Pack Softball Shuts Out UAB 4-0 in NCAA Regional Opener
May 16, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. – The NC State softball team moved into the winners bracket of the NCAA Athens (Ga.) Regional with a 4-0 win against UAB Friday afternoon at Jack Turner Stadium. With the win, the Wolfpack improves to 35-16 on the year while the Blazers fall to 31-26.
"I thought we did a terrific job today right off the bat,” said head coach Shawn Rychcik.” We got three quick outs [on defense] then loaded the bases [on offense]. I was really happy with that, but I wish we could have scored one in the first. We put some good pressure on them in the first couple of innings and finally broke through after a couple of innings.”
State broke through in the bottom of the third with three runs to take a 3-0 lead. Sophomore Hanna Sommer started the rally with a single up the middle and seniors Leah Jones and Scout Albertson followed with singles to load the bases. Chelsea Tate, a senior from Mission Viejo, Calif., drove in the first run of the game on a single down the third base line that bounced off of the base.
Nadia Kemp, who pinch ran for Sommer, scampered home to score and Jones slide safely into third base. Junior Sara Lippard walked to keep the bases loaded and plate the second run of the game before senior Kirsty Grant was hit-by-pitch scoring the third run of the inning.
Junior Renada Davis hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth to extend the Wolfpack lead to 4-0. It was her 18thhomer of the season and 49th of her career to tie for the program record with Jen Chamberlin.
"We just need to keep going up,” said Davis. “ That was a great win. Everybody was hitting great, everybody was fielding great, and our pitching staff did amazing. We just need to keep building off of that and keep working hard."
In the circle, junior Emily Weiman threw her 12th complete game shutout of the season to earn the win. She only allowed three hits (all singles) and just one hitter advanced past second base throughout the game. Weiman also fanned eight batters.
“I had really good command today,” said Weiman. “ I was really going in and away and throwing the hitters off a little bit mixing speeds. I played kind of my typical game and just stuck with the game plan.”
“We played good defense all the way through and we got some real good pitching from Emily [Weiman],” Rychcik added. “We had some good hits and an add-on run at the end. It was a really good effort. We played our kind of ball."
NC State will face the Georgia Bulldogs, who won the second game of the day against Chattanooga, on Saturday, May 17. First pitch is slated for noon at Jack Turner Stadium.