Wolfpack Softball Rallies for 7-5 Win in Game One at UNC
April 26, 2014
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The NC State softball team rallied from a four-run deficit with five runs in the top of the sixth and two more in the seventh to an earn a 7-5 comeback win in game one of a doubleheader at North Carolina on Saturday afternoon at Anderson Stadium.
“I’m really proud of the way we hit the ball,” said head coach Shawn Rychcik. “We finally woke up in that fifth inning and swung the bats well from then on out."
Freshman Tyler Ross delivered a huge pinch-hit home run in the top of the sixth to put the Wolfpack ahead 5-4. After getting down in the count 0-2, the Cameron, N.C. native fought off a couple pitches before hitting the two-run homer to left field on a 1-2 pitch.
“I just wanted to go up to the plate and help my teammates out,” Ross said in regards to her at-bat. “Emily [Weiman] was pitching a good game and I just wanted to get her some run support.”
“Tyler’s [Ross] at-bat in the game was huge,” Rychcik added. “It was essentially the game winner because it put us in the lead for good.”
Molly Hutchison, a freshman from San Diego, Calif., started the rally with a single past the UNC shortstop, which was the first hit of the game for the Wolfpack against North Carolina starter Lori Spingola (16-13). Hutchison’s single was the start of a huge inning for the Pack as sophomore Hanna Sommer was hit-by-pitch before a double by senior Leah Jones scored Hutchison and Sommer to make it 4-2.
State trimmed the lead to 4-3 on an RBI single by junior Sara Lippard to plate Jones from second base, before Ross’ homer made it 5-4.
Hutchison extended the Pack’s lead the following inning with a two-run blast to left center, scoring junior Renada Davis who singled to start the seventh.
UNC scored two runs in the second and an additional two runs in the fifth to jump out to a 4-0 lead. The Tar Heels plated an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh but could not mount a comeback.
Junior Emily Weiman started the game in the circle and earned the win to improve to 26-11 on the year. She struck out three batters in a complete game effort only allowing four earned runs.