Softball Set for Final Regular Season Tournament
RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State softball will take part in its final regular season tournament at the Winthrop/adidas Invitational in Rock Hill, S.C., this weekend, March 12-14. The Wolfpack will face Eastern Kentucky, Delaware State, North Carolina A&T, North Florida and Winthrop.
The Pack is 7-2 all-time vs. its competition, holding winning series records over Winthrop (4-1), North Florida (2-1) and Delaware State (1-0). NC State faced North Florida earlier this season, grabbing a 7-0 win at the FIU Combat Classic during its season-opening weekend.
Eastern Kentucky and North Carolina A&T have never met with the Pack on the diamond.
NC State holds a 13-9 record after splitting a doubleheader at Campbell this past Wednesday. Landon Warren and Stephanie Call have paved the way for the Wolfpack in the batter’s box all season long, consistently providing hits and runs. Warren’s .379 batting clip, 25 hits, 16 runs scored and five doubles all are team bests, while Call’s .754 slugging percentage, eight home runs and 21 RBIs are also high marks. Claudia Cooper has thrived in the DP roll, driving in 11 runs with two long balls.
Call (4-1) has also won three-straight starts in the circle for the Pack, but Lindsay Campana (8-3) has been the workhorse. Campana’s 0.58 ERA throughout 73 innings includes just six earned runs. She has fanned 112 batters, and ranks in the top third within the ACC in nearly every pitching statistic.
Eastern Kentucky (4-13) started its year on a nine-game skid, but has since won three of its last four games. Diane Gallagher leads the Colonels at the plate with a .375 batting average, while Raquel Howes (13) Jena Handley (10) and Ashley Dollins (10) have combined for 33 of the team’s 45 RBIs.
Delaware State has played just eight games, compiling a 6-2 record with both losses coming at the hands of ACC foe Virginia. The Hornets have scored nine or more runs in all of their wins, but went scoreless in both losses to the Cavaliers. Jordan Reid (.588) and Tawny Reeger (.517) are both batting over .500, while Amber Coburn (3-0) has yet to drop a contest in the circle.
North Carolina A&T carries an 8-1 record after a two-game sweep of St. Bonaventure this weekend in Greensboro. Yahamma White, Ryanne Hill, Hope Fletcher and Bianca Alsobrook all had two or more RBIs throughout the weekend, while Jennifer Luper (4-1) and Sasha Philpot (4-0) both earned victories.
North Florida (8-14) won four of five games at the Buzz Classic this weekend and split a doubleheader with Memphis this past Wednesday. Caroline Torre is batting .294 for the Ospreys with 14 RBIs, while Devyn Findley has 10. Findley (7-7) has also won seven games in the circle, striking out 113 batters in 87 innings of work for a 1.85 ERA.
Tournament host Winthrop is 10-5 after winning four straight. The Eagles were supposed to play a single game against Charlotte this past Wednesday, but that contest was rescheduled due to weather issues. Pearl Coleshill is hitting .435 with 20 hits in 46 at-bats, including three doubles, one triple, one long ball and seven RBIs. Ashleigh Jackson leads the team in RBIs with 11, while Cari Wooldridge (5-4, 1.75 ERA) and Megan Evans (4-1, 2.16 ERA) have worked most of the innings for the pitching staff.
NC State will play a midweek doubleheader next week at Charlotte before opening ACC play at home with Virginia Tech over the weekend.