Pack Softball Has 3 Home Runs in 8-0 Win At Campbell
April 10, 2013
BUIES CREEK, N.C. – NC State started the first game of its doubleheader against Campbell Wednesday afternoon with a bang, as sophomore shortstop Renada Davis hit the game’s second pitch over the centerfield fence, sparking a five-run first inning in the 8-0, five-inning victory.
Senior outfielder Caitlin Dent belted two home runs for the first time in her career, as the Wolfpack (20-17-1 overall) increased its season total to 50, which matches the third highest in school history.
Sophomore righthanded pitcher Emily Weiman (18-15) allowed three hits in her five innings of work, including a pair of doubles, but did not allow a runner past second base, as she grabbed her fifth win in six games. She had five strikeouts and no walks against the Camels (26-14).
“It was a good all-around effort for us, hitting, pitching and defense,” said first-year coach Shawn Rychcik. “Renada’s home run helped us get a five-spot in the first inning and Emily pitched really well from the minute she stepped in the circle.
“That’s the kind of softball I like to see us play, a good performance in all phases of the game.”
Davis, who is second nationally with 17 homers on the season, now has opened the Pack’s first inning with a home run five times this season. It’s also the third consecutive game that she has gone deep for the Pack, matching a streak of three in a row she had earlier this season.
The Pack offense followed with a double from Dent, a hit by pitch from Chelsea Tate and a walk by freshman Hanna Sommer to load the bases with none out. After a foul out and an infield fly, both junior first baseman Leah Jones and junior catcher Kirsty Grant had two-run hits.
Jones had a ground-rule double to left field and Grant hit a bases-loaded single to center.
Dent, who was a perfect 3-for-3 with three RBIs in the game, added a solo shot in the second and a two-run homer in the fourth to give the Pack the eight-run advantage.
The teams played the second game of the doubleheader immediately afterwards.
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