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    Softball Primed for Mid-week Tilt with No. 25 USC Upstate
     
    Senior Kirsty Grant
    Senior Kirsty Grant
     

    March 4, 2014

    RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State softball team will face a ranked opponent or team receiving votes in the top-25 poll for the seventh time this season when it hosts No. 25 USC Upstate in a doubleheader on Wednesday at Dail Stadium. Games times are 4 and 6 p.m. 

    Wednesday’s contest will be the first meeting between the two programs.

    The Wolfpack (8-6) enters the contest on a six-game winning streak, highlighted by four shutout wins and two mercy rule victories. Last week, the squad posted a 4-0 record, including a three-game series sweep against Virginia and a 15-0 rout of St. Bonaventure.

    State received contributions from several different players during the week, headlined by senior Chelsea Tate and junior Renada Davis. Both had six hits during the four-game span, with Davis hitting three home runs and Tate smashing two.

    Monday the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) office announced Davis as the ACC Player of the Week. It was the second time she has received the honor in her career and the first since April 30, 2013.

    As a team, the Pack hit .372 during the four games with 35 hits, 32 runs scored, 27 runs batted in (RBI) and seven home runs.

    In the circle, junior Emily Weiman has been shouldering the load, throwing complete games in the last four contests. During that span, she has compiled a 4-0 record in 24 innings pitched with 19 strikeouts and a 0.88 earned run average (ERA). She was chosen as the College Sports Madness ACC Player of the Week earlier today.

    QUOTES FROM HEAD COACH Shawn Rychcik
    Opening Statement...
    “USC Upstate will be a very tough opponent and they’re ranked in the top 25 now, so it should be a good test. I think they’ve proven to some people that they’re a good team. I’ve had some experience with them in the past and they usually pitch really well. We probably won’t score eight or nine runs against them.  It will likely be a couple of close ballgames.” 

    On the team’s progress this season…
    “We’re a couple of games behind schedule due to canceling our trip to Arkansas, but hopefully we continue to get better and better. We’ve been playing well the last few game and we're going to have to be ready to go tomorrow.” 

    SCOUTING USC UPSTATE
    The USC Upstate Spartans are undefeated on the 2014 season and enter Wednesday’s game the owner of a 19-0 record and No. 25 listing in both the NFCA/USA Today and ESPN.com/USA Softball polls. Upstate swept a three-game series against Jacksonville this past weekend to open Atlantic Sun Conference play 3-0.

    The Wolfpack and Spartans share a common opponent this season in the form of the Virginia Cavaliers. USC Upstate beat Virginia twice (6-1, 8-0) and NC State defeated the Cavs three times (3-0, 5-2, 9-1). 

    Upstate has been very tough at the plate, as the squad has compiled a team batting average of .353 on the year. The Spartans have also scored 124 runs, while limiting their opponents to just 22.

    Junior Shellie Robinson leads the team offensively with a .508 batting average, including 31 hits, 28 RBI, 23 runs scored and 10 home runs. Classmate Maddison Kieffer is second on the squad in hitting with a batting average of .400, highlighted by 11 RBI, four doubles and two round-trippers.

    In the circle, three different players have pitched for Upstate. Freshman Lexi Shubert leads the way in innings pitched (53), appearances (11), wins (9) and earned run average (0.79).

     

     


     

     

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