April 29, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Diving into the NC State, ACC and NCAA record books, here is a recap of the Wolfpack softball team’s record-smashing weekend at Boston College, as first-year head coach Shawn Rychcik and his team hit 19 home runs en route to a three-game sweep over the Eagles with scores of 10-3, 16-2 and 14-3.
The Pack (30-18-1 overall, 13-7 ACC) improved its winning streak to nine in a row and 16 wins in its last 18 games.
Even more importantly, Rychcik and his team have moved into second place in the ACC standings and need only one Maryland loss or a rainout in this weekend’s regular-season final series against Virginia Tech to earn the second seed in next week’s ACC Softball Championship, which will be played from May 9-11 in Tallahassee, Fla.
Here are just a few of the remarkable numbers from Saturday’s doubleheader and Sunday’s single game:
• The Pack’s seven home runs in Saturday’s first game tied the ACC record the Wolfpack set on March 2 when it hit seven against North Carolina A&T during the Wolfpack Challenge.
• In the second game, the Wolfpack broke the single-game ACC record again with eight home runs. That ranks fourth for the most in a single game in NCAA history, behind the 10 hit by BYU in 2008 and Texas-San Antonio in 2004 and nine by Washington in 2011. NC State is now one of five teams to hit eight homers in a game.
• The Pack also set the ACC record with 45 total bases in the contest, which ranks 11th in NCAA history.
• In all, the 15 home runs represent the most home runs ever in a single day during ACC play. Unofficially, the only day better in NCAA history was on April 1, 2004, when Texas-San Antonio had eight homers in both games of a doubleheader against Texas Southern.
• Seven different players hit home runs on Saturday and six of those had two or more: Junior Scout Albertson 4, senior Caitlin Dent 2, freshman Hanna Sommer 2, junior Kirsty Grant 2, junior Leah Jones 2, freshman Hanna Sommer 2 and senior Bethaney Wells 1.
• Albertson, for the second time this season, hit four home runs in two games on the same day. She first did it on March 2 against Kansas and North Carolina A&T in the Wolfpack Challenge. After posting her second career grand slam in her final at-bat of the doubleheader, Albertson finished the day with a career-high six RBIs.
• Eight of Albertson’s career-high 12 home runs this season have come on two days, March 2 and April 27, against Kansas, North Carolina A&T and Boston College.
• On Sunday, in a five-inning, 14-3 victory, the Pack had only four home runs, but two of them were grand slams, by Davis and Sommer. They were the career firsts by both players. The team now has seven grand slams on the season. The previous school record was three in 2005.
• Davis' slam, her fourth homer in four games this week, moved her into a tie with Longwood's Megan Daltzell for the NCAA lead with 24 on the season. Davis has hit safely in all nine games during the Wolfpack’s current winning streak, going 18-for-35 with seven home runs and 16 RBIs. She has raised her batting average from .254 at the start of the streak to a team-best .308 at the end of the regular season.
• In four games this past week, including Wednesday’s 11-0 win over Elon, Davis hit four home runs, including two in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader. That’s the fourth time this season she’s hit two in a game. She also did it against Troy, No. 10 Texas and Virginia. Albertson has hit multiple homers in four games and Caitlin Dent has done it three times.
• Davis is now tied for second on the ACC list of home runs in a season, with Maryland’s Amber Jackson in 2007 and Georgia Tech’s Whitney Haller in 2006. It is the most for any ACC player since Georgia Tech’s Jen Yee set the ACC record with 29 in 2010. It is also tied for 22nd in the NCAA single-season list of home runs.
• As a team, the Wolfpack has hit 83 home runs this season, which is the fourth most in ACC history. Georgia Tech owns the three totals above that, with an ACC-record 118 in 2010, 100 in 2011 and 96 in 2007.
• The Pack has hit seven or more homers in a game three times this season (7 vs. North Carolina A&T and Boston College, 8 vs. Boston College). Eight home runs is tied for the fourth most in a single game in NCAA history. NC State's hitting coach, Katie Grimes, was a member of the Hawaii team that set the NCAA record with 158 home runs in a season in 2010.
• The Wolfpack finished the regular season with 83 home runs, smashing the previous school mark of 66 set in 2007. In its previous two seasons, the Pack had only 65 combined home runs, 30 in 2011 and 35 in 2012.