Pack Softball Loses 1-0 Heartbreaker to No. 15 Michigan
March 16, 2013
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FULLERTON, Calif. - NC State sophomore pitcher Emily Weiman battled through seven scoreless innings against No. 15 Michigan on Saturday morning in the Wolfpack's first game of the day at the Judi Garman Classic on the campus of Cal State-Fullerton until the Wolverines pushed across an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 1-0 victory.
Weiman (10-11) finished with eight strikeouts, one walk and five hits allowed. Michigan pitcher Hailey Wagner (4-1) picked up the victory, in the Wolfpack's third extra-inning contest of the season. State also lost to South Florida 1-0 in Tampa and tied Northern Colorado 0-0 in Atlanta.
"Em was outstanding again," said first-year coach Shawn Rychcik. "The last seven games she's pitched against teams that are or have been ranked and she's been really good in all of them. We just couldn't get her that big hit.
"She kept getting better as the game went along."
Wagner struck out six, gave up four singles and hit two Wolfpack batters.
The two pitchers both shut down the opposing offense, with Weiman striking out the side in the bottom of the sixth and pitching out of a second-and-third, one-out jam in the bottom of the seventh.
Michigan put runners in scoring position in each of its first three innings, but Weiman was able to pitch out of trouble on all three occasions.
The Wolfpack (11-12-1) put lead-off batters on in four innings, but never advanced a runner beyond second base.
In the eighth, when both teams started with a runner placed on second base under tournament rules, the Wolverines were able to generate the game-winning run, while the Wolfpack was unable to advance its runner from second.
State began with junior Haley Stowe on second base, but lead-off hitter Katie Mansilla was called out for stepping out of the batter's box on her attempted sacrifice bunt. Sophomore shortstop Renada Davis struck out looking and junior catcher Kirsty Grant lined out to the pitcher to end the inning.
In Michigan's eighth, Romero singled to right field, advancing runner Sappingfield to third base. After a stolen base and a walk to load the bases, Lane hit a grounder to second base, but the throw to the plate was not in time to get Sappingfield as she slid into home.
"I really thought we had a chance to get out of the eighth inning," Rychcik said. "If we had gotten that out, Em was throwing really well and I think she could have gotten us out of the inning."
The Wolfpack will play its final game in the four-day tournament on Saturday against No. 10 Texas.
"We're struggling a little bit right now, but the kids are competing hard against really good competition," Rychcik said. "As long as we keep battling, we will come out of this better as a team."