Pack Softball Shuts Out IPFW, Albany at Citrus Classic
Feb. 23, 2014
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The NC State softball team picked up a pair of shutout wins against IPFW and Albany to conclude play in the Citrus Classic Sunday afternoon. The Wolfpack defeated IPFW, 5-0, and won a 2-0 decision versus Albany.
“It’s good to get two wins,” said head coach Shawn Rychcik. “Emily (Weiman) had a good day in the circle. The heat tired her out a little in the second game, but she kept battling and making the key pitch when she needed to, so I thought it was a pretty gusty performance by her.”
In the first contest of the day, the Pack scored five runs on eight hits against the IPFW Mastodons, which received votes in the most recent NFCA Coaches Poll. State hit two home runs in the game, as sophomore Hanna Sommer and junior Renada Davis each hit their first homer of the season.
Sommer led off the fourth inning for NC State with a solo shot over the left field fence to plate the first run of the game. Davis connected on a one out blast the following inning, putting the Wolfpack ahead 2-0. Her hit was the first of five consecutive hits for the Pack in the fifth inning.
Sophomore Lana Van Dyken followed Davis with a single to center, before freshman Molly Hutchison lined a single into left center moving Van Dyken over to third. Leah Jones, a senior from Stedman, N.C., singled up the middle scoring Van Dyken and Nadia Kemp, who pinch ran for Hutchison.
Sommer deposited a 1-0 delivery down the left field line for a double, advancing Jones to third base. Hannah Yeager drove in Jones from third on a fielder’s choice to cap a four-run inning for State.
“We put some runs on the board today and maybe left a few extra on base in the second game, but it’s good to get on a winning streak,” Rychcik added.
In the circle, junior Emily Weiman tossed a complete game shutout, striking out nine batters and only walked two. The Pasadena, Md., native struck out the side in the sixth, collecting two swinging strikeouts and one called third strike.
Davis and Sommer paced the squad at the plate in the contest each with two hits in four plate appearances, including a home run. Senior Kirsty Grant, Hutchison, Jones and Van Dyken also collected one hit apiece.
Against the Albany Great Danes, NC State struck early with two runs in the first inning, but were unable to plate another run during the game.
Van Dyken ignited the offense in the bottom of the first frame as she singled to right field and stole second two pitches later. Jones followed with a single to center and advanced to second base on the throw home attempting to get Van Dyken, who scored on the play. Kemp doubled to deep right center to plate Jones from second for the other run on the inning.
Davis led the Wolfpack at the plate versus the Great Danes, as she was 2-for-4 with two singles. Yeager singled in the fourth inning and Ross laced a 2-1 pitch through the middle for a hit in the sixth.
Weiman showed few signs of fatigue in the second contest of the day, as she kept the Albany hitters at bay and made a couple great pitches when she needed them to shut down the Great Danes’ offense. She finished the game with five strikeouts.
“Hopefully, we can open up at home and get things rolling again,” said Rychcik. “We’re getting better and that was the point of playing in this tournament.”
NC State will next be in action on Tuesday, Feb. 25 when it plays its first home game of the 2014 season against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m. at Dail Stadium.