Pack Softball Earns DH Split with 4-0 Win Over Maryland
April 6, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State softball took an early lead on Saturday in the second game of an ACC doubleheader against Maryland at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Softball Stadium to earn a split against the Terrapins in a 4-0 victory.
Maryland took advantage of a timely hit in the sixth inning of the opener against sophomore pitcher Emily Weiman in a 2-1 win, but the Wolfpack bounced back in the second contest in the Kay Yow Pink Game, presented by Rex HealthCare.
The Pack (18-17-1 overall, 4-6 ACC) picked up RBI singles from senior outfielder Bethaney Wells and junior first baseman Leah Jones in the third inning and a run-scoring double in the fourth from senior outfielder Caitlin Dent, who had two hits in her four trips to the plate.
Sophomore shortstop Renada Davis, the Pack's lead-off hitter all season, followed in the sixth inning with her ACC-leading 15th home run of the season, a solo line drive into the net over the leftfield wall. She currently ranks second nationally.
"We got the hits we needed in the second game and kept Maryland off balance with those early runs," said first-year coach Shawn Rychcik. "Renada continues to hit solid line drives, which is great for us from the lead-off spot, but we got production throughout the line up."
With junior catcher Kirsty Grant's solo homer in the first game, the Pack has now gone deep in 12 of its last 14 games.
Sophomore Emily Weiman (16-15), who gave up only three hits in the loss, pitched a six-hit shutout in the second game, striking out six batters. She did not issue a walk in the second game.
"I thought Em was spot on all day, except for one pitch she would like to have back in the first game," Rychcik said. "It wasn't even a bad pitch, the Maryland hitter just made a good swing at the ball and drove in two runs.
"But I can't fault how Emily pitched, because we left nine runners on base in that first game. The second game, we got a couple of big hits early and that allowed Emily to pitch really well."
Freshman designated hitter Hanna Sommer also had two hits in the second game and has gotten at least one hit in nine of the Pack's last 11 games.
Junior second baseman Chelsea Tate did not get a hit, snapping her 10-game streak, which tied the second longest in school history. She did, however, reach base twice after being hit by pitches and now has reached base in 31 of the 35 games she's played in this season.
She also leads the team with seven hits-by-pitch.
The Wolfpack and Terps will play the rubber game of the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. Admission is free for all spectators.
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