Chamberlin Ties ACC Homer Record as Softball Wins, 4-2
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – NC State used nine hits and three solo home runs to down Boston College, 4-2, in the first of two games on Saturday, April 7, in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The win moves the moves to Pack 25-16 (5-5 ACC) on the season, while the Eagles fall to 6-13 (2-5 ACC). Abbie Sims (16-5) tossed the win, collecting 13 strikeouts. Sims now stands seven k’s short of becoming just the fifth ACC player to record 1,000 fanned batters. Brittney Thomson (4-6) took the loss for BC.
Jen Chamberlin tied former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Tara Knudsen for the all-time ACC home run record with her 46th career blast, a solo shot to left, in the top of the first.
The Eagles tied things up on an Amy Tunstall RBI single up the middle in the bottom of the second.
Thompson helped her own cause with a leadoff home run down the left field line in the bottom of the fourth, putting BC up 2-1.
Allison Presnell stroked another solo dinger to dead-center in the top of the sixth, knotting the score at 2-2.
State took over in the top of the seventh, scoring two runs on three hits. Gelbard nailed the Pack’s third solo home run of the game, giving the Wolfpack the lead at 3-2. Blair Harkey then reached first on an infield base hit and took second on a Chamberlin groundout. Sims and Presnell followed with back-to-back walks, loading the bases for Shanna Smith, who brought Harkey across the plate with a single through the left side.
Sims sat down BC in order, one-two-three, in the bottom of the seventh.
NC State and Boston College will play the second game of today’s doubleheader at 3:30 p.m.