March 22, 2013
ACC Softball Stats (3/19/2013)
Saturday, March 23
Noon -- NC State at Virginia Tech | LiveStats
2 p.m. – NC State at Virginia Tech | LiveStats
Sunday, March 24
1 p.m. – NC State at Virginia Tech | LiveStats
Series record: Tech leads 13-10.
2012 results: Virginia Tech won 10-2, 4-2. (Game three in the series was rained out.)
RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State’s softball team continues its extended road stretch by traveling this weekend to Blacksburg, Va., to face No. 19 Virginia Tech at the Tech Softball Park.
The teams will play a doubleheader beginning at noon on Saturday and follow with a 1 p.m. single game on Sunday.
The Wolfpack (11-13-1 overall, 0-3 ACC) is coming off a trip to Fullerton, Calif., where it participated in the Judi Garman Classic, facing three ranked teams in its five games, falling to top-ranked Oklahoma 6-3, to No. 15 Michigan 1-0 in eight innings and to No. 10 Texas 7-4.
“We came back and gave our team an extra day off this week, since our first game is on Saturday,” said first-year head coach Shawn Rychcik. “I think that helped us recharge our batteries a little bit. We came back with good practices and are ready to go.”
Virginia Tech (18-4 overall, 0-0 ACC) also participated in the Judi Garman Classic, but the ACC foes did not face each other during the five-day tournament hosted by Cal State-Fullerton.
The Hokies won six of nine games during a nine-day trip to the West Coast, while competing in the Long Beach State Invitational and the Judi Garman. That included wins over No. 9 UCLA, No. 19 Arizona and No. 14 Michigan.
This is the second ACC series for the Wolfpack and the first for the Hokies, who have played their first 22 games of 2013 on the road.
The Pack has gotten consistent performances this season from sophomore shortstop Renada Davis, who leads the ACC with 12 home runs, and from junior outfielder Scout Albertson, who played her way into the starting lineup early in the season and leads the team with a .356 batting average. Junior Chelsea Tate and senior Caitlin Dent have also been key contributors to the Wolfpack offense.
“That’s been nice to see,” Rychcik said. “We are working to get more people consistent like that. We have faced some really good pitching over the last couple of weeks and that has slowed our offense down a little bit, but I think we have made some progress with our bats and at some point we will be rewarded for it.”
Virginia Tech will broadcast the games on its premium All-Access network.