Pack Softball Returns Home to Host Doubleheader Vs. Charlotte
April 2, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. – With a recent 12-game road trip behind it, the NC State softball team will begin its second homestand of the season on Wednesday, when it hosts Charlotte in a doubleheader that begins at 4 p.m. at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Stadium.
The second game will begin 30 minutes after the completion of the first.
Following the Wolfpack Challenge and the Pack’s ACC-opening series against Florida State, the Wolfpack (15-16-1 overall, 3-5 ACC) played in the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif., followed by a snow-shortened trip to Blacksburg, Va., to face Virginia Tech, a non-conference doubleheader at East Carolina and a road trip to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech.
The Pack will now play eight of its next 10 games at home, beginning with the two games against the 49ers and a pair of ACC series against Maryland and North Carolina. The only road trip in that stretch is a doubleheader at Campbell next Wednesday.
“Playing on the road has been good for us,” said first-year coach Shawn Rychcik. “It helps us become tighter as a team. These last three weeks on the road, we have progressed.
“Now it’s time to come home and have a good showing. We are looking forward to the opportunity.”
The Pack continues to be one of the most productive teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference statistics. It is second behind Florida State with 40 home runs.
Sophomore shortstop Renada Davis hit two more home runs against Georgia Tech, increasing her ACC-leading total to 14. She is also tied for second nationally, two behind national leader Lauren Chamberlain of Oklahoma, and ranks fourth nationally at 0.44 per game.
As a team, the Pack is ranked 11th nationally at 1.25 home runs per game, after hitting four homers against the Yellow Jackets. Davis hit two in the three-game series, while senior outfielder Caitlin Dent and junior catcher Kirsty Grant had one each. Grant’s homer with the bases loaded in the third game of the series was the first grand slam of her career.