Pack Softball Rallies for 8-6 Win at Syracuse
April 6, 2014
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The NC State softball team rallied to score four runs in the top of the seventh to register an 8-6 comeback win against the Syracuse Orange in game one of a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon.
“I’m really proud of our team and the way they battled back,” said head coach Shawn Rychcik. “We got down, but fought back to tie it up and take the lead. We were able to put four runs on the board in the top of the seventh after several good at-bats. I was real happy that we took care of business in the bottom of the inning to get the win.”
Trailing 5-4 heading to its last at-bat of the game, the Wolfpack (22-10, 11-4 ACC) plated four runs in the seventh to take the lead, 8-5. Sophomore Hanna Sommer smashed the first pitch she saw in her at-bat over the fence in left center for a two-run homer, after freshman Molly Hutchison walked earlier in the frame.
Two batters later, senior Leah Jones hit her second home run of the game and fifth of the season on an 0-1 pitch to stretch the advantage to 7-5. After a couple singles, senior Chelsea Tate lined an RBI single through the left side to score Albertson.
“It was nice to get on the field and play,” Jones said. “I was just trying to hit the ball hard to help the team and I got some pitches that I could handle and I hit them well.”
Sophomore Lana Van Dyken ignited the Wolfpack offense in the top of the third with a leadoff double to deep center field. After Syracuse retired the next two hitters in order, senior Kirsty Grant deposited an RBI double to left center scoring Van Dyken from second as the Pack knotted the score at one.
State took a 3-1 lead in the top of the fourth after Jones smashed a two-run homer to left center, scoring Hayley Stowe from first base.
“Leah [Jones] had a great day at the plate,” Rychcik added. “She swung the bat really well and just had a really solid day and we need that from our seniors.”
Syracuse’s Julie Wambold put her team on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second with a solo homer to center field. The Orange added four runs to its total in the bottom half of the fifth inning to take a 5-4 lead, thanks in large part to a double to deep center field by Nicole Lundstrom, scoring runners from second and third base.
Junior Emily Weiman (19-8) pitched all seven innings of the contest to earn the win, allowing six runs on eight hits and striking out eight. It was her 20th complete game of the year.
At the plate, Jones paced the squad with a 3-for-4 performance highlighted by two home runs and four runs batted in (RBI). Van Dyken was 2-for-3, while Albertson, Davis, Grant, Sommer and Tate each had one hit.