State Softball Heads to Maryland for ACC Championship
May 7, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - After a great run in the 2013 ACC Championship that culminated in winning the title game, the NC State softball team will look to make a similar run in the 2014 ACC Championship. The three-day event begins on Thursday, May 8 and runs through Saturday, May 10 in College Park, Md.
The Wolfpack will be the fourth seed in the tournament and begin play on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. against fifth-seeded North Carolina. It will be the fourth time that the teams have played this season with the first three meetings coming just a few weeks ago.
NC State owns an 11-12 all-time record in the ACC Championship, including a 4-2 mark in games played against North Carolina. The Tar Heels won the last meeting in the tournament in 2010 with a 7-1 win, but the Wolfpack won the last ACC Championship game played between the teams in College Park, Md., 1-0.
Last season, the Wolfpack earned the second seed in the championship and cruised through the field before defeating Florida State in the title game, 1-0. It was the program's second ACC Championship in school history and first since 2006.
Thursday's game will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and Regional Sports Network, with no blackouts to occur on ESPN3. It will air on Fox Sports Carolinas, which are channels 50 and 318 for Time Warner Cable customers, Fox Sports San Diego on Dish Network (channel 408) and Fox Sports Carolinas channel 646 on DirecTV.
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INSIDE THE NUMBERS
State is 28-0 on the season when recording more hits than its opponent and is 30-1 when leading the game after the fourth inning.
As a team, the Pack leads the conference and is 11th in the NCAA with 1.27 home runs per game.
DOUBLE OR NOTHING
Most recently, the Wolfpack hit two home runs in an inning against Charlotte in the second game of the doubleheader.
DAVIS RED HOT
During that span, she has a batting average of .484 with 15 hits in 31 at-bats, including five home runs and seven runs batted in.
Earlier this season she had a nine game hitting streak spanning from the second game of the doubleheader against Virginia Tech to the Florida A&M game before having it end against No. 6 Florida.
SCOUTING NORTH CAROLINA
UNC's last outing of the season was against NC State, as the Wolfpack took two of three from the Tar Heels on their senior weekend.
Sophomore Aquilla Mateen leads the Tar Heels in hitting with a .401 batting average, highlighted by a team-best 59 hits. Jenna Kelly is second on the team in hits with 49 to go along with a .340 batting average.
In the circle, senior Lori Spingola paces the group with a 3.46 earned run average (ERA) in 178 innings pitched. She has compiled a 17-14 record to this point in the season.