Pack Softball Begins New Era in 2013 Season Opener
Feb. 7, 2013
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MIAMI -- The NC State softball team comes out swinging to open the 2013 season on Friday, when it participates in the four-team Florida International Panther Invitational in Miami at the FIU Softball Complex.
Under the direction of first-year head coach Shawn Rychcik, the Wolfpack is looking for a new start in the program's 10th season. Rychcik and his roster of 14 players will participate in five tournaments to open the season, including the Wolfpack Challenge at the Dail Softball Stadium March 1-3.
Friday, the Pack will face Georgetown at 11 a.m., followed by a 1:30 p.m. contest against Kansas.
Sophomore Emily Weiman and freshman Chelsea Stanfield will pitch for the Wolfpack. Last season, Weiman posted a 14-18 record with a 2.65 earned run average in her first season in the program. She struck out 210 batters in her 208 1/3 innings, with 92 walks.
Stanfield, in her final prep season, helped Franklin (N.C.) High School posted a 17-3 record, a 0.85 earned run average and and had 134 strikeouts. The left-handed pitcher was twice named her conference player of the year and the Western North Carolina Player of the Year.
"We're still learning about our team, specifically how they will react in game situations," Rychcik said. "We had seven games in the fall to get to know each other and have been working hard to install our system since we started practice on Jan. 7.
"We still have a lot to learn about each other and how we play together and that's what we will do in these early season tournaments."
Seniors Caitlin Dent and Katie Mansilla will begin their final season with the Wolfpack by returning home, where they began their softball careers. Dent, the projected starter in centerfield, is a native of Boynton Beach, Fla., where she played at Park Vista High School. Mansilla, the Pack's second baseman, is from Pembroke Pines, Fla., where she played at Archbishop McCarthy High School.
The Pack's only other senior, outfielder Bethaney Wells, hails from Harrisburg, N.C.