Wolfpack Softball Takes Series Vs. Maryland with 7-1 Win Sunday
April 7, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State softball banged out a pair of solo home runs and added five insurance runs on a pair of Maryland errors to take the rubber game of a three-game series against the Terrapins on Sunday with a 7-1 victory at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Softball Stadium.
Sophomore Renada Davis and junior Scout Albertson provided the first two runs with line shots over the left field wall. The Pack (19-17-1 overall, 5-6 ACC) added three runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth.
Davis blasted the first pitch of the Wolfpack’s first inning out of the park, the fourth time this season she’s opened a game with a homer for the Pack. She also did it against Coastal Carolina, Troy and the first game last weekend against Georgia Tech.
It was the second home run of the weekend for Davis, who entered the week tied for second nationally behind Oklahoma’s Lauren Chamberlain. The Sooner leadoff hitter has homered once this weekend for a narrow 17-16 lead over Davis in the NCAA statistics.
Maryland tied the game 1-1 in the top of the third on an RBI single to right field by Sara Acosta, but Albertson gave the Pack the lead for good with a two-out homer in the bottom of the fourth.
The Pack, which entered the week ranked 11th nationally with 1.25 home runs per game, has now gone deep in 13 of its last 15 games. It’s the 12th time this season the Pack has hit multiple homers in a game.
“We don’t come into games looking to hit home runs,” said first-year coach Shawn Rychcik. “Our philosophy is to just drive the ball, hit line drives and put the ball in play. But a lot of those line drives have been going out of the park, which is good to see.”
The Pack’s three-run fifth began with a pair of walks and a single to load the bases, followed by a sacrifice fly by Caitlin Dent for the first run. The other two scored on Chelsea Tate’s fielder’s choice, as the Terps threw the ball away trying to come home for the force out.
The sixth began with Albertson’s double to centerfield, her second extra-base hit of her 2-for-3 day. The Pack loaded the bases again with Leah Jones’ hit by pitch and a bunt single and a Maryland throwing error by freshman Lana Van Dyken. Pinch runner Katie Mansilla scored on the play and pinch runner Hayley Stowe scored on catcher Kirsty Grant’s sacrifice fly on a pop up in shallow left field that was caught by the Maryland shortstop.
“We were aggressive in both of those situations, which is the kind of style I like playing,” Rychcik said. “We made them put the ball in play and some good things happened for us.
“We will keep doing that kind of thing a lot in the future.”
Sophomore righthander Emily Weiman (17-15) picked up her second win of the weekend and her fourth of the week, giving up five hits, two walks and one earned run in the outing. Her only defeat of the week was in Saturday’s series opener against the Terps, when she gave up a two-run double in the sixth inning of the 2-1 loss.
She pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of Sunday’s seventh to finish the week with five earned runs, 20 hits and 26 strikeouts in 35 innings. She also had her first career no-hitter in a 2-0 win over Charlotte on Wednesday.
“I thought Em was in command all weekend,” Rychcik said. “She pitched out of the jam in the seventh so she didn’t give up any unnecessary runs. Overall, it was a great week for her.”
The Wolfpack travels to Buies Creek, N.C., on Wednesday for a doubleheader against Campbell. It will return to Dail Stadium for its final home series of the season, a three-game set against North Carolina. Saturday, the Pack will honor its three senior players, outfielders Bethaney Wells and Caitlin Dent and infielder Katie Mansilla.
The Pack will conclude the 2013 regular season with seven consecutive games on the road, followed by the ACC Championships in Tallahassee, Fla.
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