Pack Dominates 'Hoos in Charlottesville
April 28, 2012
NC State softball put up a season-high 14 runs in game two of a doubleheader split with Virginia today in Charlottesville, Va. The Pack dropped the first contest in the twinbill 2-0, but responded with a resounding 14-4 victory in game two.
Emily Weiman picked up the win the second game after surrendering two runs off of two hits and striking out six Virginia hitters, and Renada Davis went 3-for-4 with four RBI to lead the Pack at the plate.
The Wolfpack offense exploded in the first inning of game two. Landon Warren was hit by a pitch to lead off the game, then Toni Ann Williford laid down a nice sacrifice bunt, and reached base on a Virginia error. Davis then belted a double in the gap, plating Warren and giving the Pack runners on second and third with no outs. Bethaney Wells, Scout Albertson and Chelsea Tate then each reached on a fielder's choice, Caitlin Dent drew a walk and Sara Lippard was hit by a pitch. Kirsty Grant followed with the biggest blow of the inning, a three-run triple, which scored Albertson, Lippard and Tate. Grant also scored on the play thanks to Virginia's second defensive miscue of the frame. After batting around in the first, State held a 7-0 lead over the Cavaliers.
Wells opened the second inning by belting a double in the gap, then Dent followed with her first base knock of the day, putting runners on first and second for Albertson. She then took Stephanie Coates' offering deep over the outfield wall for her fifth home run of the 2012 season. The three-run shot extended the Pack's lead to 10-0 over Virginia.
Warren and Williford notched back-to-back base hits to lead off the third inning. Davis followed by smashing her fifth home run of the season, a three-run shot, to give the Pack a 13-0 lead over the Cavaliers.
Weiman retired the Hoos in order in both the second and third innings. In the bottom of the fourth, Weiman allowed a walk to open the frame, but then fanned the next three Virginia hitters to preserve the 13-0 Pack lead.
The Pack posted another run and took a 14-0 lead in the fifth inning thanks to a Wells sacrifice fly.
Weiman carried a no-hitter and shutout into the fifth inning when Marcy Bowdren belted her sixth home run of the season to put the 'Hoos on the board at 14-1. Jade Hennig came on in relief of Weiman later in the frame, and in two thirds of an inning, surrendered two runs off of two hits.
Morgan Peeler took the loss in game one despite throwing an excellent game. In six innings of work, she surrendered only four hits and struck out three Virginia hitters.
Williford went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the Pack offensively.
Williford notched the Pack's first hit of the game in the first inning but Davis and Wells retired to end the frame for State, with the game remaining scoreless.
Virginia scored one run off of one hit in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead over the Wolfpack.
Williford posted her second base knock of the contest to open the fourth inning. Davis then laid down a nicely placed sacrifice bunt to move her to second with one out in the frame. Next, Wells was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with one out, but the Pack offense was unable to push the run across, and State continued to trail the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers took advantage of two infield hits in the fourth inning to extend their lead to 2-0.
Davis smoked a single with two outs in the sixth inning, but she was caught stealing second for the third out in the frame. Heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Wolfpack trailed Virginia 2-0.
Peeler retired the Cavaliers in order in the bottom of the sixth. Heading into the seventh inning, State trailed UVa 2-0.
Wells opened the top of the seventh by roping a line dive base hit. She was replaced by pinch runner Kelsey Hoover, who then moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Dent. The next two Pack hitters, though, could not score Hoover and the game ended with a Pack defeat.
State softball returns to action tomorrow for its final game of the regular season against Virginia. First pitch in the contest is scheduled for noon in Charlottesville, Va.