Pack Softball Loses Early Lead, Falls 7-2 to Georgia Tech
March 29, 2013
ATLANTA – For the first time this season, NC State’s softball team lost a game after scoring first, falling 7-2 to Georgia Tech Friday afternoon in the opening game of a doubleheader at the Yellow Jackets’ Mewborn Softball Stadium.
The Wolfpack (14-15-1 overall, 2-4 ACC) took the lead when the game’s first batter, sophomore shortstop Renada Davis, hit her third lead-off homer of the season. The ACC’s home-run leader belted her 13thof the season over the centerfield wall, as she did against Troy and against Texas earlier this season.
Before Friday, the Pack had been 8-0 when scoring in the first inning and 11-0 when scoring first in a game.
“We did a good job of coming out and putting some runs up early,” said first-year coach Shawn Rychcik. “We continued to be aggressive, but we couldn’t take advantage of our opportunities.
“We just have to do a better job of getting those runs in.”
The Yellow Jackets cut the 2-0 lead in half in their half of the first, then tied the game on a run-scoring double by Alysha Rudnik in the third.
Rudnik gave her team the lead with another run-scoring double, as the Yellow Jackets put three runs on the board to take a 5-2 lead. Rudnik finished off her 3-for-4, four-RBI day with a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to give Tech starting pitcher Hope Rush a five-run cushion.
The Pack put runners on base throughout the game, getting the leadoff hitter on five straight innings, but it did not push a run across the plate after the first inning. Sommer and fellow freshman Lana Van Dyken had the only multiple-hit efforts in the game, with both contributing a single and a double.
The teams played the second game of the doubleheader immediately afterwards.