Softball Blows Away Eagles, 24-1
RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State softball set school records for runs and RBIs (15) in a 24-1 thrashing of NC Central at the Curtis & Jacqueline Dail Softball Stadium on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Eleven Wolfpack players recorded a hit, while 10 drove in runs. Morgan Peeler (1-0) picked up her first win, posting 10 K’s and allowing just two hits.
The win moves the Pack to 3-2, while the Eagles fall to 0-1.
NC Central committed five errors, leading to 13 unearned runs. Aurora Baker (0-1) took the loss, allowing 15 runs – three of which were earned.
Landon Warren set a new school record with four runs scored, while Claudia Cooper drove in three. Four players had more than one hit in the offensive explosion.
An errant throw gave the Pack two quick runs in the bottom of the first. Alyssa Allbritten lined a base hit up the middle and Claudia Cooper followed with a free pass. Stephanie Call then sent a potential inning-ending dribbler back to the circle, but Baker’s throw to first sailed wide, allowing both Allbritten and Cooper to score.
Seven hits and three Eagle errors led to a 13-run frame for the Wolfpack in the bottom of the second. Toni Ann Williford clubbed a leadoff standup double into left-center, scoring immediately when Warren doubled to dead center in the very next at-bat. A Katie Mansilla single put runners on the corners, and Warren came home on a double steal.
An Alyssa Ishibashi grounder to short enabled Mansilla to take third, and she scored on a Lauren Peters grounder to third when Shamika Chavis-Hodge threw the ball away. An Allbritten single and a walk to Cooper loaded the bags for Call, who sent a routine grounder to third. But Chavis-Hodge was unable to come up with a play, allowing two more runs to come in. Caitlin Dent inflicted further damage by placing a two-run single down the line in left.
Bridget Desbois piled it on with a two-run pinch-hit single up the middle, while the Pack got two more runs on a poor throw from second to first by Kaitlin Kramer. Allison Presnell added the final two runs with a single up the middle.
The Pack scored five more times in the bottom of the third. An Alicia Abbott single and back-to-back fielder’s choices from Krystal Hawkins and Breanna Andrews gave the Pack three more runs. Cooper made it 19-0 with single through the left side, and NC State got another run when Kramer bobbled a force throw at second on a fielder’s choice with the bases juiced.
Desanbra Franklin put NCCU on the board in the top of the fourth with a solo stroke over the fence in dead center.
The Pack added four more runs as the offense stayed hot in the bottom of the fourth, with Hawkins and Andrews smacking RBI singles, and Cooper mashing a two-run tater over the wall in left.
NC State will head to Tampa, Fla., for the La Quinta Inn & Suites Tournament, Feb. 19-21.