Region Roundup: LHS grad Millie Thompson leads Clemson to first-ever regional title, and more | College

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Millie Thompson unleashed her ultimate pitch Sunday afternoon at Clemson’s McWhorter Stadium, her trademark grunt audible previously mentioned the chants and roars of a crowd anticipating an unprecedented victory. 

A comfortable grounder to second base. The flip to initially. And then the Liberty Significant University graduate leapt into the air in the circle and was mobbed seconds later by her teammates immediately after main the Tigers to their initial-ever regional softball championship with an 8- gain about Louisiana in the Clemson Regional in Clemson, South Carolina. 

Two days following throwing a no-hitter in regional action towards UNC Wilmington, Thompson was at the time once more dominant, permitting just a person strike and fanning five throughout all five innings. The southpaw enhanced to 15-3 by throwing 44 of her 63 pitches for strikes and allowing just two foundation runners (one on a wander). 

The sophomore from Bedford reduced her Era to 1.75 in 192 innings pitched. Clemson manufactured school heritage by winning the program’s first regional championship in only its third yr of existence. 

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Thompson threw 10 scoreless innings in regional play, authorized just the a person strike and struck out a whole of nine. 

Her Tigers journey to Stillwater, Oklahoma, for a Tremendous Regional this 7 days for a chance to earn a berth into the Women’s School Environment Series. 

Forest’s Lemley can help Tech to regional championship

Virginia Tech gained 3 straight elimination online games in fewer than 24 hours to capture an NCAA regional crown at Tech Softball Park.

The jubilant Hokies mobbed reliever Keely Rochard and jumped up and down soon after rallying past Kentucky 5-4 in the decisive Video game 2 of the regional finals Sunday.

“These are the times you engage in for. These are the moments you dream of, and it was appropriate in entrance of us,” Mackenzie Lawter, who belted the sport-profitable homer in the fifth inning of Game 2, reported of the a few straight wins. 

The Hokies (45-8) experienced state-of-the-art to the finals by rallying past Miami of Ohio 5-4 in the losers’ bracket ultimate. That video game did not begin right until 10:40 p.m. Saturday and did not conclusion till 1:05 a.m. Sunday.

“We are jogging on possibly about five hrs of snooze,” Rochard reported right after Sunday’s finals. “So it is really been a definitely difficult earlier number of times. We’re combating for each and every other.”

Kentucky (37-19) entered Sunday’s finals devoid of a decline in the double-elimination regional, so the 3rd-rated Hokies desired to defeat the 15th-ranked Wildcats twice to gain the regional. Tech squashed Kentucky 9-2 in Activity 1 of the finals to power Recreation 2.

Tech concluded 4-1 in the three-day, 4-workforce pod to acquire a regional for the second straight year and for the 3rd time in its record.

Right after hosting a regional for the very first time, Tech will now host a Super Regional for the initially time.

No. 3 overall seed Virginia Tech will host No. 14 all round seed Florida (46-16) in a very best-of-three Super Regional sequence for a berth in the Women’s Faculty Entire world Sequence. The Super Regional series will start Thursday or Friday.

Jefferson Forest grad Emma Lemley (16-5) pitched an eight-strike total activity to get the acquire in Match 1. Lemley also began Recreation 2. Lemley permitted two solo homers in the top rated of the first, but Jayme Bailey smacked a two-run homer in the base of the to start with to tie the game.

Hokies mentor Pete D’Amour was ejected from the recreation in the prime of the next inning after Lemley was called for throwing back again-to-back unlawful pitches (for possessing both equally ft at the same time in the air) by the second-foundation umpire. D’Amour marched out to second foundation to convey his displeasure and was tossed by that umpire, who also had called Lemley for throwing an illegal pitch in the 1st inning.

“We hardly ever actually see him clearly show emotion,” Bailey said. “That just lit a hearth below us.”

D’Amour stated he was mad about the phone calls and by which umpire was making them. He claimed he had in no way just before witnessed a second-foundation umpire make an unlawful-pitch contact.

“I just felt like the initially [base] and third [base] umpires experienced been contacting [whether pitches were illegal or not] all weekend and maybe they had a far better check out than what she had,” D’Amour claimed.

Rochard relieved Lemley with two outs in the fourth. The Wildcats scored a run with two outs in the seventh on an mistake by third baseman Bre Peck. But with runners on initial and second, Rochard retired Renee Abernathy on a grounder to conclusion the activity. Rochard (25-3) got the acquire in relief, allowing two hits and no earned runs in 3⅓ innings.

Liberty promises No. 1 seed for ASUN tourney

Liberty salvaged the last recreation of its normal-time series with a 16-12 triumph more than Kennesaw Point out on Saturday. It was more than enough to raise the Flames to the No. 1 seed for the forthcoming ASUN Convention event.

Liberty and KSU concluded tied atop the East Division standings, and the Flames secured the tiebreaker by currently being rated 40th in the most current RPI position when compared to the Owls’ 43rd position.

Liberty, West Division co-champion Lipscomb, KSU and FGCU will be in Pool A for the ASUN tournament. The Flames open up from FGCU at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Swanson Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida, and then perform KSU on Wednesday (11 a.m.) and Lipscomb on Thursday (11 a.m.).

Pool B is made up of Jacksonville, Eastern Kentucky, North Florida and Jacksonville Point out.

The Pool A winner faces Pool B winner at 11 a.m. Friday in the semifinals, and Pool A runner-up plays Pool B 3rd-position at 3 p.m.

The semifinal winners perform for the championship at 1 p.m. Saturday.

In Salem, Red Sox left fielder Tyler Miller hit a stroll-off house run to appropriate off Brauny Munoz in the base of the ninth, and Salem salvaged the past two games of a six-match collection at Carillion Clinic Industry just after Lynchburg gained 4 straight around its division rival. 

The sequence finale was a wild, back again-and-forth affair in which the two groups blended for 17 runs and 23 hits. Making an attempt to prevent the bleeding, every single aspect made use of six pitchers. 

Lynchburg (21-17) tied the recreation at 6 in the seventh inning, but Salem (19-20) place two runs on the board in the base of that frame. 

The Hillcats then tied the sport at 8 in the top rated of the ninth, highlighted by a RBI single from Yordys Valdes. But Salem wouldn’t be denied, as Miller, the initially batter up in the frame, released a line travel to appropriate that built the variation. 

Hillcats first baseman Wilfri Peralta led his team by going 3 for 4 with two RBIs. 

Lynchburg commences a 12-recreation homestand Tuesday, beginning with a 6-game sequence towards Columbia. Initial pitch Tuesday is slated for 6:30 p.m. 

Mark Berman of The Roanoke Occasions contributed.

By Harriet