Softball to Host Twin Bill Against In-state Foe East Carolina
April 8, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State softball team will host its third in-state opponent of the season when the East Carolina Pirates visit Dail Stadium Wednesday afternoon. Game one of the doubleheader is set for 4 p.m. with the second game to follow.
The Wolfpack (23-10, 12-4 ACC) owns a 9-6 all-time record against the Pirates. Last year, the teams’ split the twinbill with ECU taking the first game, 5-2, and State winning the second game, 5-3.
NC State has been very dominant at home this season, posting a 17-1 mark in contests played on its home field. The Pack has scored 115 runs at home this season, while limiting its opponents to just 36 runs. State has also hit 23 of its 35 home runs at Dail Stadium and has given up just nine round-trippers to visiting teams.
Scoring first in games is something the Wolfpack has become accustomed to as it has plated the first run in 21 games this season, boasting an 18-3 record in those contests. In addition, the Pack has been extremely productive in the first and second innings, outscoring opponents 51-16.
After 33 games played this season, State’s 23-10 record is the best for the program since 2006 when the squad had an identical mark after the same number of games.
In its last outing, NC State swept a doubleheader at Syracuse to earn its 11th and 12th conference wins of the year. The Wolfpack earned a come-from-behind win in the first game after trailing, 5-4, heading to the top of the seventh. State plated four runs in the frame and held on to win, 8-6.
The Wolfpack was dominant in the second game of the day to claim a 7-0 win against the Orange.
SCOUTING EAST CAROLINA
The Pirates and the Wolfpack share only one common opponent this season, in the form of the Albany Great Danes. State defeated Albany, 2-0, while ECU topped the Great Danes, 7-6.
Senior Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin is the team’s leading hitter with 40 hits on the season and a batting average of .357 as the Pirates leadoff hitter. Classmate Shelby Johnson is second on the squad with 36 hits and a .356 clip at the plate.
In the circle, junior Sarah Christian leads the staff with a 14-5 record, including 12 complete games and two shutouts. She has allowed 49 earned runs in 131.1 innings pitched to compile a 2.61 earned run average (ERA).