Pack Softball's Game 2 Comeback Comes Up Short
March 29, 2013
Friday, March 29
ATLANTA– After trailing by as much as 7-0 in the second game of Friday’s doubleheader against ACC-foe Georgia Tech, NC State softball stormed back to bring the go-ahead and tying runs to the plate in the final two innings.
In the end, the Wolfpack comeback came up short, as the Yellow Jackets held on for a 7-5 win, after posting a 7-2 win in the opener at Tech’s Mewborn Softball Field.
The Pack (14-16-1 overall, 2-5 ACC) scored five runs in the top of the sixth to pull within two runs, then put seventh-inning lead-off batter Chelsea Tate on second base in the top of the seventh.
State was unable to get any closer, however, as the game ended on a groundout to shortstop and a warning-track fly ball by freshman Hanna Sommer to centerfield.
“I was really happy with the way we fought back,” said first-year coach Shawn Rychcik. “When you are down like that, all you want to do is fight back and get the tying run to the plate. We did that in both of the last two innings.
“The kids were resilient throughout the game in getting back to that point and giving us a chance. Hanna hit her ball a long way and thought it might keep flying over the wall.”
The Yellow Jackets (17-17, 4-1) jumped out to an early lead in the second game when designated hitter Hope Rush hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the first. They added another in the bottom of the second on a run-scoring single by Tech’s Alysha Rudnik.
Tech stretched its lead to 7-0 with a four-run fourth, with the big blow coming from a three-run double by leftfielder Morgan Taylor.
In the top of the sixth, the Pack loaded the bases again, this time with no outs, on singles by Renada Davis and Scout Albertson and a walk by Tate. Dent, who was 2-for-4 in the game, followed with a two-run single to centerfield.
With one out, Sommer walked on five pitches to reload the bases for junior Leah Jones, who drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
Freshman Lana Van Dyken drove in a run with a single off the second baseman’s glove and Lippard loaded the bases again with a single up the middle, to chase Fullem from the circle.
Davis walked against relief pitcher Hope Rush to drive in a run and close the gap to 7-5. The inning ended when Albertson hit a bat-handle grounder to shortstop.
The teams will meet in the final game of the series on Saturday at 1 p.m. Follow the Wolfpack on Twitter (@PackSoftball), on the NC State Softball Facebook page and www.GoPack.com/softball.