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.
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.