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    Pack Softball Earns Doubleheader Sweep of Virginia, 10-1, 10-0

    April 20, 2013

    Pack Wins First Game 10-1 With 4 HRs, 2 Big Doubles
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    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - NC State's softball team scored four unearned runs in the fifth inning and junior Scout Albertson hit the team's school-record fourth grand slam of the season in the top of the sixth as the Pack finished off a doubleheader sweep of Virginia with a 10-0 victory in six innings.

    The red-hot Pack (25-18-1 overall, 9-7 ACC) took the first game 10-1 and has now won 11 of its last 13 games. First-year head coach Shawn Rychcik's team is moving up the ACC standings, after securing its third consecutive series win in league play. The Pack and Cavaliers conclude the series on Sunday at noon.

    Sophomore righthander Emily Weiman (23-16) dominated the Cavaliers, allowing only two hits in the shutout victory. Her season win total ties Abbie Sims' total from 2006 for the second most in a single season. Sims owns the school record with her 27 victories in 2007.

    Both of Weiman's hits came in the bottom of the second, the first on an infield shot that bounced off Weiman's leg to shortstop Renada Davis and the second on a two-out liner to rightfield. But she ended the inning on an easy groundout to second base.

    "Em wasn't as sharp in the first game as the second," said first-year head coach Shawn Rychcik. "It was a long, emotional week for everyone and we sort of started slow in both games. But other than a couple of hard shots right back at her early in the second game, she was pretty much in control.

    "I was really impressed with the way she pitched."

    The Pack offense was cruising all day, posting 10 runs in both games and improving its record to 10-0 when scoring in double figures.

    Sophomore shortstop Renada Davis, who had a pair of solo homers in the first game to up her ACC-leading and school-record total to 20, got on base to lead off four different innings in the second contest, twice on Cavalier errors, once on a double and once on an infield single.

    Freshman Lana Van Dyken added a single, double and triple in the game and finished the day 5-for-8 with three RBIs and three extra-base hits.

    Albertson homered in both games of the twinbill and now has seven on the season.

    In the fifth inning, the Pack loaded the bases on a pair of Virginia errors and a walk. Senior Bethaney Wells drove in the first run of the inning with a sacrifice fly. Leah Jones added another run with a sac fly after Albertson reloaded the bases with a walk.

    Van Dyken drove in the next two runs with a double to leftfield.

    "We were just kind of grinding it out in the first few innings and then they made a couple of mistakes," Rychcik said. "We kept moving runners around, and moving them around and before we knew it, we were up 4-0.

    "We kept putting pressure on them."

    The Pack loaded the bases in the sixth on an infield hit by Davis, a walk by Dent and a single by Chelsea Tate. Albertson, who has homered in three of her last six games, added the Wolfpack's 62nd homer and fourth grand slam of season to break the previous record set in 2005.

    "Scout had the big blast that put us home free," Rychcik said. "That was a good job by our offense. Our kids have to be believing and trusting that we can put big numbers up in any given inning."

    State as now hit at least one home run in 19 of its last 22 games.

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