BLACKSBURG, Va. – Sophomore Keely Rochard pitched a perfect game in Game 2 of a doubleheader versus No. 20/17 JMU, a No. 22/20 Virginia Tech softball 12-0 run-rule win in five innings, following a 3-1 setback in Game 1 at Tech Softball Park on Wednesday.
The masterful performance marked the seventh perfect game in school history and the first since 2012, when Jasmine Harrell did it in five innings on May 1 versus Liberty in a 9-0 win in Blacksburg. Of the seven, it was the first-ever versus a ranked opponent.
It also marked Rochard's (15-3) third time this season of not allowing a hit in a game (minimum 5.0 innings), joining her previous two no-hitters back in February.
Not only was there quite a performance in the circle, the Hokies (34-6, 13-2 ACC) got it done in the plate in the second game by outhitting the Dukes (28-7, 8-1 CAA) 11-0 behind catcher Lauren Duff's two home runs. Shortstop Caitlyn Nolan and outfielder Darby Trull also hit it over the fence, too.
The first game was a pitcher's duel, as both teams combined for only three hits through six innings of play. But costly errors in the top of the seventh by Tech matched with timely hitting by the Dukes propelled them to score three unanswered and come from behind to win.