Saturday, May 31, 2008

Road to OKC: UF 2, VT 0 (9)

The Hokies go 2NQ at the 2008 Women's College World Series after losing to No. 1 Florida, 2-0, Saturday in Oklahoma City.

Angela Tincher suffered the loss despite striking out 19. The Gators scored two runs in the ninth on a double by pinch hitter Mary Ratliff. Tincher struck out the first two batters of the inning, but gave up two singles and hit a batter before Ratliff's double.

The Hokies had a chance to win the game in the seventh. Erin Ota led off the inning and reached third on a fielding error by Florida center fielder Kim Waleszonia. Gator pitcher Stacey Nelson intentionally walked Charisse Mariconda and Misty Hall to load the bases for Kelsey Hoffman. However, Hoffman grounded into a double play and Jessica Everhart grounded out to end the inning.

Both Thursday and Saturday, early clouds gave way to bright sunshine and temps in the 90s. It was hot, but average for Oklahoma in late May. The Hokie fans Saturday were into the game, getting loud on almost every two-strike count. A few Hokies decided to have fun with the Florida faithful. Every time they started the "Gator Bait" chant, the Hokies behind me responded with chants of "We Eat Gator."

It was a great year for the Hokies and a great career for Angela Tincher. She delivered another brilliant performance, pitching her way out of trouble a few times in the game. However, the Hokie bats were again unable to provide any run support. Below are photos from Saturday's game.

Even softball fans tailgate in the a.m.

Fun at the WCWS Fan Fest

Bracket in front of the stadium

Statue in front of the stadium

Hokies prepare to take the field

Angela Tincher

Hokie fans from Stillwater, Okla.

Hokies are eliminated by Florida

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