Pack Softball Belts 2 HRs, Tops Lafayette 10-0 in Wolfpack Challenge
March 3, 2013
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RALEIGH, N.C. – Sophomore Renada Davis hit her third home run in three games and NC State’s softball team rolled to its fourth victory of the weekend in the 2013 Wolfpack Challenge on Sunday afternoon at Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Stadium.
The Pack (11-5-1 overall) was a perfect 4-0 on the weekend to win its second tournament title of the season. It also won the championship of the FIU Panther Invitational in Miami to open the season on Feb. 8-10.
Junior Chelsea Tate hit her second homer of the season, a two-run shot over the centerfield wall in the top of the fifth inning, to wrap up an offensively explosive weekend for the Wolfpack, which hit 13 homers and scored 51 runs in its four games while allowing only three earned runs.
“We hit the ball well and we got hits when we needed to,” said first-year head coach Shawn Rychcik. “We did what we needed to in the three games against North Carolina A&T, Stony Brook and Lafayette, and had four home runs against Kansas.
“I was really pleased with our run production all weekend.”
Davis had seven hits in 12 at-bats and three home runs in the Pack’s four games in the Challenge, raising her season batting average more than 60 points to .276. She now has nine homers on the season to lead all ACC hitters.
Junior Scout Albertson, who had four homers on Saturday, added three more hits against the Leopards on Sunday, raising her team-leading average to .417 on the year. She had at least two hits in each of the Pack’s four games, finishing the weekend at 9-for-14 with nine RBIs.
Senior Bethaney Wells was the only other player in the lineup with multiple hits, with a pair of singles and a walk. But eight different players got at least one hit, including junior reserve Hayley Stowe, whose single up the middle in the fifth inning was the first hit of her career.
“Hitting is definitely contagious,” Rychcik said. “What we have preached about since we got here has been about driving through the ball instead of waving the bat at it.
“I feel like this weekend we were really doing that in almost every at bat. We were hitting line drives and had some balls that really went a long way.”
Sophomore pitcher Emily Weiman (10-4) allowed only one hit in four innings of work to pick up her 10th win of the season. She struck out seven batters and allowed only one walk in the 13 batters she faced.
Freshman Chelsea Stanfield threw for the second time in two days, pitching a perfect fifth inning. On the weekend, Stanfield pitched six innings, gave up two hits and struck out six without allowing a walk.
The Pack’s pitchers did not allow a home run all weekend and have allowed just two long balls all season while State’s offense has supported them with 27 homers.
The Wolfpack returns to action on Tuesday, when it hosts USC Upstate in a doubleheader at Dail Stadium. State will then open its ACC schedule by hosting Florida State in a double header on Saturday and a single game on Sunday. Admission is free for all spectators.
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