The Virginia Tech softball team (37-13) started Super Regionals off with a bang the defeating defending champions UCLA Bruins (44-5) 7-2 in Game 1 of the Los Angeles Super Regional. The Hokies came out with a ton of confidence and handed UCLA only their second loss at home and their fifth on the season.
The Hokies came out firing on all cylinders with the offense looking impressive yet again. They got started with two runs in the first inning and never took their foot off the gas. Cameron Fagan led the team with three hits, one run, and two runs batted in. Kelsey Bennett also had two hits and two runs batted in. Going into the fifth inning, the Hokies were already up with a 6-0 lead.
In total, Tech had 11 hits for seven runs which are tied for the most runs that UCLA has allowed all season. Their 11 hits are the most that UCLA pitcher Rachel Garcia has allowed this season. It was Garcia’s first loss moving her to a 16-1 record.
Keely Rochard, once again, led the Hokies with a terrific game. The ACC Pitcher of the Year had 12 strikeouts through the whole game, six of which came in the first two innings. She pitched a perfect game through five innings; only allowing three hits and two runs through seven innings.
The Hokies are now just one win away from going to the College World Series for just the second time in program history. Virginia Tech softball has all the momentum swinging in their favor after the big win in game 1. Game 2 is on Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET and can be watched on ESPN2.