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    Softball Drops a Pair to No. 10 Florida State
     
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    March 15, 2014

    Box Score (Game One)Box Score (Game Two)

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The NC State softball team dropped a pair of contests to the 10th-ranked Florida State Seminoles Saturday evening at JoAnne Graf Field. The Wolfpack falls to 15-8 overall and 6-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) while Florida State improves to 24-4 and 5-2 in the ACC.

    The loss snapped a 14-game winning streak for NC State.

    Note: Sunday's game has been changed to a 10 a.m. start due to inclement weather later in the day.

    Game One – FSU 4, NCST 1
    Freshman Molly Hutchison hit her team-leading seventh home run of the season, but the 10th-ranked Florida State Seminoles emerged victorious by a score of 4-1. Hutchison led off the top of the seventh inning with the round-tripper as the Wolfpack started to mount a rally.

    Hanna Sommer, a sophomore from Tustin, Calif., followed Hutchison and reached on an error by the pitcher. Unfortunately for the Pack, FSU’s starting pitcher Lacey Waldrop settled down to get the next three Wolfpack batters to end the game.

    Sommer also singled in the second inning.

    Junior Emily Weiman (13-7) pitched the first game for State and allowed just two earned runs on five hits. The other two runs the Seminoles scored in the contest were unearned. She struck out six and issued four walks.

    Florida State scored its first two runs of the contest in the third inning after an RBI groundout and a fielder’s choice that also drove in a run. The Seminoles tacked on two more runs (both unearned) in the bottom of fifth following a hit, an error and two walks in the frame.

    Game Two – FSU 4, NCST 2
    The Wolfpack struck early in the second game as junior Renada Davis led off the game with a double off the base of the left field wall. Lana Van Dyken moved her over to third base and Hutchison drove in Davis on a grounder to the shortstop.


     

     

    State added to its total in the top of the third when senior Kirsty Grant scored on a throwing error by the ‘Noles third baseman. Grant walked and moved over to second base following a free pass to Davis. Van Dyken lined out to the third baseman and she fired it to first base attempting to double off Davis. The throw went over the first baseman’s head allowing Grant to score from second base to make it 2-0 in favor of the Wolfpack.

    Freshman Courtney Mirabella started the second game on the mound and pitched the first 4 1/3 innings before giving way to Weiman.

    Florida State scored all four runs in the bottom of the fifth after Maddie O’Brien hit a grand slam over the fence in left center. Mirabella started the inning and faced the first three batters of the inning before Weiman came in to reliever her with runners on first and second base with one out.

    The Seminoles’ leadoff hitter Tiffani Brown singled to load the bases in the inning. Weiman dealt a swinging strikeout for the second out of the frame before O’Brien hit a 3-2 pitch out of the park.

    Grant and senior Chelsea Tate also singled in the contest for the Wolfpack.

    Lacey Waldrop pitched all seven innings of the second game as well, collecting four strikeouts and allowing three hits and two runs (one unearned).

    NC State will return to action for the final game of the series on Sunday, March 16. First pitch is slated for 10 a.m. at JoAnne Graf Field.

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