Softball Splits at the Citrus Classic
March 3, 2012
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - NC State softball split its games today in Kissimmee, Fla., falling to Penn State 5-3 but defeating Hofstra 6-2 in action at the Citrus Classic.
Morgan Peeler went the distance for State in the circle, notching her second complete game of the Citrus Classic. She surrendered two runs off of five hits in the contest.
NC State posted two runs in the bottom of the first, all with two outs. Williford got the action going by notching a single, and Renada Davis followed with a base knock of her own. The next batter, Wells, tagged a long single that plated both Williford and Davis to give State a first inning advantage.
Two runners reached base in the top of the second, but Peeler was able to work out of the jam and fan Hoftstra's Tori Rocha to end the frame.
Peeler pitched out of a jam again in the third, forcing Hofstra to leave the bases loaded and preserving the 2-0 Pack lead.
Wells knocked a two-out double in the third, but the Wolfpack offense was unable to push a run across and the score remained 2-0.
Peeler and the Pack defense retired the Pride in order in the fifth, thanks in part to an outstanding catch in foul territory by Kirsty Grant.
Williford and Caitlin Dent opened the bottom of the fifth inning with base hits, then Davis followed by drawing a walk to load the bases for Bethaney Wells. Wells also picked up a walk which plate Williford to give State a 3-0 lead with the bases remaining loaded with no outs. Later in the frame, Landon Warren notched a two-run single, which put the Wolfpack up 5-0. Scout Albertson rounded out State's scoring in the frame by lifting a sacrifice fly to plate Wells and increase the NC State lead to 6-0.
Hofstra posted two runs in the top of the sixth inning off of one hit and three walks.
In the top of the seventh inning,
In NC State's first game of the day, the Pack fell to Penn State 5-3.
Emily Weiman took the loss against the Nittany Lions. She surrendered eight hits and struck out two Penn State batters.
Penn State posted three singles in the bottom of the first inning and took a 1-0 lead.
Davis led off the second with a base hit and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Albertson. She advanced to third on the groundout by Landon Warren. The next batter, Leah Jones, was unable to drive her in and the score remained 1-0 in favor of Penn State.
The Nittany Lions plated two more runs in the second to increase their advantage to 3-0 over the Pack.