Pack Defeats Maryland in Dramatic 10-inning Battle
April 21, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - Wolfpack softball defeated Maryland in a long-fought, 10 inning battle today in game two of the doubleheader by a score of 5-4.
Morgan Peeler earned the victory for the Wolfpack. In 10 innings of work, she surrendered three earned runs off of nine hits and stuck out four Terp hitters.
Renada Davis went 2-for-3 with two runs scored in the contest to lead the Pack offensively.
Landon Warren led off the game with a base hit, then advanced to second on a perfectly placed Toni Ann Williford sacrifice bunt. Davis then notched a single of her own, moving Warren to third and placing runners on second and third for Bethaney Wells. She then drew a one-out walk, loading the bases for junior Caitlin Dent, who was hit by a pitch, scoring Warren to give the Pack a 1-0 lead. The bases were still loaded when Scout Albertson notched her first hit of the day which scored Davis to increase the Wolfpack lead to 2-0. A groundout by Katie Mansilla that scored Wells rounded out the State scoring in the first, and after one complete, the Pack held a 3-0 lead over Maryland.
The Pack put runners on first and second with two outs in the second, but was unable to push a run across. After two complete, though, State still held a 3-0 lead over the Terrapins.
Maryland posted two runs off of one hit, a Candice Beards RBI-double, in the third inning.
State put together a two-out rally in the fourth inning after Davis notched her second base hit of the day and Wells drew a walk. The Pack, though, was unable to push the run across and heading into the fifth inning, held a 3-2 advantage over the Terps.
In the fifth inning, Maryland took advantage of a two-out Pack error and notched an RBI-double to knot the score at 3-3.
Williford lead off the sixth inning with a single, then moved into scoring position on a nicely placed sacrifice bunt by Davis. Wells followed by belting a base hit to move Warren to third with one out in the frame. The next batter, Dent, lifted a sacrifice fly to score Williford and give the Pack a 4-3 lead over the Terps.
Kathy McLaughlin notched a double to open the seventh inning, and eventually came around to score on a Nikki Maier single to even the score at 4-4.
Tate, Leah Jones and Warren went down in order in the bottom of the seventh, forcing the game into extra innings.
The Pack defense turned a nice double play to end the Maryland threat in the top of the eighth, which sent State into the bottom half of the frame with excellent momentum.
Williford was hit by a pitch to lead off the eighth inning and was replaced by pinch runner Kirsty Grant, who was thrown out at second on a Davis fielder's choice. Wells and Dent then drew back-to-back outs with one out to load the bases for Albertson. She then hit a ground ball and Maryland threw out Grant at home. With two outs and the bases loaded, Mansilla stepped to the plate and went down swinging to end the frame. After eight complete innings, the Pack remained tied with the Terps at 4-4.
Peeler retired the Terps in order in the top of the ninth, but the Pack offense was also retired in order in the bottom half of the frame.
Sara Lippard opened the 10th inning by blasting a double, then Davis followed by drawing a walk to put runners on first and second for Wells. The Terps also then made a pitching change, replacing starter Kendra Knight with Kaitlyn Schmeiser. Schmeiser threw a wild pitch in her first offering, which allowed the Pack runners to advance to second and third with no outs. She then intentionally walked Wells to load the bases for Dent. Dent proceeded to ground into a double play, which left Davis at third and Wells at second with two outs and Albertson at the plate. Albertson drew the Pack's second walk in the inning, loading the bases again for Mansilla, who was hit by a pitch to score Davis and end the game.
State softball concludes its series against Maryland tomorrow at noon at Dail Stadium.