Hutchison Homers Twice in Collegiate Debut
Feb. 7, 2014
TEMPE, Ariz. – Freshman Molly Hutchison homered in each game of NC State softball’s doubleheader on Thursday against Oregon State and No. 22 Stanford, but the Wolfpack was unable to secure a victory in either contest. The Pack dropped a 6-2 decision to Oregon State in its first game of the day, before falling to the 22nd-ranked Stanford Cardinal in the nightcap, 9-1.
Oregon State struck first against the Wolfpack, scoring two runs in the first inning after a few singles by the Beavers’ offense. Senior Scout Albertson reached on a fielder’s choice in the third inning and advanced to second base on a single by Leah Jones, before Hutchison drove Albertson in on a single to center field.
With two outs in the fifth inning, Hutchison sent the first pitch she saw from Oregon State’s Alleyah Armendariz sailing over the right-center field fence for her first collegiate home run. The Pack put more runners on base in the fifth and then again in the sixth, but could not score another run.
Kirsty Grant, a senior from Ontario, Canada, went 3-for-4 in the contest with two doubles. Hutchison recorded two hits and drove in both runs for the Wolfpack.
Junior Emily Weiman started in the circle for State and collected five strikeouts, before she was relieved by freshman Courtney Mirabella. Mirabella pitched two scoreless innings, striking out three hitters and only allowed one hit.
In the second game of the day, NC State took the lead in the top of the second inning after Hutchison blasted her second home run of the day, this time over the left field fence. Stanford knotted the score at one in the bottom of the third, after a Wolfpack miscue kept the inning alive.
The Cardinal used a two-run homer from Kayla Bonstrom to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth, 3-1, before Stanford broke the game open with eight runs in the frame.
Hutchison led the Pack at the plate in the second game with a 2-for-2 outing, while Grant and sophomore Lana Van Dyken each had one hit. Mirabella started the second game in the circle and was relieved by Weiman, before she was replaced by Chelsea Stanfield.
NC State returns to action in the Kajikawa Classic on Friday, Feb. 7, when it takes on Fresno State at 7 p.m. EST, followed by a contest against No. 8 Arizona State at 9:30 p.m. EST.