Pack Softball Concludes Conference Slate at UNC This Weekend
April 25, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State softball team will conclude its Atlantic Coast Conference regular season slate this weekend when it makes the short trip over to Chapel Hill to face North Carolina. Saturday’s doubleheader is set for 1 p.m. and Sunday’s series finale will begin at the same time from Anderson Stadium.
The Wolfpack and Tar Heels have met 34 times in the history of the two programs with each team winning 17 games in the series, including last season when NC State won two of three meetings in a series played at Dail Stadium.
North Carolina (22-23, 13-9 ACC) won the first game of the 2013 series, 2-1, but NC State (30-14, 14-7 ACC) won the other two contests on walk-off home runs. Then-senior Caitlin Dent hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to give the Wolfpack an 11-8 win in game two. In the final game of the series, junior Renada Davis smashed a three-run blast in the bottom of the seventh to lift State to a 3-1 win.
In its most recent outing, the Pack split a doubleheader at No. 21 Notre Dame in the first meeting between the two teams. The Irish won the first game in walk-off fashion on a bloop hit to center field, 3-2, but the Wolfpack bounced back in game two with a 6-2 win.
It was the 14th opponent the Pack has faced this season that was either ranked in the top-25 poll or receiving votes for the poll. State’s tough schedule earned the squad a No. 32 listing in the most recent NCAA RPI rankings released on Monday.
On the season, the Wolfpack is 26-0 when recording more hits than its opponent. The squad is also 29-1 when leading after the fourth inning of a game.
The first inning of games have been extremely kind to the Pack this season as the team is outscoring opponents 42-16 in the opening frame of a contest.
SCOUTING NORTH CAROLINA
In UNC’s last outing, the squad lost a 4-3 decision to then-No. 6 Alabama at home on Friday, April 18.
Senior Aquilla Mateen leads the Tar Heels in hitting with a .396 batting average, highlighted by a team-best 55 hits. Jenna Kelly is second on the team in hits with 47 to go along with a .353 batting average.
In the circle, senior Lori Spingola paces the group with a 3.23 earned run average (ERA) in 162.2 innings pitched. She has compiled a 16-12 record to this point in the season.