Davis Hits 2 Home Runs, Weiman Pitches Shutout in Softball's 7-0 Win
May 9, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - NC State's two first-team All-ACC selections came up big in the Wolfpack's opening round 7-0 victory over Virginia on Thursday, extending the Pack winning streak to 10 consecutive games and 17 wins in its last 19 contests.
The Wolfpack (31-18-1 overall) will now face Virginia Tech at 1 p.m. in the first of two Friday semifinals, a game that can be seen on ESPN3 and the ACC's Regional Sports Networks. The winners of those games will meet at 6 p.m. on Saturday in the title game.
Sophomore shortstop Renada Davis, who was named first-team All-ACC for the second consecutive year when the team was announced on Tuesday, blasted two home runs against the Cavs, the fifth time this season she's gone deep in a game. With a two-run shot in the fifth and a three-run shot in the sixth, she increased her school-record and ACC-leading total to 26 on the season.
Her perfect for 3-for-3 day helped her tie the ACC Championship record with five RBIs in a single tournament game, set by former NC State catcher Miranda Ervin during the Wolfpack's run to the title in 2006.
Sophomore righthander Emily Weiman, named NC State's first ever ACC Pitcher of the Year and first-team All-ACC on Tuesday, threw her seventh shutout of the season, despite loading the bases with two out in the top of the seventh inning on a pair of walks and a hit batsman.
Weiman (29-16) allowed just three hits and three walks in the game. After Virginia put runners on second and third in the third inning with two out, Weiman mowed down 12 consecutive Cavaliers, until loading the bases in the seventh.
By then, her lead had grown from a precarious 1-0 lead to a comfortable 7-0 lead, thanks to Davis' homers in back-to-back at-bats. It's the second time in the Pack's three games that she's hit two out of the park.
"The hardest game to win in a tournament like this is the first one," said first-year head coach Shawn Rychcik. "It was especially hard since it's been 10 days since our last game and everybody on the team has been through final exams.
"Emily took a few innings to warm up and it was a pretty good pitcher's game for the first few innings. But we were patient at the plate, kept getting good at bats and got the offense going at the end."
The Wolfpack loaded the bases in the bottom of the first inning as Davis extended her hitting streak to 10 consecutive games with a single to left field. Her streak matches the second longest in school history and Chelsea Tate's 10-game streak from earlier this season.Senior Caitlin Dent and Tate followed with walks and junior outfielder Scout Albertson gave the Pack a 1-0 lead with a sacrifice fly to left field.
"That was an important run for us," Rychcik said. "To come out and get on the board early like that was huge for Emily. She settled herself down and really got going."
The victory over the Cavaliers, in the first ever postseason meeting between the two teams, was the Pack's first win in the ACC Championship since 2008.
The Wolfpack won its two regular-season games against the then-No. 19 Hokies during the regular season in Blacksburg, Va., 10-2 in the first game of a doubleheader and 9-3 in the second. The third game was snowed out.