Pack Softball Takes 5-1 Loss Against Georgia State
Feb. 24, 2013
ATLANTA – NC State’s softball team suffered a 5-1 loss on Sunday to co-host Georgia State on the final day of action in the rain-altered Phyllis Rafter Memorial Tournament.
The Wolfpack (7-5-1) committed five errors in the game, including three in the Panther’s four-run fifth inning. All five of Georgia State’s runs were unearned, and all six runs the Pack gave up on the weekend were unearned.
“It was pretty disappointing to go through an entire weekend and not give up an earned run and still go 1-1-1,” said first-year head coach Shawn Rychcik. “What we need right now is some mental toughness and some leadership. I am anxious to see how we respond this week during practice, if we will rebound and play like we did the first two weekends or if we will continue to struggle.”
State’s lone run in Sunday’s second game came in the top of the seventh inning when sophomore shortstop Renada Davis hit her third home run of the weekend and her team-best sixth of the season, with a solo shot over the centerfield fence.
Davis, last year’s ACC Freshman of the Year, has already surpassed her inaugural season total of five home runs.
The Pack loaded the bases in the first inning, on a double by junior catcher Kirsty Grant and a pair of walks. But Georgia pitcher Katie Worley got out of the jam with a foul out to first base and a fly ball to right field, leaving three runners stranded.
The Panthers (6-6) took an early lead in the bottom of the first inning, on an unearned run caused by a two-out infield error by the Wolfpack.
They added four more in the fifth, scoring four runs on one hit and the Pack’s first three-error inning of the season.
Davis, Grant and outfielder Bethaney Wells had the Pack’s only three hits in the contest.
Sophomore right-hander Emily Weiman (7-4) took the loss for the Pack.
“Emily didn’t have her best weekend in the circle, but we should have been able to pick her up with our defense and our bats,” Rychcik said. “It was disappointing that we didn’t do that, because she has done such a great job for us so far this year.”
Earlier in the day, the Pack was held to two hits in a 0-0 tie against Northern Colorado, a game that was called midway through the eighth inning on a time limit agreed to by the coaches prior to the game to accommodate the Bears’ travel schedule.
The tournament was originally slated to be five games over three days, but Friday’s games were cancelled because of anticipated rain. The Pack beat Troy in its only game on Saturday, a 9-1 run-rule victory that featured four State home runs.
State returns to Raleigh for its first home action of the season when it hosts the five-team Wolfpack Challenge at Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Stadium next Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“Being home this weekend gives us an extra day of practice to try to get better," Rychcik said. "We have to be mentally stronger and make some adjustments,” Rychcik said. “I anticipate, with all this team has invested in the season, to see them bounce back and have a good showing.”
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