Softball Falls to Maryland
April 22, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State softball dropped game three in it's series with Maryland (27-18, 5-7 ACC) today by a score of 4-3 at Dail Softball Stadium.
Morgan Peeler got the start in the circle for the Pack, and in 4.1 innings of work, she surrendered two earned runs off of six hits while striking out three Terp hitters. She was relieved in the fifth inning by Emily Weiman, who gave up only one hit and one earned run in 2.2 frames. She also struck out six Terrapin hitters in the contest.
Peeler had little trouble with the Terrapin lineup the first time through. She allowed only three hits in the first three innings, two of which came in the third frame.
The Wolfpack got on the board in the third inning, taking a 2-0 over the Terrapins. With two outs in the frame, Tate posted her first single of the day, which brought Warren to the plate with a runner on first. She then smashed her fifth home run of the 2012 season, a two-run shot.
In the fifth inning, Maryland notched back-to-back doubles, scoring two runs to tie the game at 2-2. Later in the frame, the Terps took advantage of a Pack throwing error to claim its first lead of the contest at 3-2.
Weiman got to work in the sixth. She allowed two base runners, but fanned the final two batters of the frame to hold the score at 3-2 in favor of the Terps.
State loaded the bases in the sixth inning for freshman Sara Lippard, who drew the Pack's third-straight walk to plate Renada Davis and knot the score at 3-3. Scout Albertson then stepped to the plate and, after an impressive 11-pitch at-bat, hit a sharp liner to the outfield that was caught by the Terrapin defense to end the frame.
Maryland's Sara Acosta put the Terps ahead, 4-3 in the seventh inning when she lifted a sacrifice fly to left field.
Katie Mansilla hit a sharp line drive to the outfield for the first out of the seventh inning, which brought Leah Jones to the plate with one out. She grounded out, which left it in the hands of Tate. She then belted a double to the fence, narrowly missing her first home run of the season, as Warren stepped to the plate. Warren, though, popped out to end the game in a 4-3 NC State (22-28, 4-13 ACC)defeat.
State softball concludes the regular season next weekend in a three-game series at Virginia. The Pack will take on the Cavaliers in Charlottesville, Va. in a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m., then a single game Sunday at noon.