Maryland Takes 2-1 Win Over Pack Softball
April 6, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - Maryland's Shannon Bustillos hit a two-run double in the top of the sixth inning to give the Terrapins a 2-1 victory over NC State's softball team on Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Softball Stadium.
The Terrapins (20-18 overall, 5-2 ACC) were hitless through the first 4 1/3 innings against Wolfpack sophomore righthander Emily Weiman.
In the top of the sixth, Maryland opened with a sharp single to right field by lead-off hitter Amanda McCann. She advanced to second on a passed ball and to third on an infield groundout. Weiman intentionally walked Lindsey Schmeiser, putting runners on the corners.
Weiman (15-15) struck out clean-up hitter Candice Beards, as Schmeiser stole second base. Bustillos followed with a two-out, two-run double to centerfield to erase the Pack's 1-0 lead.
"They got the big hit when they needed it, which is something we weren't able to do," said first-year coach Shawn Rychcik, whose team left nine runners on base. "We hit the ball all over the place and several of them were line drives. We just couldn't get anything to fall."
Kirsty Grant, who had a double nullified in the bottom of the second when the runner on first was called out for leaving early, came back to the batter's box in the bottom of the third and powered a ball over the centerfield wall to give the Wolfpack its early lead.
It was the 10th home run in the last 11 games for the Pack, which entered the week ranked 11th nationally at 1.25 home runs per game. State has hit four home runs in the three games since those nation stats were released.
For Grant, it was her fourth homer of the year and her second in four games. She had a grand slam in Sunday's 12-4 win over Georgia Tech.
In the top of the first, junior second baseman Chelsea Tate extended her hitting streak to 10 in a row with a single over her counterpart's head, which tied the second longest hitting streak in school history. Renada Davis advanced to third on the hit and Tate moved to second on the throw.
Tate, who leads the team with a .366 batting average, was 3-for-4 in the game and has now reached base safely in 30 of the Pack's 35 games this season.
The teams played immediately afterwards in the second game of the doubleheader.