Pack Softball Hits School-Record 7 HRs vs. North Carolina A&T
March 2, 2013
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RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State hit a school-record seven home runs, including two more by junior outfielder Scout Albertson and the first career grand slam by senior Caitlin Dent in a 20-0 win over North Carolina A&T on Saturday night at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Stadium.
Albertson, hitting in the number eight spot in the lineup, clubbed her first two home runs of the season earlier in the day against Kansas, a pair of solo shots in the 5-2 victory in which the Pack hit a total of four more homers. The junior from Trinity added a pair of two-run homers against the Aggies in the Pack's second game of the day.
On the day, Albertson was 4-for-7 with 7 RBIs.
In all, the Pack (10-5-1) had 11 home runs on the second day of the Wolfpack Challenge. In its three games this weekend, the Pack has outscored its competition 41-4.
"It was good to see us pick up right where we left off in the first game," said first-year coach Shawn Rychcik. "It was good to get that intensity going from the get-go. We didn't have a let down and got some runs on the board right away.
"We had some great individual efforts on the day, but the most important thing is that we got two wins for the team. It was a team effort, throughout the lineup."
Sophomore Renada Davis, junior Kirsty Grant, senior Katie Mansilla and junior Leah Jones all added to the home-run total in the five-inning game against the Aggies. The previous school record for homers was six against Boston College on April 7, 2007.
Davis, the 2012 ACC Freshman of the Year who also hit a solo shot against Kansas, has eight home runs to lead the league this season.
Albertson was the star of the day, with four tape-measure homers over the centerfield wall. One of them even landed on the infield of the track on the other side of the wall.
"We are swinging the bats well," Rychcik said. "It makes you a pretty tough team when your No. 8 hitter hits four home runs on the day."
Freshman left-handed pitcher Chelsea Stanfield (1-1) allowed only one hit on the night, an infield single in the third inning.
The Pack has won all three of its games so far in its own tournament. It will play the final game of the three-day event against Lafayette on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.