Va Tech tops Michigan to reach College World Series

ANN ARBOR, Mich.: The last time Angela Tincher visited Oklahoma City, she didn't allow a hit against the U.S. Olympic softball team.

The Virginia Tech senior won her team a return trip to Oklahoma City on Sunday, pitching two complete-game three-hitters against Michigan to put the Hokies in their first College World Series.

Virginia Tech (49-17) lost 1-0 in Saturday's opener of the best-of-3 series but came back with two wins Sunday. Tincher struck out 15 in a 1-0 win in the day's opening game, then held the No. 6 Wolverines (52-8) to one run in a 6-1 win in the nightcap.

"It's incredible — I just feel like the last couple of weeks we have played so well as a team," said Tincher, who struck out five and retired the final seven hitters she faced. The World Series berth "just means a lot to me."

Michigan was seeking to advance to the World Series for the first time since winning the national championship in 2005.

Virginia Tech will face Texas A&M in the College World Series, which begins Thursday in Oklahoma City. The Aggies swept Stanford to advance.

UCLA also will play in Oklahoma after beating Georgia on Sunday. The Bruins will meet Arizona. In the other World Series matchups, Louisiana-Lafayette will play Florida and Arizona State will meet Alabama.

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