Softball Bounces Back with 6-1 Win Over Boston College
April 19, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State softball team sent its seniors out on a high note as the Wolfpack collected a 6-1 win against Boston College on Saturday afternoon at Dail Stadium. State completes its 2014 home slate with a 22-3 record.
“I thought we responded really well today after a tough day yesterday,” said head coach Shawn Rychcik. “We had a good game plan today and we executed it. We took advantage of a few pitches up in the zone and we were able to put some runs on the board.”
The Wolfpack (29-13, 13-6 ACC) struck first in the contest with a run in the bottom of the second after an RBI single by junior Sara Lippard. Sophomore Hanna Sommer added to the Pack’s total the following inning with a solo homer to straight away center field, her fifth of the season to make the score 2-0.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Wolfpack went up 6-0 following back-to-back home runs from seniors Leah Jones and Chelsea Tate. Jones’ blast to left field was her sixth of the season and scored Sommer who singled prior to her at-bat. Tate smashed an 0-1 delivery over the left field fence for her seventh round-tripper of the season.
Boston College (25-19, 9-11 ACC) plated its lone run of the contest in the top of the seventh after a leadoff single by Jessie Daulton and a sacrifice fly from Taylor Coroneos to plate Daulton from third base.
Emily Weiman earned the win in the circle for the Pack to run her record to 24-10 on the season. She only allowed three hits in the contest, two of which came in the top of the seventh. The second hitter of the BC first recorded a bunt single and Weiman was in control from that point on.
The junior hurler escaped a bases loaded jam in the top of the first after Boston College drew two walks and dropped down a bunt single. She forced BC’s cleanup hitter to ground into a fielder’s choice followed by a popout to shortstop and a swinging strikeout. She did not allow a base runner from the third to the sixth, retiring 13 straight during that span.
“Emily [Weiman] escaping the bases loaded jam in the top of the first was a huge momentum shift for us,” Rychcik added. “The rest of the way she was really good and only gave up a few hits in the top of the seventh, so I was real happy with her performance.”
State used a balanced offensive attack at the plate as Jones, Sommer, Tate and sophomore Lana Van Dyken each had two hits in the game. Davis and Lippard chipped in with a hit apiece.
NC State will return to action on Tuesday, April 22 when it travels to Notre Dame for a midweek doubleheader. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. with the second game to follow.