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    Pack Softball Travels to East Carolina on Wednesday for Doubleheader
     
    Senior Bethaney Wells
    Senior Bethaney Wells
     

    March 26, 2013

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    RALEIGH, N.C. –NC State’s softball team, fresh off its doubleheader sweep of No. 19 Virginia Tech, will travel to Greenville, N.C., on Wednesday for a doubleheader against East Carolina. Action is set to begin at 5 p.m. at the ECU Softball Stadium.

    The Wolfpack (13-13-1 overall, 2-3 ACC) scored a pair of big wins over the Hokies on Saturday, taking 10-2 and 9-2 victories for the first doubleheader sweep of a ranked team since 2007. Sophomore pitcher Emily Weiman (12-12) and junior catcher Kirsty Grant were each named ACC Players of the Week for their performances in the two games.

    Weiman was dominant in the circle against the Hokies, allowing just two earned runs and six hits in the two games.

    Grant and senior outfielder Bethaney Wells both had five hits on the day. Grant added her second home run of the season, one of three that the Wolfpack hit on the day. Junior outfielder Scout Albertson hit a solo shot in the first inning of the first game to give the Pack a 1-0 lead and senior outfielder Caitlin Dent hit a grand slam in the second game for a 4-0 advantage.


     

     

    “What we are looking to do this week is duplicate the kind of early hitting we had at Virginia Tech,” said first year coach Shawn Rychcik.“We want that same kind of aggressive attitude we took to the plate and the kind of preparation we had going into the series.”

    The Pack is 8-5 all-time against the Pirates (9-20 overall) and have won three straight in the series, including a 9-3 win at home last year.

    State will return home following Wednesday’s doubleheader and leave Thursday for its second ACC road trip, traveling to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech in a doubleheader on Friday and a single game on Saturday. That series will conclude a 12-game road trip that began with five games at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif., from March 14-16.

    The Pack hosts Charlotte at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Softball Stadium on Wednesday, April 3, at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., followed by its second ACC home series when it hosts Maryland on April 4-5.

    Keep up with the Wolfpack softball team on Twitter (@PackSoftball), via the NC State Softball Facebook page and at www.GoPack.com/Softball.

    Stats and Rankings:

    · Sophomore Renada Davis continues to lead the ACC with 12 home runs. Florida State’s Courtney Senas and Kelly Hensley both trail Davis by one. Nationally, Davis ranks 8th, trailing NCAA-leader Lauren Chamberlain of Oklahoma by four.
    ·  As a team, the Wolfpack ranks 12th nationally with 1.26 home runs per game.
    · The NC State pitching staff has the second lowest ERA (2.54) of the eight ACC teams and has allowed the fewest walks (51) and the second fewest home runs (11) of any squad in the league.
    · Albertson, in her first week of reaching the league’s minimum number of at-bats to qualify, ranks sixth in the ACC with a .369 batting average.
    · Weiman leads the league in innings pitched (143 1/3) and games started (25) so far this season. She is second in wins (12) and fifth in strikeouts (118).
    · The Wolfpack’s seven home runs, 20 RBIs and 41 total bases against North Carolina A&T (3/2) are the most by an ACC team this season in those statistical categories.

    Record-Setting March:

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    The 10-2 win over No. 19 Virginia Tech (3/22) was the first time in the 10-year history of the program that the Wolfpack run-ruled a ranked opponent.
    · The Pack hit a school-record seven home runs in a 20-0 victory over North Carolina A&T (3/3).
    · Albertson became the first player in school history to hit four home runs on the same day when she hit two against Kansas and two against North Carolina A&T (3/2).
    · Caitlin Dent became the second Wolfpack player to hit two grand slams in the same season, with bases-loaded homers against North Carolina A&T (3/2) and Virginia Tech (3/23). Abbie Sims had two grand slams in 2005, the second year of the program, against Delaware State and North Carolina.
    · Davis tied a school record when she hit home runs in three consecutive games, against Kansas, North Carolina A&T and Lafayette (3/2-3/3).

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