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Published on Friday, May 3, 2019

Nolan sets school home run record

Tuesday was a record setting day for Caitlyn Nolan.  The Virginia Tech senior softball shortstop blasted two home runs to set the school single-season home run record with 18.
Nolan, a former Marlboro County High standout, is a Bennettsville native.  She is the daughter of Ernie and Anita Nolan.
After wrapping up ACC action this past weekend, the No. 24 Hokies stayed hot, getting a doubleheader sweep over Longwood University at Tech Softball Park by winning game 1, 6-0, and game 2, 8-5.
Nolan stole the show, hitting a home run in each contest to set the school record with 18 homers in a season. The senior passed Kelsey Mericka’s mark of 17 blasts set in 2015.
“Well, I figured out probably two weeks ago what the record was,” Nolan said. “You hear 17 home runs and it seems like a faraway number. But I actually played with Kelsey Mericka and knew what kind of hitter she was. So, to be able to break that is insane. It’s awesome and truly surreal,” said Nolan.
Pitcher Carrie Eberle (25-5) also had her A-game, shutting out the Lancers (34-18, 20-4 Big South) in Game 1 with a three-hitter. It was her ninth shutout of the season, tied for the 10th-most in the nation. Pitcher Keely Rochard (20-3) turned in another quality start, getting seven strikeouts while surrendering five hits and three earned runs in the second game.
With the win, the Hokies (45-8, 20-4 ACC) picked up their 45th win of the season, the fourth-most victory in school history. 
They finish the regular season with a double header against Western Carolina on Saturday.  Both games can be watched on the Watch ESPN app.
The Hokies will play in the ACC tournament starting next Wednesday.

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