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    Softball Readies for First ACC Meeting at Syracuse
     
    Junior Emily Weiman
    Junior Emily Weiman
     

    April 4, 2014

    RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State softball team will head north this weekend to Syracuse, N.Y., for its first Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) meeting with the Syracuse Orange. Saturday's doubleheader is set for 1 p.m., while Sunday's series finale will begin at noon.

    It will be the third all-time meeting between the two schools with State having won the previous two matchups. The Wolfpack defeated Syracuse 8-0 (5) in the first meeting in 2006 and won its second game against the Orange in 2008, 2-0.

    The Wolfpack (21-10, 10-4 ACC) defeated the Campbell Camels in its last outing on Wednesday evening at Dail Stadium by a score of 4-2. The squad used back-to-back home runs to open the bottom of the first inning and never trailed in the contest.

    Junior Renada Davis put the Pack ahead 1-0 with her fourth leadoff homer of the season. Senior Kirsty Grant, who was batting second in the lineup for the first time this season, followed with a solo homer of her own to give the Wolfpack a 2-0 advantage after just two batters. 

    For the season, NC State is 17-3 when scoring the first run of a game. The squad has also outscored opponents in the first inning 28-7. 

    State is currently second in the ACC standings with its 10-4 record, while Syracuse is fifth with a conference mark of 6-5. 

    SCOUTING SYRACUSE 
    The Syracuse Orange enters the weekend with a 13-16 record on the season, including a 6-5 mark in ACC action. The squad split a doubleheader at Maryland in its last outing on Wednesday, taking the first game, 9-4, before dropping the second game 7-6.

    Nicole Lundsrom leads the Orange at the plate with a batting average of .366 and a team-leading 30 hits on the season. Corinne Ozanne is second on the squad with a .341 clip and 29 hits, including four home runs. 


     

     

    In the circle, Sydney O'Hara has shouldered the load by starting 14 of the team's games this season. She has appeared in 21 games this season and compiled a 10-6 record with a 3.35 earned run average (ERA).  

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