Softball Falls to UMKC
March 18, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. - NC State softball fell 3-2 to UMKC in the final game of the Unviersity of Kentucky Tournament today in Lexington, Ky.
Jade Hennig got the start for State in the circle. In 1.2 innings of work, she surrendered three runs off of three hits and struck out three UMKC hitters. Morgan Peeler entered the game in the second in relief of Hennig. In 5.1 innings of work, she scattered two hits and did not give up a run.
Hennig walked the first two batters of the inning, but then struck out the next two to kill the Roo rally and preserve the scoreless game.
UMKC got on the board in the second and took a 3-0 lead over the Pack thanks to three hits.
State put three runners on in the fourth, but were not able to push one across. After four complete innings, the score remained 3-1 in favor of the Roos.
In the fifth inning, Warren blasted a ball off the top of the wall for a long single and Toni Ann Williford followed with a base hit of her own, but the Pack was unable to push a run across. After five innings of play, State trailed UMKC 3-1.
The Pack closed the gap in the sixth inning, pulling within one at 3-2. Albertson got things going for the Pack by notching a base hit and advancing to third on a wild pitch and Liz Williamson fielder's choice. Sara Lippard, a pinch hitter, then stepped to the plate with Albertson on third and posted a single to plate her and put the Pack within one run.
Peeler made quick work of the Roos in the seventh, setting the table perfectly for a Wolfpack comeback in the bottom half of the frame.
In the seventh, Williford and Dent notched back-to-back singles, but State could not push across the run.
State softball returns to action next weekend, taking on Virginia Tech at Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Softball Stadium. The three-game ACC series begins with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 24 at 1 and 3 p.m., then concludes noon on Sunday against the Hokies.