Softball Completes Sweep of BC With 4 More HRs; Weiman Sets Win Mark
April 28, 2013
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – NC State’s weekend offensive display against Boston College came to a grand conclusion on Sunday as the Wolfpack hit four more home runs, including two grand slams, to complete the three-game sweep of the Eagles with a 14-3, five-inning victory at Shea Field.
Sophomore righthander Emily Weiman, who had strong run support all weekend in the 10-3, 16-2 and 14-3 victories, got her ninth straight win to set the school single-season win mark at 28, surpassing the total set by former ACC Pitcher of the Year Abbie Sims in 2007.
As a team, the Pack (30-18-1 overall, 13-7 ACC) has won nine straight and 16 of its last 18 contests.
“Everybody on the team knew we had to win three games here this weekend and we came up and performed well,” said first-year head coach Shawn Rychcik. “Our bats were unbelievable all weekend.
“Our goal when we got off the plane was to get three wins and we’re all real happy that we got that.”
The Wolfpack win, coupled with North Carolina’s 8-1 win over Maryland on Sunday afternoon, put State in second place in the ACC standings, with one weekend of conference action remaining before the league tournament in Tallahassee, Fla., May 9-11.
However, both the Wolfpack and Tar Heels are off next weekend, while the league’s other teams will play a final three-game series against a league opponent, so seedings are not yet finalized.
In the Wolfpack’s final game of the regular season, sophomore shortstop Renada Davis hit the first grand slam of her career, her third homer of the weekend and her 24th round-tripper of the season with a bases-loaded shot over the centerfield wall in the top of the second inning. Her homer moved her into a tie for the NCAA lead with Longwood sophomore Megan Daltzell and two ahead of top-ranked Oklahoma’s Lauren Chamberlain.
It also tied her with teammate Bethaney Wells, who had a solo shot in the third inning, with 29 homers for her career, which is tied with former shortstop Shanna Smith for the second most in school history. Jennifer Chamberlain owns the school mark with 49.
Immediately after Davis’ homer, senior Caitlin Dent sent a pitch over the same spot on the wall Shea Field. It was Dent’s 13th homer of the season.
Wells added her solo shot over the right center wall, her seventh of the season, with one out in the third inning.
Later in the inning, freshman Hanna Sommer added the first grand slam of her career with a bases-loaded long fly over the centerfield wall. It was the third grand slam of the weekend for the Wolfpack, extending the school record total on the season to seven. The previous record was three in 2005.
Sommer, with her 10th homer of the season, became the fourth Wolfpack player to reach double-digit home runs on the year.
Davis drove in another run with a bases loaded walk, giving her five on the day. Dent added a run-scoring single immediately afterwards to cap off her 3-for-4, two-RBI outing.
Wells and junior first baseman Leah Jones joined Sommer and Dent in posting multiple-hit games.
For Weiman, the eighth consecutive win improved her record to 28-16. Sims was 27-7 in 2007.
“Emily has pitched great all season,” Rychcik said. “She’s the reason why we are in this position right now. I can’t say enough about how hard she has worked to get here.”
The Pack will take next weekend off while the rest of the league completes the regular-season and then head to Tallahassee for the conference championship.
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