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.
Tennessee scores its seven runs in the first four innings to eliminate the ACC champion Wolfpack and win the NCAA Knoxville Regional.
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.
2013 ACC PITCHER OF THE YEAR
2013:Named ACC Pitcher of the Year, the first Wolfpack softball player to receive the honor ... Tabbed First Team All-ACC ... Collected ACC Player of the Week honors five times during the season ... Led the conference in wins (33), innings pitched (323.1), appearances (54) and games started (52) ... Also tallied the conference's second-best strikeout total with 271 ... Her wins total, appearances, games started, innings pitched and complete games (42) were all school records ... The 271 strikeouts are the third-best in program history ... Posted the third-best earned run average (ERA) in the conference at 1.97 ... Recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts against Boston College ... Tallied three double digit strikeout games ... Threw the first no-hitter of her career against Charlotte April 3 ... Notched eight strikeouts in that contest and only one base runner who reached base after a walk ... Pitched complete game shutouts in the ACC Championship against Virginia and Florida State ... Named the ACC Championships MVP after collecting all three of the Wolfpack's wins in the circle ... Also selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division I All-Southeast Region Second Team ... Garnered Capital One Academic All-District honors for exemplary scholastic average ... Named to the All-ACC Academic Team and ACC Honor Roll
2012: Led the Wolfpack in appearances, wins, innings pitched, earned run average and strikeouts during inaugural collegiate campaign ... Posted a 14-18 record and a 2.65 ERA in 38 appearances ... Had a team-high 210 strikeouts in 208 1/3 innings, both of which rank in the top-five in Wolfpack single-season totals ... Pitched a five-inning shutout against Kent State (8-0) and a seven-inning shutout (3-0) over Campbell ... Did not have an at-bat during the season ... Was one of three Wolfpack players named to the All-ACC Academic softball squad, recognizing a 3.0 grade point average or higher last semester and her overall 3.0 GPA or higher
Prep: Put together an outstanding career at Archbishop Spalding ... Garnered numerous honors, including Baltimore Sun All-Metro Player of the Year, Washington Post All-Metro first team and ESPN RISE/Gatorade Maryland Player of the Year Finalist ... Compiled a 17-3 record with a 0.15 ERA in 2010 ... Surrendered only three earned runs in 136.1 innings pitched as a junior ... Struck out 305 opponents in 2010 ... Helped lead Archbishop Spalding to a 2010 IAAM conference title ... Threw six no-hitters and two perfect games throughout her high school career ... Played on the travel ball circuit for the Riviera Beach Spirit Gold ... Was active in the National Honor Society and various community service organizations