Weiman, Pack Softball Pick Up Second Win Over Host FIU
Feb. 9, 2013
MIAMI – NC State’s softball team exploded for six runs in the top half of the first inning and cruised an 11-3, five-inning victory in its second game of the day against host Florida International in Saturday's first semifinal at the Panther Invitational.
Weiman, for the second time in her career, came back to pitch the second game of the doubleheader to improve to 3-0 on the season. Last year, on Feb. 18, she lost 4-0 to Tulsa and 1-0 to No. 15 Texas A&M while pitching on the same day.
Saturday, she pitched strong from start to finish, striking out four in the first game and six in the second. She issued her first three walks of the season in the second contest, but all were after the Wolfpack offense have her a huge cushion to work with.
Senior left fielder Bethaney Wells, who has led the team in homers the last two seasons, gave the Wolfpack its lead with her first home run of the season, a three-run shot over the leftfield wall following a lead-off double by Renada Davis and a bunt single by Lana Van Dyken.
The Pack (3-1) sent 12 batters to the plate in the first inning, scoring a total of six runs before the Panthers had a turn at bat.
“It’s nice to put a six-spot on the board that early in the game,” said first-year coach Shawn Rychcik. “It took all the pressure off of Emily. What I liked was that we had good quality at-bats all through the lineup.”
Wells had two hits and four RBIs, and just missed a second three-run home in the first inning. Her fly ball to right field with two on was caught on the warning track.
Senior centerfielder Caitlin Dent got her first three hits of the season, driving in a run, as part of the team’s 14-hit effort against three FIU pitchers. She, Wells, Davis and Van Dyken all had multiple hits for the Pack.
“That was a pretty good offensive performance,” Rychcik said. “It’s good to have the versatility to win a game 1-0 and then come back with an 11-3 win. It shows that we are not just one-dimensional.
“Sometimes you have to show that you can win the close games and win with some big numbers.”
The win advanced the Pack to the Panther Invitational title game on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. against Kansas, a 5-2 winner over Georgetown in Saturday night's second semifnal.
State beat Georgetown 5-1 in its season opener on Friday and lost to the Jayhawks 8-0 in its second game.