State Softball Splits a Pair at Citrus Classic
Feb. 21, 2014
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The NC State softball team split a pair of games on the first day of action in the Citrus Classic held at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex Friday afternoon. The Wolfpack defeated the Lehigh Mountain Hawks in the second game of the day, 4-3, and dropped an 8-0 decision to No. 17 Georgia in the opener.
"I thought we bounced back in the second game against Lehigh, after a tough first game against Georgia," said head coach Shawn Rychcik. "We had much better at-bats in the second game and it showed on the scoreboard with 10 hits and four runs."
State used a big second inning to take a 3-0 lead against Lehigh, after the squad collected four consecutive hits. Freshman Tyler Ross slashed a single up the middle and junior Sara Lippard followed with a single advancing Ross to second. Hannah Yeager, a freshman from Los Gatos, Calif., drove in the first run of the game on a single through the middle, plating Ross from second.
Freshman Nadia Kemp smashed a double to deep left field that carried over the left fielder's head, scoring Lippard and Yeager on the play to push the score to 3-0.
The Wolfpack scored its fourth run of the game after Yeager reached on a fielder's choice in the top of the fourth and stole second. The freshman speedster stole third a few pitches later and crossed the plate following an errant throw by the catcher that carried into left field.
Lehigh plated all three of its runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, following back-to-back RBI singles.
Junior Emily Weiman had a great day in the circle for the Pack, pitching all seven innings and collecting 11 strikeouts. She struck out the side in the second and fourth innings.
"We have to come out tomorrow and play the way we did against Lehigh, if we want to have the same result," Rychcik added. "We're getting a lot of people on base and the more pressure we can put on the defense the better our chances are of scoring."
Against Georgia, the Wolfpack collected a pair of singles from Lippard and Renada Davis. The 17th-ranked Bulldogs scored one run in the first and six in the third, before ending the game in the bottom of the fifth by scoring the eighth run of the contest.
NC State will next be in action on Saturday, Feb. 22, when it takes the field at 3:30 p.m. against Albany. The Pack's second game of the day will be at 5:45 p.m. against Northern Illinois.