April 19, 2012
PETERSBURG, Va. -- Jessica Mattia won the game with her arm - and her bat.
Mattia, the league-leader in strikeouts, hurled a 1-hit shutout and drove in the game's only run as Virginia State (18-17) clipped Fayetteville State (10-36) 1-0 in an opening round game at the CIAA Softball Tournament.
Mattia, the No. 9 batter, singled up the middle with two outs in the top of the seventh inning to break a scoreless tie, then retired Sencerae Locklear with a runner on second base to close out the victory.
Mattia (18-15) struck out 11 and faced just three batters over the minimum. She retired the first 10 batters in order to start the game before Maya Washington singled.
Tia Caldwell (5-9) took the hard luck loss, scattering seven hits while fanning six.
Dominique Johnson and Mattia each had two hits for Virginia State, which advanced to play Chowan in the next round.
Fayetteville State fell to the loser's bracket to face Johnson C. Smith.