KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – For the second time in Knoxville Regional history, No. 16 Virginia Tech and Louisville played a marathon as the Hokies eventually prevailed 1-0 in 10 innings during the opening contest of NCAA action on Friday, May 16th at the Lee Softball Stadium. Back in 2006, the two squads played the longest game in Tyson Park history with Va. Tech prevailing by a 1-0 count in 12 frames.
The contest immediately devolved into a pitcher’s duel between Virginia Tech’s Angela Tincher and Louisville’s Kristen Wadwell. The Hokies managed numerous base runners, leaving nine on the bags through their opening five innings of work at the plate.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals were having zero luck against the All-American in the circle from Va. Tech as the right hander posted 12 strikeouts through six frames and took a no-hitter into the sixth before permitting an infield single to catcher Melissa Roth. In fact the Cardinals posted only four base runners in the entire contest, three via walks.
After leaving single base runners stranded in the seventh, eighth and ninth frames, Virginia Tech shortstop and 10th inning lead-off batter Misty Hall drove the first offering she received from Wadwell just over the right field wall posting the walk-off victory.
With the triumph, the Hokies will now battle the victor of a Friday evening match-up between Winthrop and No. 13 Tennessee on Saturday at noon ET. The contest will be broadcast live on ESPN2.