College World Series for the first time in four years.
“I’m proud of our kids, they won 50 games on a team that lost six starters,” Tennessee co-head coach Ralph Weekly said. “They gave it everything they had. I believe (Angela) Tincher is the best pitcher in the nation.”
One of those starters who left was pitcher Monica Abbott, who’s now pitching for the U.S. women’s softball team.
Tennessee led 1-0 with two outs and a Virginia Tech runner on first in the fourth when the rain hit. Misty Hall was the first batter up after the delay and hit a two-run home run. The 16th-ranked Hokies (47-15) added two more in the fourth.
Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com