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    Caitlin Dent
    Caitlin Dent
     

    May 11, 2013

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    NC State (32-18-1 overall) vs. Florida State (41-15)
    6 p.m. | ESPN2
    NC State vs. FSU in ACC Championship: 1-2
    All-time series vs. Florida State: 9-23
    2013 vs. Florida State (March 9-10)
            Florida State 4, NC State 0
            Florida State 11, NC State 1 (5 inn.)
            Florida State 2, NC State 0

    The Last Meeting
    Florida State2
    NC State0
    March 10, 2013
    Raleigh, N.C.
    Pack Softball Falls 2-0 in Pitchers' Duel
    The Seminoles get a solo homer in the second and a run-scoring single in the third to beat sophomore pitcher Emily Weiman, who struck out eight batters on the day. The Pack travels to Fullerton, Calif., next weekend for the Judy Garmin Classic.

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- With a 7-0 win over Virginia and a 3-1 win over Virginia Tech in the first two rounds of the ACC Championship, the Wolfpack has qualified for its third ACC Championship game in the 10-year history of the program.

    The Pack won the 2006 title in Chapel Hill,  N.C., in just its third year as a varsity program. It lost to Virginia Tech 2-0 in the 2008 title game in College Park, Md.

    Thursday’s win over the Cavaliers ended the Wolfpack’s five-game losing streak in the tournament and was the first win ever for every member of the team.

    Friday’s win against the Hokies improved the Pack’s all-time record in the tournament to 10-12, including five wins en route to the 2006 title.

    NC State and Florida State have faced each other three previous times in the tournament, with the Seminoles handing the Pack a 6-0 loss in 2006 when the tournament was a double-elimination event. The Pack went on to win that championship with two wins over North Carolina and a 4-1 win over the Seminoles in the title game.

    The only other meeting between the two schools was last year in Chapel Hill, when FSU scored a 6-2 win to eliminate the Wolfpack.

    Earlier this season, Florida State swept three games over the Pack at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Softball Stadium. The Seminoles took the Saturday doubleheader with 4-0 and 11-1 wins and the Sunday finale 2-0.

    NC State, 2006 ACC Champions

    A recap of NC State’s 4-1 victory over Florida State in the 2006 ACC title game:

    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (May 14, 2006) --Junior pitcher Shaina Ervin went five strong innings in relief and was nearly unhittable as No. 23 NC State defeated Florida State to win its first ACC Championship. Ervin struck out 10 and allowed just two hits in five innings, earning tournament Most Valuable Player honors.
    At one point, Ervin retired nine straight Seminole batters. She closed out the game by striking out two of FSU’s final three batters to end the game.
    The Wolfpack offense rapped out nine hits, including homers by Shanna Smith and Jen Chamberlain and three hits by Megan Dalthorp, jumping on the Seminoles with four runs in the first two innings.
    The Wolfpack won the regular season title and the ACC Championship title in its third season as a program and received the ACC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

    Shaina Ervin was named the MVP of the ACC Championship, and Miranda Ervin and Shanna Smith were both named to the all-tournament team. Shaina Ervin was 3-0 in the ACC Championship with a 0.64 ERA and a save in 22 innings pitched. She fanned 31 batters and walked just three, allowing nine hits in four appearances. Miranda Ervin hit .389 with three home runs and set an ACC Championship record with 10 RBIs.

    Smith hit two home runs, a triple and hit .357 in the tournament.

    Surging Pack
    After its first ACC series (against Florida State) and a trip to the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif., the Wolfpack was 11-13-1, with eight consecutive losses. Beginning with a doubleheader sweep of Virginia Tech, the Wolfpack caught fire at the end of the season. With two wins in the ACC Championship, the Pack has now won 11 in a row and 18 of its last 20.

    The Pack, picked to finish sixth in a preseason poll of ACC coaches, won five of its seven ACC series, including sweeps over then-No. 19 Virginia Tech (2-0), Virginia (3-0) and Boston College (3-0).

    It also won two of three against North Carolina and Maryland to earn its highest ACC Championship seed since 2007.

    Sunshine State return
    In each of its three trips to Florida for tournaments, the Wolfpack has advanced to the title game.
    The Pack opened the season in February by winning the FIU Panther Invitational with a 3-2 win over Kansas in the championship game in Miami. The next weekend, it faced No. 4 Tennessee in the championship game of the USF 4-Team Tournament in Tampa, falling 8-2 to the Volunteers.
    Wolfpack seniors Katie Mansilla of Pembroke Pines, Fla., and Caitlin Dent of Boynton Beach, Fla., are both Sunshine State natives and junior catcher Kirsty Grant of Oakville, Ontario, Canada, is a former JUCO All-American at Tallahassee Junior College who transferred to NC State prior to the 2012 season.


    April, the kindest month
    The Pack posted a 15-2 record in April, a .882 winning percentage that ranks as the second highest monthly winning percentage in school history. In 2007, the Pack posted a .895 winning percentage with its 17-2 mark in March.

    The Pack’s 15 wins this April is the fourth most ever in a single month, behind the 21 wins in March 2006, 18 in February 2005 and March 2004 and 17 in March 2007.

    Our State
    With an 11-0 victory over Elon on April 24, the Wolfpack finished the regular season with a 9-2 record against in-state teams this season.

    Power hungry
    As a team, the 2013 Wolfpack is the most offensively potent squad in school history. The Pack blasted 83 homers in the regular season, easily surpassing the previous record of 66 set in 2007. State had just 65 homers in its previous two seasons, with 30 in 2011 and 35 in 2012.

    Sophomore slugger Renada Davis kept the hot streak alive with a pair of homers in Thursday’s 7-0 win over Virginia and senior Caitlin Dent added another against Virginia Tech, raising the team total to 86 on the season.

    The team also blew by the school record for slugging percentage with an overall total of .518.

    In its final four games of the regular season, the Pack smacked 21 homers, including 15 in a doubleheader against Boston College. That’s the second most ever by an NCAA team in a single day, one shy of the record set by Texas-San Antonio against Texas Southern on April 1, 2004.

    State has more than doubled the previous school record for grand slams with seven. Senior Caitlin Dent and junior Scout Albertson have each hit two, while junior Kirsty Grant, sophomore Renada Davis and freshman Hanna Sommer all hit one. In each case, it was the player’s first career grand slam.

    The previous school record was three, set in 2005.

    Home runs in bunches
    The Pack set the stage for its home-run surge by hitting four in its season opener against Georgetown. It has hit at least four in eight games this season and multiple homers 21 times, including 10 of its last 15 contests. State finished the regular season ranked third nationally with 1.59 home runs per game.

    It has had at least one in 36 games this season, including 26 of its last 30 contests.


     

     

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