Pack Softball Scores All 16 Runs In 4th Inning In 2013 Home Opener
March 1, 2013
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RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State’s softball team sent 20 batters to the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning in its 2013 home opener against Stony Brook and produced all of its scoring in that frame in the 16-2, five-inning victory on Friday night at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Softball Stadium.
It was the last of four games on Friday on the first day of the 2013 Wolfpack Challenge, a five-team, three-day event hosted by first-year coach Shawn Rychcik and his squad.
The Wolfpack (8-5-1) trailed 2-0 going into its explosive inning, but freshman designated player Hanna Sommer led off with the first of four consecutive singles through the hole between shortstop and third base.
Chelsea Tate, Caitlin Dent and Leah Jones followed suit, as the Pack quickly tied the game on a couple of hits and a pair of wild pitches. Jones’ single gave her team the lead, and the floodgates quickly opened on three Stony Brook pitchers.
Sommer and Tate had three at-bats in the historic inning and each had a pair of hits with two RBIs. Eight of the nine players in the lineup got at least one hit, and catcher Kirsty Grant, Jones and Albertson all joined Sommer and Tate with two hits in the inning.
The Pack had just two base runners in its other three at-bats, a walk that was erased on a fielder’s choice and an error on the SeaWolves’ first baseman.
“It was good to see our team hit like that,” Rychcik said of his team’s 13-hit performance. “Hanna battled in a great at-bat to lead off the fourth inning and ended up getting the single to left field.
“That got things started for us and things just sort of snowballed from there.”
Rychcik was pleased that of the six players who drove in at least two runs in the Pack’s big inning, four of them were in the bottom half of the lineup: Jones, Wells, Albertson and freshman Lana Van Dyken.
“We got good, solid contact throughout the lineup,” the coach said. “It was good to see us break through like that.
“I can’t say as I’ve ever seen one of my teams put 16 runs on the board in one inning. That’s not a bad way to open our home schedule.”
Sophomore pitcher Emily Weiman (8-4) picked up her ACC-leading eighth win of the season, striking out six and issuing only one walk in the 20 batters she faced.
The Wolfpack will play twice on Saturday, in the second day of action in the Wolfpack Challenge, facing Kansas at 4:45 p.m. and North Carolina A&T at 7 p.m.
The Pack split with the Jayhawks earlier this season, losing 8-0 in six innings in the first meeting and winning 3-2 in the title game of the FIU Panther Invitational.
Kansas had a pair of one-hit shutouts on Friday, blanking North Carolina A&T 17-0 in the second game of the tournament and beating Stony Brook 12-0 in the third game. Lafayette beat N.C. A&T 3-1 in Friday’s opener.