Softball Drops a Pair at Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NC State dropped both games of a doubleheader at Charlotte, 3-1 and 6-2, at the D.L. Phillips Complex on Thursday, March 18.
The Wolfpack moves to 16-11 following play, while the 49ers climb to 18-3.
NC State fell 3-1 in the opening tilt, with Lindsay Campana (10-4) taking the loss and Emily Jeffery (11-2) grabbing the decision.
Charlotte quickly built a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Kendra McCall singled and took second when Breanna Andrews dropped Campana’s throw to second on a Serena Smith fielder’s choice back to the circle. Tenaya Tucker then lined a two-run double to center.
Briana Gwaltney added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI single.
The Wolfpack got its lone run in the top of the seventh when Bridget Desbois led off with a double and later scored on a Katie Mansilla groundout.
The 49ers kept its momentum rolling in game two, picking up a 6-2 victory. Katy Hackett (7-1) earned the win while Stephanie Call (5-2) suffered the loss.
Charlotte immediately plated an unearned run on two defensive miscues in the bottom of the first. Whitney Williams reached on a Call error in the circle, later scoring when Desbois booted a grounder at third.
The 49ers tacked on two more in the bottom portion of the third. Williams singled, swiped second and took third when McCall reached on a base hit. Williams then scored on a passed ball before Tucker drove McCall in with an RBI single.
Call helped her own cause to start the top of the fourth, crushing her 10th long ball of the year and trimming the score to 3-1.
Morgan Peeler took over in the circle for the Pack in the fourth inning, but Charlotte put up two more runs on three hits and an error. Lorena Vela scored from second when McCall singled to right and Kristine Bechtholdt misplayed the recovery. Tucker later plated another with an RBI base hit.
Charlotte got a final run in the bottom of the sixth when Keri Palma grounded out with the bases full.
The Pack clipped the 49ers lead to 6-2 in the top of the seventh when Toni Ann Williford singled to left and Allison Presnell scored from first on Williams’ fielding error.
NC State will host Virginia Tech over the weekend to open the ACC portion of its schedule.