Softball Falls to Florida State
May 10, 2012
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - NC State softball dropped its first ACC Tournament game to Florida State today at Anderson Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Seminoles notched five runs in the first inning and took advantage of 13 walks issued by Pack pitching to defeat NC State 6-2.
The Wolfpack offense showcased its bright future in the loss, when freshmen notched half of the squad's hits. Renada Davis, the ACC Freshman of the Year, went 1-for-3 in the contest, and Sara Lippard went 1-for-1.
Morgan Peeler started the game in the circle for the Wolfpack, but was chased from the contest after surrendering five runs off of one hit and four walks in the bottom of the first inning. She was relieved by freshman Emily Weiman in that frame. In 5.2 innings of work, Weiman surrendered one earned run off of five hits, but walked nine Seminole hitters.
Davis notched State's first hit of the game in the first inning with two outs, but the Pack offense was unable to push the run across in the frame.
Florida State took advantage of one hit and four walks issued by Peeler to take a 5-0 lead over the Wolfpack in the bottom of the first inning.
With two outs in the second inning, freshman Lippard posted the Pack's second hit of the contest, roping a line drive to the outfield. Weiman then settled in in the bottom half of the frame, retiring the Seminoles in order on nine pitches.
In the bottom of the third inning, Weiman walked the bases loaded, but got the Seminoles to ground out twice to end the frame, keeping the score at 5-0.
Katie Mansilla drew a walk to open the fifth inning. The next batter, Leah Jones, was hit by the ball out of the box for the first out of the frame. Kirsty Grant then stepped to the plate with one runner on and one out in the inning, and lifted a fly ball deep to the outfield for the second out. Mansilla, though, was then doubled off on the bases for the final out of the frame.
The Seminoles increased their lead to 6-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning off of one base hit and three walks issued by Weiman.
Landon Warren reached base to lead off the sixth inning, but Florida State pitcher Monica Perry retired the next three Wolfpack hitters to end the State threat in the inning.
Caitlin Dent drew a walk to open the seventh inning, then moved to third on back-to-back base hits by Katie Mansilla and Chelsea Tate to load the bases for Grant with one out. Grant then reached on a Florida State error, putting the Pack on the board at 6-1. Warren then fanned for the second out of the inning, but the Pack offense was not done scoring. The next batter, Toni Ann Williford, laced a sharp line drive that was dropped by Florida State, plating Mansilla and cutting the score to 6-2. Davis then popped out to end the game with the bases loaded.