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.
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.
2014: Appeared in 52 of the squad's 54 games, starting 50 contests at first base or in the designated player spot ... Compiled a batting average of .239 on the season with 32 hits ... Hit five home runs ... Also had five multi-hit games and four multi-RBI contests ... Had a season-high four RBI in the first game of the doubleheader against East Carolina ... Notched a five-game hitting streak during the year and reached base safely in nine consecutive games ... Recorded a slugging percentage of .381 and an on-base percentage of .325
2013: Started all 55 games she played in as a freshman ... Batted .297, the second-highest average on the team, with a .561 slugging percentage in 155 at-bats ... Hit 11 home runs, the fourth-best total on the team and third-most by a freshman in program history ... Blasted a grand slam in the win against Boston College ... Notched a multi-home run game against Boston College ... Ranked third on the team with 46 hits and ranked second on the team with a .399 on-base percentage ... Tallied three hits in a game on two occasions, against Charlotte and Boston College ... Had a season-high four RBIs against Boston College ... Walked 23 times and scored 27 runs
Prep: A four-year starter for coach Pepe Vazquez at Tustin (Calif.) High School ... As a senior, hit .643 with five home runs and 24 RBIs as a senior ... Ranked the No. 37 overall recruit and No. 2 first base recruit by ESPN ... Had a four-game stretch in which she went 10-for-12 with four home runs and 18 RBIs ... As a junior, hit .527 with four home runs ... In sophomore season, hit .556 with six home runs ... Daughter of Kay and Dore Sommer ... One sibling, Dillon Sommer