Pack Softball Travels to East Carolina on Wednesday for Doubleheader
March 26, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. –NC State’s softball team, fresh off its doubleheader sweep of No. 19 Virginia Tech, will travel to Greenville, N.C., on Wednesday for a doubleheader against East Carolina. Action is set to begin at 5 p.m. at the ECU Softball Stadium.
The Wolfpack (13-13-1 overall, 2-3 ACC) scored a pair of big wins over the Hokies on Saturday, taking 10-2 and 9-2 victories for the first doubleheader sweep of a ranked team since 2007. Sophomore pitcher Emily Weiman (12-12) and junior catcher Kirsty Grant were each named ACC Players of the Week for their performances in the two games.
Weiman was dominant in the circle against the Hokies, allowing just two earned runs and six hits in the two games.
Grant and senior outfielder Bethaney Wells both had five hits on the day. Grant added her second home run of the season, one of three that the Wolfpack hit on the day. Junior outfielder Scout Albertson hit a solo shot in the first inning of the first game to give the Pack a 1-0 lead and senior outfielder Caitlin Dent hit a grand slam in the second game for a 4-0 advantage.
“What we are looking to do this week is duplicate the kind of early hitting we had at Virginia Tech,” said first year coach Shawn Rychcik.“We want that same kind of aggressive attitude we took to the plate and the kind of preparation we had going into the series.”
The Pack is 8-5 all-time against the Pirates (9-20 overall) and have won three straight in the series, including a 9-3 win at home last year.
State will return home following Wednesday’s doubleheader and leave Thursday for its second ACC road trip, traveling to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech in a doubleheader on Friday and a single game on Saturday. That series will conclude a 12-game road trip that began with five games at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif., from March 14-16.
The Pack hosts Charlotte at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Softball Stadium on Wednesday, April 3, at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., followed by its second ACC home series when it hosts Maryland on April 4-5.
Keep up with the Wolfpack softball team on Twitter (@PackSoftball), via the NC State Softball Facebook page and at www.GoPack.com/Softball.
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