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    NC State softball travels to Winthrop Ringor Invitational.
    NC State softball travels to Winthrop Ringor Invitational.

    March 11, 2004

    RALEIGH, N.C. -

    NC State Softball at Winthrop Ringor Invitational
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    Winthrop Ringor Invitational * March 12-14 * Rock Hill, S.C. Wolfpack softball will travel to Rock Hill, S.C. for the Winthrop Ringor Invitational, March 12-14. NC State will play host Winthrop, Furman, Ohio State and Eastern Illinois, with a championship and consolation games to be played on Sunday, March 14.

    Winthrop (March 12 * 2 pm) The Eagles (11-9-1) thrive on offense by the bat of Janiva Willis, who leads the team in nine offensive categories, including average (.419), hits (26), doubles (9), homeruns (5) and slugging percentage (.871). As a team, Winthrop is 4-1 at home, and hits .284 as a team. From the circle, they are led by Kelli Johnson, whose 2.24 ERA and five wins leads the team, as does her 43 strikeouts to only 19 walks.

    Furman (March 12 * 8 pm) The Paladins are 2-19 on the season with a 2-14 mark in tournaments on the year. They are lead offensively by Joni Lockridge (.305, 18 hits) and by LaKerah Barr (.277, 18 hits, 13 SB). As a team, Furman has struckout 119 times while walking 41 times. Their team ERA is 3.49, with Rachel Henley's 1.76 ERA tops on the team. She has started 10 games, striking out 52 and walking 27 in 75.2 innings. Opponents are hitting .241 against her.

    Ohio State (March 13 * 2 pm) The Buckeyes are 7-6 on the season, and are led by Karisa Evans' .353 batting average and .471 slugging percentage. Megan Schwab leads the team with 13 hits and eight runs, while Jamee Juarez has a team leading 10 RBIs. From the circle, Chelsea baker has pitched 15 innings for a 0.46 ERA, while Juarez is 5-2 with a 1.79 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 43 innings of work. As a team, Ohio State's ERA is 1.79.

    Eastern Illinois (March 13 * 8 pm) The Panthers are led on offense by Sandyn Short's .439 average, and she has three of the teams four homeruns, and 10 of its 38 RBIs on the season. Her 18 hits also leads the team, as does her .810 slugging percentage. Pitching for the Panthers are Heather Hoeschen who has a 3-2 record and a .405 ERA. Brittany Whelan leads the team with a 2.96 ERA, and opponents are hitting .234 against her. She has struckout 19 batters while walking seven.

    Last At-Bat NC State split with James Madison on Wednesday, March 10, getting another strong performance from Abbie Sims, who hit her second homerun of the year for the go ahead run, and pitched a complete game shutout. She allowed only three hits, struck out 11 and walked two for her third straight win, 2-0. In game one, NC State fell 5-2 to the Dukes, as they broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth with a run before putting two more across the plate in the seventh.

    On Deck After the Winthrop Ringor Invitational, NC State will return home for back-to-back doubleheaders at Walnut Creek, hosting Marshall on 3/16 and Charlotte on 3/17. Both doubleheaders start at 2:00 pm and admission is FREE.

    Offensive Explosion At Home The offense has exploded over the last six games, all at Walnut Creek, as NC State played its first home games of the season. NC State has scored 23 of its 51 runs on the season at home in six games,45 percent of the scoring in only 35% of the total team games. As a team, NC State is hitting .288 at home, and has scored 23 runs, with seven homeruns in six games.

    Gelbard Getting It Done Heather Gelbard is getting it done at the plate, leading the Wolfpack in several offensive categories. Gelbard leads the team in hits (17), doubles (6), total bases (26) and slugging percentage (.491), and is second in runs (5) and RBIs (7). Her .321 batting average leads the team, as well. The starter at third base through the first 11 games, Gelbard moved to second for the Charleston Southern and James Madison doubleheaders and has started in 15 games.

    Sims Simply Special Abbie Sims leads NC State in eight statistical categories, five pitching and three batting (See inset). On top of that, on days when she's not pitching, she is the teams starting centerfielder and has commited only one error on the season. From the circle, Sims has been strong all year, and dominant over her last three starts. She has gone 3-0 while striking out 36 batters, allowing only one run on eight hits, and has walked only five while pitching three complete games, with back-to-back shutouts in her last two starts. in the eight games NC State has played at the Walnut Creek Softball Complex, Sims has gone 4-1 with a 0.22 ERA while allowing opponents to hit only .125, striking out 51 in 32.0 innings pitched, allowing only two runs to score, one of them earned.

    Sims Top Freshman Pitchers In the recent ACC Statistics (that do not count the Appalachian State or James Madison doubleheaders), Sims and Shaina Ervin are two of the top pitchers in the ACC, as freshman. Sims is seventh in ERA, the top mark for any ACC freshman pitcher. Her five wins rank in the top-10 in the conference, and Sims and Ervin are both in the top-10 for strikeouts.

    Power Ball NC State has hit seven homeruns in the six home games at Walnut Creek this year. In the first game against Charleston Southern, NC State hit three homeruns. Jen Chamberlin has three of the teams eight homeruns on the season, while Sims is second with two homeruns.

    Sister, Sister It's not double vision. It's twins. Freshmen Miranda and Shaina Ervin are twins. Miranda will wear No. 11, while Shaina wears No. 12. Miranda catches for Shaina. The two led Charlotte's Hopewell HS to two-straight 4-A state championships. The two shared the Championship MVP title and Shaina became the first player to be honored with the MVP award in both seasons. In her 48 innings pitched, she had 82 strikeouts and two no-hitters. Miranda went 12-21 with nine RBI during the tournament, which included a 5-6 at bat and seven RBI in the last two games.

    Wolfpack Makes Six Prior to this season, the ACC had just five teams including Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia. NC State's addition made it an even six. After the ACC expands, the conference will add Virginia Tech softball to the fray next season, and in 2005-06 Boston College will join the conference.

    Softball Home Games at Walnut Creek NC State will play all of its home games at the Walnut Creek Softball Complex for the 2004 season. The Wolfpack will return home after the Winthrop Ringor Invitational on March 16 & 17 for a pair of doubleheaders. Both days games will begin at 2 pm.



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