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Hokies the military and defeat the Seminoles
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Hokies the military and defeat the Seminoles

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It was a great night for Virginia Tech softball to recognize the armed forces on Friday as they defeated No. 21 FSU 11-5.

The game began with the first pitch being thrown by a Vietnam veteran in honor of Military Appreciation night, and there was no limit to the thanks.

Anyone with a military I.D. was in the running to get free Nike Hokie gear, and the team displayed their thanks with military fatigue print uniforms with Army, Marines, Air Force or Navy on the back.

The Highty Tighties and the Corps of Cadets Color Guard were also in attendance to perform the National Anthem and Present the colors.

The game was under way with some great throws from Jasmine Harrell. She went 4.1 innings allowing five runs from eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

Tech grabbed the lead scoring four runs in the first inning, but the Seminoles were not going to let that stand. They scored a run in the second inning, and had four more in the fifth to take the lead.

It was looking like and FSU win until a Seminole error in the sixth made for a change of pace for the Hokies.

Left fielder Kristin Austin dropped a fly ball, which allowed Dani Anderson to get to second base.

Bases were loaded by time pinch hitter Logan Spaw came up to the plate, and her single to right field brought 2 runners home giving Tech a 6-5 lead. 

In a later bases loaded situation freshman Kylie McGoldrick hit the first Tech triple of the year to center field to clear the bases.

Courtney Liddle brought it all home when she slammed a two-run home run to left field making it an 11-5 game.

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