Pack Comes Out Swinging, Wins Rain-Interrupted Game over JMU, 6-4
May 19, 2013
Note: NC State will now face Tennessee at 1:30 p.m. in the first of two possible NCAA Knoxville Regional championship games.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – After a 13-hour, 14-minute break for a rain postponement, NC State’s softball team quickly dispatched James Madison on Sunday morning, scoring two runs in the final three innings of the NCAA Knoxville Regional to break a 4-4 tie from Saturday night.
The Pack won the weather-interrupted contest by a score of 6-4, thanks to a solo homer by freshman Hanna Sommer, her 11th of the season, immediately after play resumed and back-to-back doubles in the seventh inning by junior catcher Kirsty Grant and sophomore shortstop Renada Davis.
“That was a perfect way for us to come out,” said first-year head coach Shawn Rychcik. “We got a run early and then added to the lead with an insurance run.”
“You never know how a delay like that will affect you, but I thought we came out swinging and did a good job. Hanna’s hit was exactly what we needed.”
On Saturday, the Wolfpack lost a heartbreaking 1-0 decision in 11 innings against Tennessee and then started the elimination game later that night against James Madison.
After the Pack took a 4-1 lead in the second inning, the Dukes responded with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. As soon as that inning ended, however, the rain that had stopped the day’s other two games became heavier and the tarp was rolled on the field.
Following a 1:13 delay, the game was postponed until Sunday morning.
The Pack came to bat first and Sommer laced a two-out homer over the left-center wall, her 11th home run of the season, one away from the NC State freshman home run record.
Sophomore pitcher Emily Weiman, who has pitched all 24 2/3 innings the Pack has played in the regional, allowed just one hit in Sunday’s three inning, a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh. She finished the game with eight hits, no walks and four strikeouts, while allowing only two earned runs.
The Pack’s six runs are the most in school history in an NCAA Regional game. On Saturday night, the Pack scored four runs in the second inning to erase JMU’s early 1-0 lead, with the big blow coming from senior outfielder Caitlin Dent, whose single to right field and subsequent error by the JMU outfielder scored both Davis and Leah Jones.
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