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Tincher, Hokies Still Alive in ACC Softball Tournament
by Chris Coleman,

The 2006 ACC Softball Tournament kicked off in Chapel Hill on Thursday, and things didnít go as smoothly as the Hokies would have liked. Last year Tech pulled several upsets en route to an appearance in the championship game, and later earned a bid to the NCAA tournament. This year it was Virginia Tech that got upset in the early stages.

In the first game of the tournament, the #3 seed Hokies were upset by #6 seed UVA. Virginia Tech recorded just one hit during the contest, but managed to get players on base nonetheless. Unfortunately they couldnít take advantage, stranding nine base runners. Tech's Angela Tincher gave up three runs on two hits, but she hit four batters and walked four more.

Fortunately for Tech, the ACC Softball Tournament is double elimination, so they got another chance. The Hokies went into the losersí bracket after losing to UVA and on Thursday night played Maryland, who had lost to UNC earlier in the day. This time the Hokies prevailed, winning 1-0 as Tincher tossed her ninth shutout of the season. In the two games Thursday, Tincher gave up a total of four hits and struck out 27 in 14 innings. Maryland is now eliminated from the ACC Tournament.

After playing two games on Thursday, the Hokies will get most of the day off on Friday. Tech will not play until 8 pm, when they will face off against the loser of the game between #1 seed NC State and #5 seed Florida State. The Wolfpack and Seminoles will play at 3 pm, so the Hokies will have an advantage in terms of rest and preparation.

Whatever happens in tonightís game, or in the remainder of the tournament, you canít overlook the job that Scot Thomas has done with the softball team since Virginia Tech joined the ACC. After struggling in the regular season last year, the Hokies nearly won the ACC Tournament and gained a postseason berth. This year Tech finished third in the conference and hopes to lock up a second consecutive postseason bid over the weekend.

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Despite having such a good finish in ACC play this year, the team is still very young. The Hokies' starting lineup consisted of as many as five freshmen and three sophomores in 2006. Techís star player, pitcher Angela Tincher, is only a sophomore. Three Virginia Tech freshmen, Charisse Mariconda, Beth Walker and Jessica Everhart, were named second team All-ACC on Wednesday. Freshman catcher Kelsy Rokey, who drove in the game-winning run against Maryland on Thursday night, started 23 games for Tech this year. The talent level of the program is improving, and the team will only get better with more experience.

Tincher is already one of the most dominant players in Virginia Tech and ACC history. Tincher, who is just a sophomore, broke the Virginia Tech and ACC record for strikeouts in a season. After Thursdayís games, she currently has 471 strikeouts on the year. She has a career record of 46-16 with a 0.91 ERA.

On Wednesday she was named ACC Player of the Year and ACC Pitcher of the Year, the first time in conference history that the same player has taken home both honors. She was also named one of ten finalists for ASA USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. Tincher is one of just two sophomores among the ten finalists. Everyone else on the list is either a senior or a junior.

Tincher has many notable accomplishments in her career. Letís take a look at some of her career highlights, in no particular order:

In Virginia Techís first-ever ACC softball game, Tincher dominated the Maryland Terrapins, tossing a no-hitter. She struck out 16 batters in the process.

On February 23, 2005, Tincher pitched nine innings of shutout baseball against Radford, pitching a no-hitter in the process. She struck out 22 batters in the game, which is the fifth-highest total in NCAA history.

Tincher missed three weeks with a stress fracture in her left fibula during her freshman season, but returned for the ACC tournament. She went 4-1 during the tournament, leading the Hokies to the championship game. She struck out 21 batters in 12.2 innings against Florida State in the opening round. She set ACC Tournament records for innings pitched (39), total strikeouts (62) and strikeouts in a seven inning game (16 vs. UVA).

Tincher also threw a no-hitter in Techís ACC opener against Virginia in 2006. She struck out 18 batters in the process.

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Taylor Narrows List

May 12, 2006
One of the top quarterbacks in the country has narrowed his list to five schools. Hampton's Tyrod Taylor, a 6-1 1/2, 200-pound standout signal caller, has released the names of his five schools and plans on making a decision before the start of his senior season. So which schools made the cut?

Recruiting Classes of the Past: 1987
May 11, 2006
The class of 1987 was Frank Beamer's first recruiting class at Virginia Tech. It was his first opportunity to make an impact on Virginia Tech football, and for the most part he was pretty successful with his first recruiting class. The Hokies only signed 17 players that year because of the coaching staff changeover, but they made up for the lack of quantity with quality.

