Second-Seeded Pack Will Face UVA Thursday at #ACCSB Championship
May 5, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State's softball team, winners of its last nine regular-season games and 16 of its final 18 contests, earned the second seed in this week's ACC Softball Championship, to be played Thursday-Saturday at JoAnne Graf Field in Tallahassee, Fla.
The Wolfpack (30-18-1 overall, 13-7 ACC) will face seventh-seeded Virginia at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday in the second of four games on the day. It will be broadcast on the ACC's Regional Sports Network (RSN) and ESPN3. The winners will advance to Friday's semifinals and the winners there will advance to Saturday's championship game.
The Pack swept a three-game series with the Cavaliers (21-27, 4-17) in Charlottesville, Va., in April, winning by a combined score of 22-1.
"The kids are unbelievably excited about the opportunity they have this coming week," said first-year head coach Shawn Rychcik, whose team was picked to finish sixth in a preseason poll of coaches. "We had the last weekend of the season off, and they came in and had four great practices, even while they were taking their final exams.
"They are eager to play again and keep the season going in the postseason."
Under Rychcik, the Pack won five of its seven ACC series this season, including sweeps of Virginia Tech, Virginia and Boston College. The Pack also won two of three against Maryland and North Carolina to take those series.
The offensively potent Pack led the ACC with a school-record 83 home runs and sophomore shortstop Renada Davis finished the regular season as the national co-leader with 24 homers. Senior Caitlin Dent, junior Scout Albertson and freshman Hanna Sommer also had double-digit homers as the Pack shattered the previous mark of 66 home runs, set in 2007.
The Pack also has had outstanding pitching all season long with sophomore righthander Emily Weiman (28-16) carrying the bulk of the load. She leads the ACC in appearances and innings pitched and is tied for the league lead and third nationally in wins.
All seven of this week's games will be broadcast on ESPN2, ESPN3 or the league's regional networks. Thursday's first two games at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. will be carried by both RSN and ESPN3, with the night games at 5 and 7:30 p.m. on ESPN3. Friday's semifinals will be on RSN at 1 and 3:30 p.m., and the championship on Saturday at 6 p.m. can be seen on ESPN2.
Tickets are available for $5 for adults and $3 for youth 18 and under for each day. ACC students with a valid school ID get in free. For more information on the 2013 ACC Softball Championship, visit http://theacc.co/SBChamp.
2013 ACC Softball Championship Schedule
Friday, May 10
Saturday, May 11