Softball to Host UNCW in Doubleheader on Wednesday
April 15, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State softball team has been dominant in games played at Dail Stadium this season and the squad will look to continue that trend on Wednesday, April 16 when it plays UNCW in a doubleheader at home. The first game is set to begin at 4 p.m. with the second game to follow.
Both games will be streamed live on GoPack All-Access free of charge to viewers.
The Wolfpack (26-11) has compiled a 19-1 record in home games this season and has outscored opponents 127-42 during that span. The squad is currently on a five-game home winning streak with its last and only home defeat of the season on Saturday, March 22 to Virginia Tech.
In its last outing, the Pack split a pair of games in Gainesville, Fla., against Florida A&M and the host Florida Gators. State defeated FAMU in five innings, 5-0, but dropped the second contest of the day to the fifth-ranked Gators.
Freshman Courtney Mirabella threw the first no-hitter of her collegiate career against Florida A&M and the second of the season for the Wolfpack. The Bradenton, Fla. native said she felt very relaxed and confident pitching in her home state again.
Junior Renada Davis continues to lead NC State at the plate, as she has a team-best .348 batting average and also leads the team in hits with 39. Kirsty Grant, a senior from Oakville, Ontario, Canada, is second on the team with a .345 clip, while Lana Van Dyken is second on the team in hits with 32.
State is a team that likes to strike the first blow and is 20-3 on the year when scoring the first run of the game. In addition, the team is 22-1 when limiting its opponent to three runs or fewer.
NC State and UNCW have met six times on the softball diamond with each team winning three games in the series. State swept a doubleheader in the last meeting between the teams on April 21, 2010.
Elon serves as the only common opponent between the two teams, as State defeated the Phoenix, 13-5, and UNCW dropped an 8-3 decision to Elon.
Senior Brittany Gamby leads the team in hitting with a .308 batting average and a team-best 33 hits, while freshman Nella Chamblee is second on the squad with a .287 clip and 29 hits.
In the circle, freshman Peyton Jordan and Casey Rowland have split the workload making 26 and 25 appearances, respectively. Jordan is 7-12 with a 3.93 earned run average (ERA) and Rowland has an ERA of 2.45 with a 9-8 record.