Under first-year head coach Shawn Rychcik, the Wolfpack won the school's second ACC title, advanced to an NCAA Regional title game for the first time in school history and broke nearly 40 team and individual school records.
Tennessee scores its seven runs in the first four innings to eliminate the ACC champion Wolfpack and win the NCAA Knoxville Regional.
The ACC Pitcher of the Year and ACC Championship MVP has won 31 games this season for the Wolfpack, which faces James Madison on Friday at 3:30 p.m. in the NCAA Knoxville Region.
For the third time this season, NC State softball has swept both the ACC Player and Pitcher of the Week awards, with sophomores Renada Davis and Emily Weiman being honored for their efforts in the Pack's four wins over Elon and Boston College.
NC State softball has won nine straight games and has moved into second place in the ACC standings. Sophomore Renada Davis has moved into a tie for the NCAA lead with her 24th homer of the season and her first career grand slam. Sophomore pitcher Emily Weiman picked up her 28th win of the season, breaking Abbie Sims' single-season record of 27 from 2007.
As a Sophomore (2005): Named to the All-ACC first team and was a second team NFCA Southeastern All-Region selection ... Ranked 10th in the NCAA in strikeouts, averaging 10.5 per seven innings pitched ... Her 1.27 ERA was good for 33rd best in the NCAA ... Pitched three no-hitters on the season, including a six-inning perfect game against Central Connecticut State, the first perfect game in school history ... Struck out a school record 16 batters, fanning 16 of the 18 batters faced, including the last 13 of the game ... Tied her own school record for strikeouts with 16 against Florida State ... Led the ACC in opponents batting average at a .143 clip ... Ranked third in the ACC in ERA and fifth in wins, posting a 20-7 record ... Second in the ACC in strikeouts and fourth in shutouts with nine ... Second in conference games only with seven wins, she led the league in winning percentage against ACC foes with a .875 mark ... One of the top Wolfpack offensive threats, ranking second in doubles (nine) and RBIs (33) ... Second on the team with 16 extra base hits (nine doubles, one triple and six home runs) ... Ranked fifth in the ACC in home runs in conference play ... Hit two grand slams, a Wolfpack season and career record ... Hit her first grand slam of her career against Delaware St., driving in a team record tying five runs ... Second career grand slam came against North Carolina in the bottom of the sixth inning, propelling NC State to a thrilling 4-3 win in the clinching game of the series ... Has 513 career strikeouts, needing 33 more to rank 10th all-time in the ACC ... Two-time ACC Player of the Week (Mar. 21 and Apr. 18) ... Team MVP for the second straight season.
As a Freshman (2004): Made a team-best 34 appearances as a pitcher, starting 29 contests and pitching 26 complete games ... Struck out 248 batters while walking only 94 in 191 2/3 innings pitched ... Her 9.1 strikeouts per seven innings ranked 17th in the NCAA?Division I statistics, the highest finish for a freshman ... Tallied seven shutouts and compiled a 1.90 ERA, both team highs ... Held opponents to a .205 batting average, tops on the team ... Struck out eight or more batters in 67 percent of her games ... Finished the year ranked second in complete games (26), third in strikeouts and fifth in wins (20) and shutouts (7) in the ACC ... Went 18-2 after a 2-4 start, starting the season with an impressive 20-6 pitching mark and 1.57 ERA after 26 decisions ... Fourth in batting average (.290) and hits (51) on the team ... Led team in runs scored (21), was second in doubles (9), on-base percentage (.367) and walks (18) ... Had eight multiple-hit games, including four three hit games ... One of only two Wolfpack players to start all 59 games ... Named ACC Player of the Week and Technician Female Athlete of the Year ... Team Co-MVP.
High School: Lettered four years as a pitcher and outfielder with Artesia HS ... Finished her softball pitching career with an ERA of 0.60, allowed just 230 hits, 192 walks and recorded 835 K's in 550 innings ... In the box, she tallied 86 hits with 72 RBIs and 56 runs in 292 at-bats ... Four-time all-district for softball (1999-2003) ... Named team MVP her last three years ... Played with the 2003 New Mexico All-Stars and pitched five innings allowing no hits and had three doubles in the two games ... Was named first team All-District for volleyball and basketball in 2003 ... Member of the 2001 Albuquerque All-Star team ... Helped lead her team to a New Mexico 4-A state championship as a sophomore ... Team finished third in the state in 2002 ... Member of the National Honor Society ... New Mexico State University State Scholar in 1999-2003.
Personal: Born Oct. 15, 1984, as the daughter of Gary and Sara Sims ... Has one sister, Anna ... A business management major.