Softball Travels to Elon on Wednesday
April 23, 2013
Last meeting: Elon 7, NC State 1 (4/19/12)
Series record: NC State leads, 8-6
RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State’s red-hot softball team plays its final midweek game of the season on Wednesday when it travels to Elon for a single game at 6 p.m.
First-year head coach Shawn Rychcik and his team will look to improve on their in-state success against the Phoenix (15-28 overall, 5-13 Southern Conference), after going 8-2 in contests against North Carolina (2-1), East Carolina (1-1), Campbell (2-0), Charlotte (2-0) and North Carolina A&T (1-0) this season.
"I like to think our kids are playing really well right now," Rychcik said. "We just need to make sure we continue to do what we are doing. We've had good success against teams here in the state. This is another opportunity for us to dig our feet a little deeper in the state.
"They have a player, Tomeka Watson with 14 home runs, 22 stolen bases and 31 RBIs, who is obviously a threat in their lineup, and they have a couple of kids hitting over .300. But we mainly just need to worry about ourselves and play the way we have been playing, and I think good things will happen in the end."
Wednesday’s game will be available for free at the live stream link above.
The Wolfpack (26-18-1 overall, 10-7 ACC) has won 12 of its last 14 games, behind the pitching of sophomore righthander Emily Weiman and an offense that has blasted at least one home run in 19 of the team’s last 23 games.
Sophomore shortstop Renada Davis, who had her third two-homer game of the season in the opener against Virginia this past weekend, increased her school-record and ACC-leading total to 20 home runs. She is only the eighth player in ACC history to hit 20 or more in a single season.
Davis currently ranks third nationally behind Longwood’s Megan Baltzell (23) and Oklahoma’s Lauren Chamberlain (21). She also is fourth with 0.44 home runs per game.
The Pack has an ACC-leading 62 homers on the season and ranks 13th nationally at 1.38 homers per game.
Weiman (24-16), who was named the ACC Pitcher of the Week for the fourth time this season on Tuesday, has started and appeared in more games and pitched more innings than any pitcher in the ACC. She is ranked eighth nationally in wins and 14th nationally with 218 strikeouts.
The Pack concludes the 2013 regular season this weekend by traveling to Boston College for a three-game ACC series, with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. and a single game on Sunday beginning at noon. The Pack will then play in the ACC Championship May 10-12 in Tallahassee, Fla.