Wolfpack Softball Outruns Campbell Camels, 4-2
April 2, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State softball team hit back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the first inning to lift the Wolfpack to a 4-2 win against the Campbell Camels Wednesday evening at Dail Stadium. With the win, the Pack is now 13-1 in the all-time series with Campbell and is 17-1 in home games this season.
“We capitalized on a few mistakes that their pitcher made early in the first inning to take a quick lead in the game,” said head coach Shawn Rychcik. “I was pretty happy with the way we started the game. I think we might have sat on the lead for a few innings, but Campbell made a few pitching changes and it turned into a defensive game.”
Junior Renada Davis quickly put the Wolfpack (21-10) ahead, 1-0, in the bottom of the first inning with a solo homer to left field. It was her team-leading 10th home run and the fourth time this season she has hit a leadoff home run. Senior Kirsty Grant followed with her first round-tripper of the year, as she smashed the first pitch she saw from Campbell’s (22-18) starting pitcher Katie Baker over the fence.
“I just wanted to make solid contact and it worked out for me,” said Grant. “I haven’t been able to square the ball up in previous games, so it feels good to get all of one and see it leave the yard.”
Molly Hutchison, a freshman from San Diego, Calif., followed with a single through the right side before Hanna Sommer was hit-by-pitch to chase Baker from the circle for Campbell. Julia Callicutt came in to relieve Baker and limited the damage as the Pack only scored one more run in the frame on an RBI groundout by Leah Jones.
The Camels plated their first run of the game in the third inning on an error by the Wolfpack which allowed Amanda Daw to score from third base. Campbell added another run the following inning on a solo homer by Raven Lee to trim the deficit to 3-2.
State plated its final run of the contest in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI-single by senior Scout Albertson. Classmate Chelsea Tate opened the inning with a walk and moved over to third base on a single by Jones to get into scoring position for Albertson.
Junior Emily Weiman (18-8) earned the win in the circle for Pack with her 19th complete game of the year. She scattered six hits, while striking out four and only allowing one earned run and a walk.
“Emily [Weiman] had pretty good control today,” Rychcik added. “She got herself in a jam a few times, but was able to work out of it and make big pitches when she needed to. It’s been awhile since she’s pitched in a game, so we needed to get her some work.”
At the plate, Grant paced the squad with a 2-for-4 outing, while Albertson, Davis, Hutchison, Jones and Sommer each had one hit.
NC State will next be in action when it travels to Syracuse, N.Y., this weekend to face the Syracuse Orange in a three-game series. Saturday’s doubleheader is set for 1 p.m. and Sunday’s series finale will begin at noon.