Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Team USA loses to #24 Virginia Tech

Well I certainly didn't see this coming... Team USA lost their first softball game of their Bound for Beijing Tour tonight, by a score of 1-0. Virginia Tech's starting pitcher, Angela Tincher, threw a no-hitter versus softball's Dream Team. You read that right. Tincher threw a no-hitter against the best softball team in the world. That's quite a way to back up your performance from last week. On Tuesday, Tincher pulled in USA Softball National Player of the Week honors. I'd say this caps that.

Virginia Tech came into the game
with a 24-9 regular season record. If you expected a team to knock off the national team, you'd expect it to be an Arizona, Alabama, or some other highly ranked team. Virginia Tech just opened a lot of eyes tonight.

For what it's worth, Tincher is one of the best pitchers in the country, if not the best. She currently has a 0.49 ERA with 282 K in 138.1 IP. Those are some scary good numbers. If Virginia Tech could hit, they'd be a legitimate threat in postseason play. As a team, they're hitting just .244 with 6 HR through 32 games. That won't cut it, regardless of how good Tincher is.

When Alabama's players hear this, I'd imagine they'd be chomping at the bit for their April 15 game with Team USA.

Congratulations to Virginia Tech. That's quite an accomplishment. I'll be interested to see if this propels the Hokies to a deep postseason run.

UPDATE: has a story up on their front page about the game. Some fun facts from the game according to the article... the loss for Team USA ended a 185 game win streak in pre-Olympic exhibitions. During that span, Team USA outscored opponents 1, 475-24. The lone run didn't put much of a damper on that mark, did it?


Tammy said...

Wake-up call for Team USA!!

Congratulations Virginia Tech.

Roy Fechner said...

I watched Tincher pitch on TV last year. Her pitches have some excellent movement and is extremely under rated, but was Team USA using their lead ponies or are they still weeding out the last few players.

Roy Fechner

Nic Hoch said...

Their roster is nearly set... make no mistake, Tincher beat the best team in the world.

By the way, the only player to reach base for Team USA to break up the perfect game was Alabama alum Kelly Kretschman.

Roy Fechner said...

I just looked at Tincher's stats, WOW!!! The replay will be on ESPN 0n May 6th @ 7PM, I guess Eastern Time.

Roy Fechner