NC State sweeps a three-game series against a ranked ACC opponent for first time in program history
Among the many records broken in a three-game sweep over Boston College were the ACC records for home runs in a game (8) and most total bases in a game (45).
For head coach Shawn Rychcik and his staff, this weekend's return to Boston College is a homecoming to their Beantown roots. The Pack (27-18-1 overall, 10-7 ACC) plays at Boston College in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday and a single game on Sunday beginning at noon.
Versatile junior Chelsea Tate gives an insider's view into the 2013 NC State Softball season.
Freshman Hanna Sommer's solo homer gives NC State the lead and sophomore pitcher Emily Weiman picks up her fourth win in three days for the Wolfpack, which improved to 4-1 on the season.
Katie Grimes enters her third season as an assistant coach on NC State head coach Shawn Rychcik's staff. She serves as the team's hitting coach and also works with the outfielders.
The Wolfpack's offensive numbers have seen a dramatic increase since Grimes joined the program. The 2014 squad broke the school record with a team batting average of .275.
In the past two seasons, State's home run totals have been the highest in program history. The 2013 team set a school record with 88 and the 2014 squad smashed the second best clip in school history with 67. NC State has led the ACC in home runs both seasons Grimes has served as the hitting coach.
Grimes helped Pack shortstop Renada Davis turn in a career season in 2014, as she broke the school record for highest batting average with a .375 clip. She was also selected to the All-ACC team for the second consecutive year.
Her presence was immediately felt with the program as the team saw a spike in many offensive categories from 2012 to 2013. In particular, Grimes worked to alter and fine-tune some of the player's swings, which resulted in the squad hitting 88 home runs - the most in the ACC and tied for the sixth-best total in the nation.
That team's home run total was also a new program best. It topped the previous year's tally (35) by more than 50 homers. Other offensive numbers that increased due to Grimes and the Wolfpack coaching staff were team batting average (.266), runs scored (288) and hits (398).
In 2013, NC State led the ACC in slugging percentage with an average of .491. The squad also posted the third-best mark in the league in total bases with 736.
Under her leadership, Davis broke the school record with 26 homers. Davis' mark was the best among league opponents and tied as the second-best total in the nation.
Davis along with outfielder Caitlin Dent and catcher Kirsty Grant earned All-ACC honors for their performances in 2013.
Grimes spent two seasons on coach Shawn Rychcik's staff at Boston University, one as a volunteer assistant and the second as a full-time assistant. While in Boston, Grimes worked with the team's pitchers, outfielders and hitters; served as the first base coach; and handled recruiting, scouting and summer camps.
She handles similar duties with the Wolfpack.
A native of Tampa, Grimes played collegiate softball at Hawaii from 2007-10 and was a four-year starter at catcher. Grimes helped lead Hawaii to a pair of Western Athletics Conference titles, two NCAA regional championships (2007, '10) and the school's first-ever berth in the College World Series (2010).
She was named the WAC Freshman of the Year in 2007 and to the WAC All-Tournament team in 2010. As a senior, she had a career-high .282 batting average, with five doubles, 11 home runs, 41 RBIs and a .497 slugging percentage.
Grimes earned WAC All-Academic honors in each of her four seasons. She earned a bachelor's of science degree in psychology in 2010 and added a master's of education degree in counseling, sport psychology, from Boston University in 2012.