Softball Drops a Pair at Kajikawa Classic
Feb. 8, 2014
TEMPE, Ariz. - The NC State softball team dropped a pair of contests on Friday at the Kajikawa Classic, suffering a tough 1-0 loss against Fresno State in the first game of the day before falling to No. 8 Arizona State in the second game, 9-1.
Freshman Courtney Mirabella started in the circle against the Fresno State Bulldogs and pitched four scoreless innings before being replaced by junior Emily Weiman in the top of the fifth. Both pitchers were effective in the contest, combining to strike out six batters, while only walking two hitters.
The game proved to be a pitcher's duel as Fresno State's pitcher was able to match the success of the Wolfpack's pitching staff. In the top of the sixth inning, the Bulldogs' scored their lone run of the contest on an errant throw that skipped away from the first baseman and traveled to the right field corner allowing the hitter to scamper around the bases.
Against Arizona State, NC State jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning after Jones blasted her first home run of the season over the left field wall. The senior battled ASU's starting pitcher Dallas Escobedo to get the count to 3-2 before hitting the next pitch over the wall. The Sun Devils responded in the bottom of the frame with three runs after a pair of doubles and a single.
Arizona State tacked on a few more runs in the bottom of the third on a homer by Bethany Kemp, scoring Elizabeth Caporusio who singled prior to Kemp's at bat. The Sun Devils scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth and another in the fifth to end the game.
Molly Hutchison singled through the right side in the top of the fourth, but the Wolfpack's offense was unable to move her around.
Weiman started in the circle against the host Sun Devils and pitched three innings, retiring four hitters by strikeout. Mirabella relieved Weiman in the top of the fourth. Sophomore Chelsea Stanfield pitched the fifth inning for the Wolfpack.
NC State will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 8, when it concludes play in the Kajikawa Classic with a doubleheader against Boise State and No. 7 Oregon. The first game will begin at 5 p.m. EST, followed by the second contest at 7:30 p.m. EST.