State Softball Readies for First ACC Meeting with Pittsburgh
March 7, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State softball team will face Pittsburgh as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) for the first time this weekend, when the Panthers visit Dail Stadium for a three-game series.
The doubleheader on Saturday, March 8 was originally set for noon, but has been pushed back until 2 p.m. to allow for adequate field drainage, while first pitch of Sunday’s contest is slated for noon. All three games will be broadcast live on GoPack.com/All-Access for premium subscription holders.
The Wolfpack (10-6, 3-0 ACC) enters the weekend on a nine-game winning streak, after finishing strong at the Citrus Classic and winning all six of its home games thus far. During the span, State is outscoring is opponents 49-9.
In its last outing, NC State handed No. 25 USC Upstate its first two losses of the season by sweeping a doubleheader on Wednesday. The first game of the doubleheader was a classic pitchers’ duel as both threw complete games. Fortunately for the Wolfpack, it scored a run in the bottom of the fifth and that provided to be the difference.
Freshman Molly Hutchison had a huge second game for State, smashing two home runs in the contest with a three-run blast in the first and a solo homer in the third inning. It was the first multi-homer game of her collegiate career and gave her a team-leading five home runs on the year.
The Wolfpack won the second game, 5-3, after tacking on another run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Junior Emily Weiman earned the win in the circle in the first game to run her record to 9-5 on the year, while freshman Courtney Mirabella picked up her first collegiate win in the second contest and Weiman relieved her in the sixth to be credited with the save.
NC State opened ACC play last weekend against Virginia and swept the Cavaliers in a three-game series. The Pack won the first game, 3-0, before winning the second and third games, 5-2 and 9-1, respectively.
The two have met three times previously, with Pitt holding a 2-1 edge in the series. The Wolfpack won the first meeting on Feb. 20, 2004, 5-4, but the Panthers have won the last two matchups, most recently on Feb. 25, 2012, a 5-2 win for Pitt.
Carly Thea leads the Panthers at the plate with a .400 batting average, including a team-leading 18 hits. Carissa Throckmorton is second on the team with 17 hits and a .321 batting average.
In the circle, Savannah King paces the squad in appearances (13) and games started (10). She has compiled a 5-5 record on the year with a 2.80 earned run average (ERA).