Wolfpack Softball Shuts Out Syracuse, 7-0, to Sweep Doubleheader
April 6, 2014
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The NC State softball team swept a doubleheader at Syracuse on Sunday afternoon with a dominating performance in the second game to defeat the Orange, 7-0. The game was called after the sixth inning when the clock approached 4 p.m. to accommodate travel plans for State.
The Wolfpack (23-10, 12-4 ACC) wasted little time taking the lead in the second game of the day, as junior Renada Davis led off with a double to right center and scored on an RBI groundout from Molly Hutchison. State added three more runs to its total in the top of the second to take a 4-0 lead.
“It was good to get a lead early,” said head coach Shawn Rychcik. “Emily [Weiman] got things going in the circle and we were able to get her some run support. We kept adding runs from there and Emily was dominant. When we play the way we did today, we’re tough to beat.”
Emily Weiman was terrific in the second game of the doubleheader, as she did not allow a hitter to get past first base. She collected eight strikeouts in the contest, did not walk a batter and only allowed five hits. It was the junior hurler’s 10th complete game shutout of the year.
Seniors Leah Jones and Chelsea Tate hit back-to-back singles in the second inning, before Scout Albertson laced a single through the left side to score Jones from third. Tate, who moved over to third on Albertson’s hit, scored on a sacrifice fly from Lana Van Dyken to make it 3-0.
After Davis walked, Kirsty Grant laced a single past the Syracuse (13-18, 6-7 ACC) third baseman to plate Albertson from third base and chase starting pitcher Lindsey Larkin. Christina Clermont came in to relieve Larkin and retired the next batter to escape the inning.
In the top of the fourth, Tate led off the frame with a double to deep center field that kicked off the base of the fence. She scored on Davis’ RBI single up the middle to make 5-0.
“I just wanted to step up for my team,” said Tate. “I’ve been struggling lately, so I was just trying to make solid contact and drive the ball.”
State tacked on two additional runs in the sixth when Jones singled to open the inning and Tate followed with a two-run blast that hit off the scoreboard in left field. It was her fourth home run of the season.
Tate led the team in hitting with three hits in three plate appearances, scoring three runs and driving in two more. Jones went 2-for-3 in the second contest to finish the day 5-for-7 with two home runs. Albertson, Davis, Grant and Van Dyken also tallied a hit in the game.
NC State will return to action at home on Wednesday, April 9 with a doubleheader against East Carolina. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m. with the second game to follow.