Pack Softball's Weiman Throws 3-Hit Shutout to Complete 3-Game Sweep
April 21, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Sophomore righthander Emily Weiman threw her second consecutive shutout over Virginia and NC State's softball team completed the three-game weekend sweep of the Cavaliers with a 2-0 victory on Sunday.
It's the 12th win in the last 14 games for the Wolfpack (26-18-1 overall, 10-7 ACC), which has now won five in a row.
"Going into the third game of a series, I just tend to be stronger," said the native of Pasadena, Md. " It has a lot to do with focus and just making my pitches work. We kind of change things up and try to keep the other team on their toes, even though they have seen me in 10 or 12 at-bats already."
Weiman (24-16) struck out nine Cavalier batters on the day, gave up just three hits and allowed only two balls to be hit out of the infield, a sharp single and a routine fly ball to centerfield to end the game. The Cavaliers' other two hits were on an infield topper to shortstop and a bunt three feet in front of the plate.
"Emily was just dominant today," said first-year coach Shawn Rychcick. "She was even better than she was on Saturday, and she was pretty good then."
Weiman gave up only one run all weekend as the Pack outscored the Cavs 22-1 in the three games. She held Virginia without a run for the final 16 2/3 innings of the weekend series.
"It was a great weekend all the way around," Rychcik said. "We got great pitching, we didn't make an error on defense and we hit the ball like crazy. That's a great recipe for success.
"I was particularly pleased with our defense. Anything they hit on the ground, we gobbled up and made outs."
The Wolfpack offense, held without a home run for just the fourth time in the team's last 22 games, scored single runs in the third and fourth innings to give Weiman all the support she needed.
In the third, junior first baseman Leah Jones had a one-out single to left field and picked up the first stolen base of her career. She scored on sophomore Renada Davis' RBI-single to left, the fifth hit and third RBI of the weekend for the Wolfpack shortstop.
Stowe advanced to third on freshman Hanna Sommer's line-drive double to leftfield and scored on a sacrifice fly by junior outfielder Scout Albertson, who had seven RBIs in the Pack's three games against the Cavs, thanks to a pair of homers on Saturday and the sac fly on Sunday.
Weiman mowed down the first 11 Cavalier batters she faced en route to her sixth shutout of the season and her fifth consecutive victory.
The Cavaliers didn't hit a ball out of the infield until the sixth inning, when Taylor Williams singled past Pack diving second baseman Chelsea Tate. Weiman ended the inning with a strikeout and an easy popup to third base.
The red-hot Wolfpack will look to continue its most successful stretch of the season when it plays a single game at Elon on Wednesday at 6 p.m. and its final series of the regular season next weekend at Boston College.
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