State Softball Welcomes Virginia Tech for Three-Game Series
March 21, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State softball team will look to extend its school record 13-game home winning streak this weekend when it hosts the Virginia Tech Hokies. Saturday’s doubleheader is slated for noon with the second game to follow. The series finale on Sunday is also set for a noon first pitch.
Both games of the doubleheader will be broadcast live on GoPack All-Access free of charge to viewers.
The Wolfpack and Hokies have met 26 times in the programs’ history with each squad having won 13 games in the series. Last season, the Pack swept Saturday’s doubleheader before Sunday’s contest was cancelled due to inclement weather. The two teams also met again in the semifinals of the ACC Championship with State earning a 3-1 victory to advance to the championship game.
In the Wolfpack’s (17-9, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) last outing on Wednesday, the squad won both games of the doubleheader against Georgia Tech. It marked the first time that the Pack has swept the season series against the Yellow Jackets since 2008.
Senior Leah Jones paced the squad at the plate in the doubleheader as the Stedman, N.C., native was 5-for-7 with a double and three runs batted in (RBI). Classmate Kirsty Grant also had a strong day in the batter’s box with a 4-for-6 performance, highlighted by three runs scored, two doubles and two RBI.
Hannah Yeager, a freshman from Los Gatos, Calif., hit her first collegiate home run in the second game of the doubleheader as the Wolfpack opened up a 10-3 advantage. The Pack batted around in the inning for the third time this season.
In the circle, junior Emily Weiman picked up both wins to run her record on the season to 15-8. Freshman Courtney Mirabella appeared in game two of the doubleheader and pitched the final two innings to earn first career save. She struck out five hitters in six total outs recorded.
SCOUTING VIRGINIA TECH
The Virginia Tech Hokies enter the weekend with a 15-12 overall record on the season, including a 4-4 mark in ACC play. The Hokies swept a doubleheader against Morgan State in their last outing on Wednesday.
Last weekend, the Hokies took two of three from the 23rd-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish in Blacksburg, Va.
Vanessa Gonzalez leads the squad at the plate with a batting average of .424 on the year with 28 hits. Kylie McGoldrick owns a team-leading 29 hits and has compiled a .372 batting average, highlighted by seven home runs.
In the circle, Maggie Tyler paces the team with 19 appearances and 15 games started. She owns a 7-4 record on the season with 3.02 earned run average (ERA) in 88 innings pitched.