Softball Looks to Continue Hot Hitting This Week
April 10, 2012
After compiling four very impressive offensive games last week, Wolfpack softball looks to continue packing a punch at the plate tomorrow as the squad takes on in-state foe Campbell. Action in the doubleheader begins at 4 p.m. at Dail Stadium.
The Wolfpack went 4-0 last week, defeating East Carolina decisively on Wednesday before sweeping Boston College over the weekend. In those four victories, State notched 43 hits, scored 36 runs and compiled a team batting average of .398. As a team, the Pack also smashed a total of seven home runs and four doubles and drove in 33 RBI.
State had five hitters post batting averages above the .400 mark, including Bethaney Wells (.417), Leah Jones (.444), Katie Mansilla (.500), Renada Davis (.700) and Chelsea Tate (.714). Five Pack players also notched four or more RBI, including Tate (4), Jones (4), Davis (5), Landon Warren (5) and Wells (8).
In the three-game set against ACC foe Boston College, Davis was only retired one time by the Eagles, good for an amazing .857 batting average. On Friday, Wells smashed two home runs in the first game of the doubleheader, then followed with her third blast of the day in the second game of the twinbill. Warren, too, got in on the action, lifting her first career grand slam on Friday, leading NC State (19-22) to two 10-3 victories over BC.
Wolfpack pitching also gave an impressive performance last week. Both freshman Emily Weiman (0.82) and senior Morgan Peeler (1.91) compiled an ERA below the 2.00 mark. Weiman racked up three of the Pack's four wins on the week, surrendering only two earned runs in 17.0 innings of work while striking out 21 batters. Peeler surrendered only seven hits in 11.0 innings of work and held opponents to a .189 batting average.
Campbell (20-20) went 3-2 last week, competing against only in-conference foes. The Fighting Camels are led offensively by Ericka Nesbitt, who owns a .395 batting average with 45 hits. Olivia Scarborough boasts the best ERA on the Camels' pitching staff, 1.54.
Earlier this season, the Wolfpack defeated Campbell by a score of 13-2 in five innings at the Red and Black Showcase in Athens, Ga.
Wednesday's doubleheader will serve as another community service initiative for the Pack, this time benefitting the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army seeks to come to the aid of many groups in Wake County, including the elderly, disabled, homeless, and underprivileged. The organization is in need of many different items such as gently used clothing, bed linens, towels, toiletries, baby items (diapers, bottles, etc) and healthy snacks. There will be collection bins placed at the entrance of Dail Stadium, and all fans are encouraged to help out.
Following tomorrow's twinbill, State softball returns to action Saturday and Sunday for a three-game ACC set versus North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C.
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