Pack Softball Falls In Second Game to Florida State, 11-1
March 9, 2013
Saturday, March 9
RALEIGH, N.C. - Florida State hit a trio of three-run home runs in the middle innings of Saturday's second game in NC State softball's ACC-opening doubleheader, taking an 11-1 victory in six innings to complete a two-game sweep at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Softball Stadium.
On the opening day of ACC play, the Wolfpack lost the first contest 4-0. All told, the Pack surrendered four three-run homers on the day.
In the second game, Seminole pitcher Lacey Waldrop took a no-hitter into the bottom of the sixth and final inning and quickly struck out the Pack's first two batters, upping her career-high total to 12.
But freshman Hanna Sommer drew the Pack's fourth walk of the game, and junior second baseman Chelsea Tate drove a double to the centerfield wall. It's the second time this season Tate has broken up a no-hitter in the fifth inning or later. She also did it with a single in the bottom of the fifth against Kansas in State's second game of the season.
"Chelsea has been swinging the bat well for us all season long," said first-year coach Shawn Rychcik. "She had another line drive up the middle that the pitcher made a nice play on earlier in the game.
"She has done a good job of making good swings and it keeps paying off for her."
The Pack scored its only run of the game immediately afterwards when senior Caitlin Dent hit a shot down the line towards left that was fielded by Seminole third baseman Courtney Senas, who made no play to home or first base, allowing Sommer to score.
Junior Scout Albertson ended the game with a long fly ball to the left-field warning track.
The Seminoles (16-8, 2-0) scored an unearned run in the first inning against starter Emily Weiman. In the opening game, the Seminoles also scored in the top of the first on a three-run homer by Kelly Hensley.
"We just have to get a better effort," Rychcik said. "We can't play from behind before we have our first at-bat."
The teams meet again on Sunday at noon in the series finale, a game that will be broadcast live on GoPack All-Access.
Celeste Gomez hit the first homer of the second game in the top of the third inning to give pitcher Lacey Waldrop a 3-0 lead. Courtney Senas added a three-run homer in the top of the fourth, her second long ball of the day against the Wolfpack pitching staff. She had a solo shot in the first game.
Kirstin Austin hit the Seminoles third three-run shot in the top of the sixth, giving Waldrop all the support she needed to finish the game in six innings.
Waldrop, who pitched a five-inning no-hitter last Sunday against Troy, struck out nine of the first 11 batters she faced.