Pack Softball Falls 5-2 To ECU In First Game of Doubleheader
March 27, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. – NC State softball fell behind 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning on a three-run homer by East Carolina’s Kelsi Briggs and the Pirates held on for a 5-2 victory in the opening game of a doubleheader at the ECU Softball Stadium.
It was the first homer of the season for Briggs.
“That was a disappointing effort,” said first-year coach Shawn Rychcik. “We came in with good momentum after our weekend at Virginia Tech and didn’t take advantage of it.
“They got the lead early and we were fighting the rest of the game to get it back.”
The Pack (13-14-1) scored its two runs thanks to the hitting of junior second baseman Chelsea Tate, who had a lead-off triple in the fourth and a solo homer in the sixth.
Tate, who has hit safely in 18 of 27 games this season, scored the Pack’s first run on senior outfielder Caitlin Dent’s groundout to second. Tate’s solo shot in the sixth was her third homer of the season. She was the only Pack player to have multiple hits.
“Chelsea has hit in just about every game this season and she was our offense in this game,” Rychcik said.
Junior first baseman Leah Jones extended her hitting streak to five games with a single in the second inning. Freshman designated player Hanna Sommer singled between the third baseman and shortstop for the Pack’s other hit in the game.
In the circle, sophomore Emily Weiman (12-13) struck out 10 Pirate batters, the second time this season she has fanned double-digit hitters. She had 11 in the Pack’s season-opener against Georgetown at the FIU Panther Invitational in Miami.
The Pack and Pirates played a second game immediately afterwards.