Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Road Trip No. 1: Hokies vs. Team USA

Gobbler Country Road Trip No. 1
Softball: Hokies vs. Team USA
ASA Don E. Porter Hall of Fame Stadium
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Miles Round Trip: 60
Total Dollars Spent: $25 ($10 ticket, $15 Shirt)

Tinch > Finch.

The first ever Gobbler Country Road Trip was a home game for me. And the Hokies felt right at home in Oklahoma City as well. Hokie phenom pitcher Angela Tincher no-hit the best softball team in the world as the Hokies beat Team USA, 1-0.

To put that into perspective, Team USA came into the game 17-0 on its pre-Olympic tour. Only one previous team had scored on them and they had just finished beating DePaul, 23-0. And the one and only Jennie Finch was starting in the circle for the Red, White and Blue.

All Tincher did was not allow hit, not allow a ball out of the infield, walk one and strikeout 10. She dominated the world's elite.

I said earlier today that for the Hokies to win, Tincher would have to pitch the game of her life and Tech would have to get a gift run. That's pretty much what happened. Obviously, it was an incredible performance by Tincher. The Hokies scored in the second when Kelsey Hoffman led off the inning with a double. Pinch runner Anna Zitt advanced to third on an illegal pitch by Finch and then scored on a single by Caroline Stolle.

That was all Tincher needed. You'll be hard-pressed to find a more dominating performance by a pitcher at any level in either softball or baseball. Set your TiVos for 7 p.m. May 6 when the game is shown on ESPN2. Amazing performance.

Photos from OKC:

Entrance to Hall of Fame Stadium

Inside the stadium

Hokies pregame warm-ups

Jennie Finch

Angela Tincher

Tincher's first batter, Caitlin Lowe

Hokies get a runner to third in the second

Coach Scot Thomas congratulates the Hokies after scoring in the second

Facing Jennie Finch

Tincher and the Hokies between innings

Monica Abbott

The coaching staff before the bottom of the seventh

Tincher completes the no-no

Hokies 1, USA 0

Coach Thomas addresses the team after the game

Tincher interviewed by ESPN

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