Powell a Top Defensive Tackle Target
May 11, 2006
Boasting over 30 official scholarship offers, Hertford County (Ahoskie, N.C.) defensive tackle recruit Tydreke Powell has established himself as one of the top prospects in the East if not the country. The 6-3, 285-pound prospect discusses his recruitment including which schools, if any, he knows will be in contention for his signature for a long time.

Virginia Tech and Nebraska To Meet On The Gridiron
May 11, 2006
On Thursday afternoon the Virginia Tech Athletics Department announced that they have entered into a two-game football series with the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Hokies will travel to Lincoln in 2008, and Nebraska will play in Blacksburg in 2009.

Tincher Racks Up ACC Awards
May 11, 2006
Itís been a big week for Virginia Tech sophomore softball player Angela Tincher. She has been named one of 10 finalists for ASA USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, and she was also named ACC Player of the Year and ACC Pitcher of the Year in a banquet on Wednesday night.

Football Recruiting Target Board: Defense
May 11, 2006
With Virginia Tech's recruiting objectives defined and the May evaluation period in process, VT's recruiting target board is taking shape. By June, the initial list of players that the Hokie coaches will pursue at each position should be completely set. We take an early look at figuring out Virginia Tech's major recruiting targets. Today in part two, we'll take a look at the defense.

Elan Lewis Receives Good News on Knee
May 10, 2006
The Virginia Tech football team received some much needed good news on Tuesday evening. For the past month the coaching staff, trainers and doctors have been worried that tailback Elan Lewis' career would have to wait another year to get started because of a torn ACL. In somewhat surprising news, head trainer Mike Goforth announced yesterday that Lewis' knee was not as significantly damaged as originally thought, and that he should be ready to play by the time practice begins in August.

Football Recruiting Target Board: Offense
May 10, 2006
With Virginia Tech's recruiting objectives defined and the May evaluation period in process, VT's recruiting target board is taking shape. By June, the initial list of players that the Hokie coaches will pursue at each position should be completely set. We take an early look at figuring out Virginia Tech's major recruiting targets. First up: the offense, led by quarterback prospect (and possible five-star recruit) Tyrod Taylor out of Hampton.

Interest Picking Up for Clear Brothers
May 10, 2006
Georgia, North Carolina, N.C. State, Syracuse and Virginia Tech coaches have stopped by Jamestown High School (Williamsburg, VA) during the evaluation period for a closer look at 6-4, 205-pound WR Brandon Clear and his brother Byron, who is a 6-5, 205-pound prospect. Both Clear brothers impressed at the Army All-American Junior combine as well as the combine in Durham and both feel the recruiting process is really just beginning to heat up.

Top Target: Howard DL/OL Devon Still
May 9, 2006
Coaches from Auburn, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech were in Howard School of Technology (Wilmington, DE) yesterday, all to recruit 6-5 1/2, 251-pound defensive/offensive lineman recruit Devon Still. Still is up to over 20 official scholarship offers and Howard head coach Dan Ritter says ďthe list grows everyday.Ē

Frazier's Recruitment Heating Up
May 9, 2006
Gar-Field (Woodbridge, VA) star Savion Frazier picked up his first official scholarship offer several weeks ago from the University of Tennessee. Since then, Marshall and Virginia Tech have joined in officially and Duke and Louisville have expressed to Gar-Field head coach Joe Mangano that offers are on the way. Frazier continued his momentum with a solid performance at last Saturdayís Penn State Nike Camp and now at least one other school is showing serious interest.

VT Recruits in Southern Invitational
May 8, 2006
As always, the Boo Williams squad was one of the most talented teams in the Southern Invitational field and, although they fell to eventual champ Chicago Jaguars in the semifinals, they promise to be a force in the AAU tourneys to come. Virginia Tech is targeting a handful of recruits from the Boo Williams team, including a top guard and several power forwards. 2007 commitment Augustus Gilchrist played in the event as well.

Tech Hoops Recruits Moving Up the Charts
May 5, 2006
As we rapidly approach the summer months, final player rankings for the hoops class of 2006 are starting to come in, and Virginia Tech's signees have some very impressive marks. At this point it appears that Seth Greenberg has signed the highest-rated recruiting class in school history, and the stock of some players is still going up. released their latest batch of rankings last month, and did the same at the beginning of May. Using those rankings, and that of the ACC Area Sports Journal, here is an updated look at each of Tech's new players.
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