Bkaye Smith’s single in the bottom of the 13th scored Amanda Ake to put the Hokies (27-20) into Sunday’s championship round against host Kentucky.
The duel at John Cropp Stadium last nearly four hours and saw a combined 402 pitches from the two hurlers, the Hokies’ Jasmin Harrell and the Herd’s Andi Williamson.
Harrell broke the school record for innings pitched, going all 13 in the victory. The previous record was 12 2-3 set by Angela Tincher against Florida State in Virginia Tech’s 3-2, 14-inning win over Florida State in the opening round of the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Harrell (18-8) scattered 13 hits but set a new career high with 13 strikeouts. She threw 186 pitches — 121 of them for strikes — and walked six, but didn’t allow a run after the fifth inning.
Williamson was equally as impressive, going 12 2-3 innings with nine strikeouts. She threw 216 pitches right after tossing a complete game against Notre Dame to get to the nightcap.
Virginia Tech must win twice to advance to the Super Regional. Sunday’s first game begins at 1 p.m.