Softball Takes DH From Charlotte; Weiman Gets 1st Career No-Hitter
April 3, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State's softball team jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning, and junior Chelsea Tate and freshman Hanna Sommer contributed solo homers in the Wolfpack's 10-3 victory over Charlotte on Wednesday at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Softball Stadium to sweep a midweek doubleheader against the visiting 49ers.
Sophomore pitcher Emily Weiman, who pitched the Pack's first no-hitter since 2009 in Wednesday's opener, picked up her second win of the day, allowing two earned runs and six hits in the contest. Weiman (15-14) pitched 14 innings in the two contests, allowing three Charlotte doubles in the second game.
"I thought Emily pitched really well all day," said first-year coach Shawn Rychcik. "We knew they would come at her differently in the second game and we knew all of their batters had seen her six or seven times, so they would be a little more comfortable in the box against her."
In the first game, Weiman faced one batter over the minimum, allowing a walk in the third inning, then retiring the game's final 14 hitters. She got all the run support she needed on an RBI-single by junior Scout Albertson in the bottom of the third and a solo homer by senior Bethaney Wells in the fourth.
In the second game, Weiman got strong support from her teammates, as the Wolfpack (17-16-1 overall) sent 11 batters to the plate in the first inning to take a quick 5-0 lead. Senior Caitlin Dent opened the barrage with a one-out single that the rightfielder misplayed. Dent ended up on third, and scored on a wild pitch after junior Chelsea Tate reached on a hit by pitch.
Albertson walked to put runners on first and second for Sommer, who had the first of her three hits in the game with a single to centerfield. Wells reached on a fielder's choice to the shortstop, as Albertson was slid in under the tag.
"It was really nice to have a cushion like that when I went back into the circle," said Weiman, who walked the first batter she faced in the second game and finally gave up an infield single in the third after nine hitless innings against the 49ers.
Charlotte (14-16) scored a pair of runs in the third, thanks to a two-run double by Alex Rogers. The Niners added a single run in the fourth on an RBI-double by Natalie Capone.
But the Pack answered with runs in the bottom half of both those innings - on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Renada Davis in the third and a doubles by Sommer and Lippard in the fifth. Lippard, making her fourth start of the season at catcher, was 2-for-3 in the game with two RBIs, her first multiple-hit game of the season.
Tate and Sommer offered their solo homers in the fifth to round out the Wolfpack's scoring. For Tate, the line drive down the left field line extended her career-best hitting streak to nine consecutive games, the longest by a Pack player this season.
Wells' homer earlier in the day gave the Pack, which entered the day ranked 11th nationally at 1.25 home runs per game, a total of three in the doubleheader.
"It was good day all the way around," Rychcik said. "Not only did Em pitch well both games, we got production throughout the lineup. We wanted to get our record up over .500 and take some momentum into the weekend.
"That started with a win on Sunday against Georgia Tech and continued against Charlotte. We are looking for a good weekend coming up."
The Wolfpack will continue its five-game home stand when it hosts Maryland in a three-game ACC series, beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday.
All three games will be streamed live for free on www.GoPack.com/All-Access. Fans can also follow the team via Twitter (@PackSoftball), by liking the NC State Softball Facebook page and at www.GoPack.com/softball.