Softball's Comeback Falls Short in Quarterfinals of ACC Championship
May 8, 2014
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The NC State softball team rallied late, but could not overcome a tough first inning and dropped an 8-4 decision against North Carolina Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the ACC Championship.
Trailing late in the contest, the Wolfpack rallied with four runs to trim the deficit. Senior Chelsea Tate was hit-by-pitch to start the fifth inning and junior Sara Lippard followed with a single to left field. Sophomore Lana Van Dyken's single loaded the bases Renada Davis. The junior shortstop ripped a two-RBI double to deep left field as the Pack narrowed the UNC lead to 7-2.
Senior Leah Jones pulled the Pack to within three following her seventh home run of the season, a two-run shot to left center to make the score 7-4. Sophomore Hanna Sommer was hit-by-pitch prior to Jones’ at-bat.
The Tar Heels jumped out to an early lead in the contest after plating five runs in the first inning after a couple singles and a grand slam by Kendra Lynch. UNC added two more runs in the top of the third and another in the top of the seventh following homers by Jenna Kelly and Amber Parrish.
NC State will now await the NCAA Selection Show, which will be broadcast live on ESPNU Sunday, May 11 at 10 p.m. to see if it will be apart of the 64-team field.