Pack Drops Doubleheader to Georgia Tech
March 31, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - Wolfpack softball dropped an ACC doubleheader today at Curtis and Jaqueline Dail Softball Stadium, falling to Georgia Tech 6-4 in the first game and 6-3 in game two of the twinbill.
Morgan Peeler took the loss the second game, surrendering only one earned run in seven innings of work.
Freshman Sara Lippard went 1-for-2 with two RBI in the contest, hitting her first career home run in the third inning.
Georgia Tech posted three runs in the top of the first, taking a 3-0 lead over the Wolfpack.
Toni Ann Williford notched a single in the third inning then advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch. The next batter, Sara Lippard, then blasted her first career home run to put the Pack on the board, still trailing Georgia Tech 3-2.
The Yellow Jackets added two more runs in the fifth off of two hits and a State error, increasing their advantage to 5-2. Then, in the sixth, Georgia Tech pushed their lead to 6-2 off of one hit and a Pack error.
NC State (15-21, 0-7 ACC) softball dropped its first game with Georgia Tech by a score of 6-4.
Emily Weiman picked up the start in the circle, surrendering six runs off of eight hits while striking out six Jacket hitters in the complete game effort.
Bethaney Wells paced the Pack at the plate in the loss by going 2-for-4.
Hope Rush put the Yellow Jackets on the board in the second inning by blasting her seventh home run of the season, a solo shot.
Wells opened the State half of the second by roping a double off of the outfield wall, then she moved to third thanks to a perfect sacrifice bunt by Leah Jones. The next batter, Katie Mansilla, notched a base hit to score Wells and pull the Pack even with Georgia Tech at 1-1.
Georgia Tech posted four runs in the third inning to take a 5-1 lead over the Wolfpack, then added one run to that advantage in the fifth.
Kirsty Grant and Landon Warren notched back-to-back base hits in the bottom of the fifth for the Wolfpack. Both later came around to score--Grant on a fielder's choice by Williford and Warren on a Wells RBI-single. After five complete innings, Georgia Tech held a 6-3 advantage over the Pack.
The Wolfpack continued to chip away at the Georgia Tech lead in the sixth by posting a run to put the score at 6-4. Mansilla led off the frame by reaching on a Yellow Jacket error, then came around to score on an RBI-double by Warren. Heading into the seventh inning, State trailed Georgia Tech 6-4.
Weiman retired the Jackets in order in the seventh, setting the table for a Pack comeback.
Caitlin Dent reached on a Georgia Tech error to open the seventh inning and was replaced by pinch runner Hayley Stowe. The next three Pack hitters were unable to pick up hits though, and State fell 6-4.
State softball returns to action tomorrow at noon at Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Softball Stadium for the final game of its series with Georgia Tech. The contest will serve as the Pack's annual Kay Yow Pink game to benefit breast cancer research. NC State employee and breast cancer survivor Heidi Humphries will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. All fans are encouraged to wear pink and participate in the silent auction that will take place.