Pack Softball Records First Tie in School History
Feb. 24, 2013
ATLANTA – NC State’s softball team finished in an unusual 0-0 tie against Northern Colorado on Sunday, thanks to a pregame agreement to end the game at 2 p.m. to accommodate the Bears’ travel schedule.
It’s the first recorded tie in the NC State’s 10-year fast-pitch softball history.
The game, which started 30 minutes behind schedule in the rain-altered Phyllis Rafter Memorial Tournament, moved quickly for the first seven innings, as the Wolfpack (7-4-1) garnered just two hits and Northern Colorado had three. Both teams had potential go-ahead runs negated at the plate.
For the Pack, junior Chelsea Tate doubled with one out in the fifth inning, but was thrown out at home trying to score on an error by Northern Colorado’s second baseman on a grounder by Katie Mansilla.
Northern Colorado put runners in scoring position in the third, fourth and seventh innings, but sophomore pitcher Emily Weiman had strong defensive support behind her and managed to get out of all three jams.
Mansilla made a tough defensive play in the fourth, picking up a shot that was deflected off Weiman’s glove and flipping it to shortstop Renada Davis for the first out of the inning. Third baseman Lana Van Dyken ended the inning with a double play on a grounder to third base.
In the seventh, with runners on first and second and one out, Van Dyken made another good defensive play for the second out and Weiman struck out the next batter looking.
With the clock ticking down to 2 p.m., Northern Colorado started the top of the eighth with a runner on second base, per tournament rules, followed by a walk. A sacrifice bunt moved the two runners to second and third, but runner Nicole Hudson took too much of a lead off third base and was thrown out by Wolfpack catcher Kirsty Grant for the inning’s second out. Davis picked up a grounder and threw to first for the final out of the inning.
In the bottom of the eighth, which started two minutes before 2, Northern Colorado intentionally walked Leah Jones to put runners on first and second, but the game was called before Mansilla got her at-bat.
The Pack played a second game against co-host Georgia State at 2:30 p.m.