Softball Bangs Out School-Record 8 HRs in 16-2 Win; Blasts 15 in DH
April 27, 2013
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - On a record-setting offensive day, the NC State softball team broke the school record with eight home runs in the second game of a doubleheader against Boston College, after tying the school record with seven in the opening game.
The 16-2 victory in five innings over the Eagles coupled with the 10-3 win in the opener gives the Wolfpack (29-18-1 overall, 12-7 ACC) 15 wins in its last 17 games. It also moved the team into third place in the ACC regular-season standings, with one week of play remaining.
In all, seven different players hit home runs and six different players had multiple homers in the two games to account for the total of 15 the team had on the day.
Needing only three to break the previous single-season school record of 66 set in 2007, the Pack had that many in the first inning of the first game and continued to add to it throughout the day.
"There were just so many things that happened today in NC State's favor," said first-year coach Shawn Rychcik. "We put ourselves in position to be playing like this at the end of the season and all the hard work is paying off.
"It was obviously a great day for us."
The teams will play the final game of the series on Sunday at noon.
For the second time this season, junior Scout Albertson hit a total of four homers on the day with two in each game, replicating the feat she first accomplished on March 2 against North Carolina A&T. Senior Caitlin Dent also achieved the feat on April 10 in a doubleheader against Campbell.
Her final homer of the day was a grand slam, her second of the season. It also extended the school record for the most grand slams in a season to five.
Sophomore shortstop Renada Davis, who entered the day tied for second nationally with 21 homers on the season, hit a pair of homers in the second game to cap off a 6-for-8, 3-RBI day at the plate to extend her hitting streak to eight-straight games.
Freshman Hanna Sommer had two in the first game, junior Leah Jones had two in the second and senior Caitlin Dent and junior catcher Kirsty Grant had one in each game.
The second game also ended with a bang, as Boston College loaded the bases against sophomore pitcher Emily Weiman. But freshman third baseman Lana Van Dyken stabbed a line drive right at the base, stepped on the bag and threw to second base for a game-ending triple play.
The doubleheader sweep was the perfect way for Rychcik, who spent two years as an assistant and eight as the head coach at nearby Boston University, to record the 300th victory of his career. He is now 300-177-2 in his nine seasons as a head coach.
Rychcik came to NC State after two seasons as an assistant and eight seasons as the head coach at nearby Boston University, where he won four America East regular-season titles and three tournament titles. He took the Terriers to three NCAA Regionals and compiled a 271-159-1 record at the helm.
He has guided the Wolfpack to its most wins since the 2008 team went 31-28 overall. The Pack's 12 ACC wins, with one regular-season game to play, is the best since the 2007 team set the school record with 15 league victories to finish second in the regular-season standings.
"It was a pretty amazing day with the bats, with 15 home runs and six different kids with multiple home runs," Rychcik said. "And we had hits all through the lineup. We had no errors again and Emily [Weiman] pitched well enough to get two wins. That's what we came up here for."
Sophomore pitcher Emily Weiman tied former ACC Pitcher of the Year Abbie Sims' school record for wins in a single season by picking up her 27th of the season with a complete-game victory. She only gave up runs in the first and fourth innings.
Weiman got her 26th win in the opener, striking out a season-high 12 Eagle batters. She had two more strikeouts in the second game.
Sims posted a 27-7 mark in 2007.
The Pack won the opening game, 10-3, thanks to a school-record-tying seven home runs. Both Albertson and Sommer had two apiece in the contest and seniors Bethaney Wells, Dent and Grant had one apiece.
State now has 79 homers on the season, well ahead of the previous school record of 66 set in 2007.
"I never would have envisioned it," Rychcik said. "I think it is just a tribute to the players' belief in our hitting system and what we preach. They have completely bought into it and seen the success all through the lineup."
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