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.
Freshman Hanna Sommer hit a solo home run in the fifth and Kirsty Grant and Renada Davis had back-to-back doubles in the seventh to give sophomore pitcher Emily Weiman her 33rd win of the season. The Pack will now play No. 5 Tennessee in the first of two possible games Sunday afternoon for the NCAA Knoxville Regional championship.
Sophomore pitcher Emily Weiman goes the distance in the longest postseason game in both NC State and Tennessee history. An 11th-inning, run-scoring triple ended the classic pitcher's duel between Weiman and Tennessee's Ellen Renfroe. The Pack played a second game later Saturday night.
The senior left fielder smacked her eighth homer of the season in the bottom of the sixth, leading NC State to its first win ever in the first game of an NCAA Regional, a 2-0 victory over James Madison in the NCAA Knoxville Regional. Sophomore righthander Emily Weiman picked up the complete-game win.
The ACC-champion Wolfpack (33-18-1) will face James Madison on Friday in the opening round of the four-team regional.
2013 FIRST TEAM ALL-ACC
2013:Named First-team All-ACC ... Started all 56 games at shortstop ... Led the team in hitting with a .305 batting average and a conference-best .768 slugging percentage ... Broke the school record (14) and finished third in the nation with 26 home runs ... Her 26 home runs led the conference and topped the next highest total by nine ... Recorded five multi-home run games ... Collected 58 hits on the season, the best total on the team and tied for eighth-most in the conference ... Had a 12 game hit streak during the season, breaking the previous program record of 11 set by Jen Chamberlain in 2007 ... Also paced the squad in RBIs with 51, fifth-best in the ACC ... Scored 50 runs, the second-highest total in school history ... Garnered ACC Player of the Week honors on April 29, after the games against Elon and Boston College ... She went 10-for-15 at the plate in those games with 10 RBIs and four homers, including a grand slam ... Had a season-best five RBIs in the contests against Boston College and Virginia
2012: Named ACC Freshman of the Year after a record-setting offensive season as the Wolfpack's starting shortstop ... Started all 53 contests that she played ... Set a single-season school record with a .362 batting average and a school-record .450 on-base percentage ... Easily led the team with 55 hits on the season ... Finished second in the ACC batting race to Maryland senior Kathy McLaughlin ... Was sixth in the ACC in assists, eighth in hits and ninth in on-base percentage ... Second on the team with five stolen bases ... Tied for second on the team with Bethaney Wells with eight doubles on the year, one behind senior Landon Warren ... Was also second on the team with 24 walks on the season ... Had 14 multi-hit games and a career-high three hits against Boston College and in back-to-back games against Virginia ... Had two seven-game hitting streaks, which tied with Bethaney Wells for the longest of the season ... Drove in a career-high six runs in a 2-for-2 outing against N.C. Central, including the first home run of her collegiate career ... Also had four RBIs in the second game of a double-header against Virginia
Prep: Lettered four years at Tomball High School for head coach Benita Dunlavy ... Batted .548 with 23 doubles, eight triples, 10 home runs, all while scoring 60 runs and only fanning six times as a senior in 2011 ... Piled up honors her senior campaign, including being named MaxPreps.com first-team All-American, ESPN RISE first-team softball All-American, Texas Sportswriters Association 5A all-state first-team and Greater Houston Offensive Player of the Year ... Notched 26 RBIs and 18 stolen bases in her junior season at Tomball ... Named District 16-5A Newcomer of the Year as a freshman in 2008 ... Three-time District 13-5A first-team honoree ... Garnered District 13-5A MVP honors as a junior ... In 2010, was named Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 5A all-state first team ... Garnered Texas Sports Writers Association all-state honorable mention honors as a junior ... Completed an unassisted triple play to clinch a state playoff game as a sophomore ... Competed for the Texas Peppers in travel ball.