Softball Hosts Virginia in ACC Opener Saturday
Feb. 28, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State softball team will open Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) play this weekend when it hosts the Virginia Cavaliers in a three-game series. The first two games of the weekend are set for Saturday, March 1 at 12 and 2 p.m. and will be broadcast live on GoPack.com/AllAccess, while Sunday’s game is slated for 12 p.m. at Dail Stadium.
“It’s conference time now, so we have to be ready to go,” said head coach Shawn Rychcik. “Hopefully, we can carry this momentum from the last four games into the weekend. We’ve had a couple good days of practice this week and we’ll be ready to go tomorrow.”
It will be the first time that the Wolfpack (5-6) has opened ACC play against the Cavaliers (2-11) since 2009, when the squad won two of three to start the conference schedule.
Last season, State defeated Virginia four times, sweeping the season series in Charlottesville, Va., and collecting a first round victory over the squad in the ACC Championship. The Pack owns a 19-14 advantage over UVA in the all-time series.
Junior Renada Davis has really been on a tear in the last few games, as the Tomball, Texas, native has compiled a .474 batting average with nine hits, including three home runs in the team’s last five games.
On the mound, junior Emily Weiman has been lights out in the last four games as she has collected the win and pitched a complete game in each contest. On Tuesday, she threw her second career no-hitter against St. Bonaventure with seven strikeouts. Hailing from Pasadena, Md., Weiman has tossed three consecutive shutouts versus IPFW, Albany and St. Bonaventure.
Last weekend, Virginia competed in the Mary Nutter Classic in Palm Springs, Calif., posting a 1-4 mark in the tournament. The Cavs lost three games to teams that the Pack has played this season also, Fresno State, Oregon and Oregon State.
Senior second baseman Marcy Bowdren leads the squad at the plate with a .407 batting average on the year, including two home runs and six RBI. In the circle, sophomore pitcher Aimee Chapdelaine collected both of the team’s wins, but she has also been the pitcher of record for 10 losses. She has given up 53 earned runs this season in 44 2/3 innings pitched for an earned run average (ERA) of 8.31.