Bkaye Smith's two-out, run-scoring single in the bottom of the 13th inning sent Virginia Tech past Marshall 3-2 in an elimination game of the NCAA Division II Lexington Regional softball tournament Saturday night in Lexington, Ky.Earlier Saturday, Andi Williamson scattered six hits and didn't yield any earned runs and struck out six as the Thundering Herd extended its season with a 3-1 win over Notre Dame.Virginia Tech (37-20) advances to today's championship round against No. 12 Kentucky (40-18), which has yet to lose in the regional. Marshall (36-22) advanced to the regional after winning its first Conference USA tournament.Williamson retired the first two batters for Virginia Tech in the bottom of the 13th, but Amanda Ake doubled and took third on an error by Marshall center fielder Ashley Gue. Smith then sent the 2-0 pitch down the left-field line for the winning hit.
Marshall's Bri Anna Hope and Kaelynn Greene (3 for 7) led off the top of the 13th with infield singles then Gue (3 for 6) coaxed a walk to load the bases with none out. Hokies pitcher Jasmin Harrrell, though, worked out of the jam, getting the next three batters out on two fly balls sandwiched around a strikeout. Harrell surrendered just one earned run on 13 hits in 13 innings with 13 strikeouts and six walks.Williamson, a former Chapmanville High School standout, gave up two earned runs on 14 hits in 192/3 innings with 15 strikeouts and four walks in the two games. Alexandra Bayne drove in both runs for Marshall against the Hokies.Marshall's Williamson and Gue earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association Mideast All-Region second-team honors.
Williamson turned in a 29-16 record with a 2.16 earned run average with six shutouts and one save. She struck out 332 in 275 innings while holding her opponents to a .194 batting average. Gue carries a .345 batting average, a .428 on-base percentage and 32 stolen bases.nn
MU GOLF: Marshall senior Nathan Kerns finished the final round of his college career, shooting an even-par 71 to tie for 22nd place Saturday at the NCAA Columbus Regional at Ohio State's Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio. Kerns finished the championship with a total score of 8-over-par 221.nn
WVU ROWING: The WVU rowing team's spring season came to a close Saturday after it placed sixth in the Conference USA Rowing Championships at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn.Following the championship, the C-USA all-conference team was announced, with Courtney Schrand as the lone WVU representative.nn
WVU FAN CLUB: West Virginia University cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell will be the guest speaker at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Kanawha County WVU Fan Club meeting at Harding's Restaurant, which is located off Interstate 79, Exit 1.
WJU GOLF: Wheeling Jesuit freshman Kasey Frazier finished tied for 23rd at the NCAA Division II women's golf championships after shooting a 9-over-par 81 Saturday at Daytona Beach, Fla.