Second-seeded NC State will face top-seeded Florida State on Saturday at 6 p.m. for the ACC Softball Championship. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.
Junior Scout Albertson and freshman Hanna Sommer both have two home runs and seniors Bethaney Wells and Caitlin Dent and junior Kirsty Grant each add one apiece. The Pack's ACC-leading 71 homers this season surpasses the previous school record of 66.
As a Sophomore (2005): Improved her numbers in nearly every pitching category ... Posted a 1.68 ERA, fifth in the ACC, and ranked in the top-10 in strikeouts, shutouts and opponents batting average as well ... Won 12 games, had four shutouts and her first career save ... Fanned 157 batters and allowed opponents to hit just .208 against her ... The NC State career leader in walks drawn at the plate, she has 46 free passes despite ranking just sixth in games played over the last two seasons ... Ranks fifth in school history with six home runs, she had two in 2005 ... Career fielding percentage of .977 with stints at pitcher and first base ... ACC Honor Holl selection for the second straight season.
As a Freshman (2004): As a pitcher, started 28 of 30 appearances, compiling a 10-13 record ... Posted back-to-back no-hitters against Binghamton (3/28/04) and Campbell (4/1/04), combining for 21 strikeouts and only five walks ... Won eight of 10 decisions late in the year ... Double-digit strikeouts in a game three times ... Struck out 188 batters in 185 innings ... Pitched 16 complete games with three shutouts ... Overall, started 57 of 59 games, just one of three players to play in every game ... Hit two home runs and collected four RBIs against Eastern Illinois (3/13/04), both team season highs ... Notched 36 hits and 11 runs while leading the team in walks with 23 ... Third on the team in home runs with four and in RBIs with 24 ... Committed just four errors to go along with 72 assists and 148 putouts, leading to a .982 fielding percentage, best among infielders ... Named to the ACC Honor Roll.
High School: Lettered all four years in softball, spent two years as captain ... Pitcher for the Titans of Hopewell HS as she garnered the 2003 North Carolina Gatorade Softball Player of the Year honor ... After leading her team to its second straight 4-A state title, she shared the MVP title with her twin sister Miranda (catcher), becoming just the second player to garner back-to-back MVP honors ... Allowed just six hits in 48 innings pitched and recorded 82 K's with two no-hitters ... Pitched back-to-back no-hitters in the semifinal and final games ... Collected five no-hitters before playoffs began ... At times pitched in excess of 66 mph, which was third among former and current high school players in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia ... Finished with a senior record of 27-4 ... As a junior compiled a record of 22-1 ... Team MVP in 2002 and 2003 ... Louisville Slugger High School All-American as a junior ... Four-time All-MECA 8 Conference honoree and three-time conference Player of the Year ... Four-time All-Mecklenburg County, including two first-team selections and two-time Player of the Year ... Two-time All-Charlotte Observer Player of the Year ... Two-time first-team all-state and all-state Player of the Year ... Team MVP ... Team Sports Magazine All-American ... Ihigh.com 4-A Miss Softball in North Carolina ... Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd in 2003 ... 2003 Hopewell HS Athlete of the Year ... National Honor Society ... Four-time honor-roll member.
Personal: Born July 26, 1985 ... Parents are Johnny Ervin and Johnny and Cathy Prince ... Has three brothers, Chris Prince, Darren and Daniel Ervin and three sisters, Crystal, Madison and twin sister Miranda, who is on the team as a catcher ... Majoring in parks, recreation and tourism management with a concentration in sports management.