NC State Softball Ranked No. 29 in Final NFCA Poll
June 10, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State softball team received 15 votes in the final National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) poll of 2014 to finish just four spots shy of the top 25 at No. 29, released Tuesday by the organization.
The Wolfpack finished the season with a 36-18 record, including a 16-8 mark in ACC play. State advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season under head coach Shawn Rychcik and made history by becoming the first team from the state of North Carolina to win the first two games of an NCAA Regional, advancing to the final without a loss.
NC State was also the first team since 2005 to defeat a top-four national seed before a regional final with the Wolfpack’s 5-4 win against fourth-seeded Georgia.
During the season, the Pack received votes for the NFCA top-25 poll six different weeks, including four consecutive weeks from March 25 - April 15. The final ranking in the polls at No. 29 is the highest in program history, besting last year’s ranking of 31.
For the second year in a row, State broke several school records during the season. The 2014 squad finished with a team batting average of .275, the highest for any Wolfpack squad in program history. Its .357 on-base percentage ties as the best in school history as well.
The Pack also made history during the regular season by winning 14 straight games, breaking the previous school record of 13 consecutive games set by the 2013 team. The group also bested the program mark for home wins with 22 and home winning percentage with an .880 clip.