Pack Softball Drops First Game Vs. UNC, 2-1
April 13, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. – No. 24 North Carolina scored a single unearned run in the top of the seventh inning on a pair of errors and two walks to take a 2-1 victory over homestanding NC State Saturday afternoon at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Softball Stadium.
Pitchers Emily Weiman of the Wolfpack and Lori Spingola of the Tar Heels engaged in a pitcher’s duel through the first six innings, with Weiman striking out seven hitters and Spingola striking out eight.
The Tar Heels (33-13 overall, 10-3 ACC) took the lead in the fifth inning with a solo home run by freshman Kristen Brown, a line shot over the left centerfield wall.
The teams played evenly throughout the game until the top of the seventh when a pair of miscues helped the Tar Heels. After a lead-off walk, Weiman’s first base on balls of the game, the Pack got an out on a fielder’s choice.
But a dropped foul ball on the right field line cost the Pack an out and a wild pitch put Constance Orr on second base. Brown followed with a hot grounder that was misplayed in the Wolfpack infield, which scored Orr from second base.
The Pack retired the side without further damage.
“We gave them a couple of second chances in the seventh inning and they took advantage of them,” first-year coach Shawn Rychcik said afterwards. “That was disappointing because Emily pitched really well against a good lineup.
“We just never got the big hit we needed to give her the lead.”
In the bottom of the seventh, the Pack put runners on first and second on a pair of walks by Spingola, but the game ended on a fly ball to right field.
Grant and junior Chelsea Tate had the Pack’s only two hits in the game. Tate also reached on her ninth hit by pitch of the season. Overall, State left seven runners on base, as Spingola walked four batters.
Weiman (19-16) was effective throughout the game, until giving up the unearned run in the seventh.
The teams played the second game of the doubleheader immediately afterwards. They will play the final game of the series on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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