Pack Softball Falls 2-0 in Pitchers' Duel
March 10, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State’s softball team lost a tough pitchers’ duel on Sunday in the final game of its ACC-opening series against Florida State at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Stadium, as the Seminoles’ Lacey Waldrop topped Wolfpack’s Emily Weiman, 2-0, in a battle of sophomore pitchers.
The pair combined for 18 strikeouts on the day, with Waldrop fanning 10 and Weiman eight.
“I thought our pitching bounced back today and gave us a chance to win the game,” said first-year coach Shawn Rychcik. “We were always within one swing of being in the game.
“Florida State has one of the best pitching staffs in the conference and they showed it these three games. I thought we would have a better effort at the plate, but their pitchers were sharp all weekend.”
The Seminoles (17-8 overall, 3-0 ACC) picked up its runs on a solo home run by shortstop Maddie O’Brien in the second inning a single run in the third, when Florida State’s Courtney Senas slid in under the tag at the plate on a single to centerfield.
But a pair of hard-hit balls to O’Brien at shortstop ended the inning, leaving the runners stranded. Waldrop struck out the next five batters she faced before giving up a double to Grant. She then retired nine Pack hitters in a row.
Weiman, after taking the losses in Saturday’s doubleheader, bounced back on Sunday with a strong performance, allowing only three hits in seven innings. She had three walks to go along with her eight strikeouts.
“I thought Emily did a nice job, seeing their lineup for the third consecutive day,” Rychcik said.
The Pack will head to Fullerton, Calif., later this week for the Judy Garmin Classic, where it will face DePaul on Thursday at 9:30 p.m. EDT. The Pack will also play top-ranked Oklahoma, No. 10 Texas and No. 14 Michigan during the four-day tournament, as well as Pacific.
“We will see some really good teams out there,” Rychcik said. “But that’s the way you get better, to play against good teams and see how you stack up.”