NC State Softball To Play in NCAA Knoxville (Tenn.) Regional
May 12, 2013
NCAA Knoxville Regional Schedule
RALEIGH, N.C. - The ACC-champion NC State softball team will travel to Knoxville, Tenn., to play James Madison on Friday at 3:30 p.m. in the third NCAA Regional in school history.
The second-seeded Pack (33-18-1 overall) is familiar with two of the other three teams in the NCAA Knoxville Regional, having played top-seeded and host Tennessee twice in Tampa in February and having hosted fourth-seeded Longwood in an exhibition doubleheader last fall.
"We are excited to be going into the tournament," said first-year Wolfpack head coach Shawn Rychcik. "We really didn't have any preferences going into the selection process, because you know where ever you're going in the NCAAs, it's going to be a tough battle.
"We do have some familiarity with a couple of the teams in our regional. Hopefully, that will play in our favor."
The Pack lost to then No. 4-ranked Tennessee in its first game at the South Florida 4-Team Tournament in its second week of the season. The Volunteers then topped the Pack in the title game of the event hosted by South Florida.
The regional will also have the nation's top two home run hitters, in Longwood sophomore Megan Daltzell, the NCAA leader with 30, and Wolfpack sophomore Renada Davis, who has a school-record 26 after hitting two against Virginia in a 7-0 opening-round win at the ACC Championship.
The Pack, which has won 12 in a row and 19 of its last 21 contests, owns a 4-1 all-time record against third-seeded JMU, with the last meeting coming two years ago at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Stadium in an 8-4 Wolfpack victory.
This is NC State's third overall trip to the NCAA Championship and first since 2007.
After winning the 2006 ACC Tournament with a 4-1 win over Florida State in Chapel Hill, N.C., the Wolfpack traveled Baton Rogue, La., where they won one of three games, beating Princeton 1-0 and losing twice to No. 15 Louisiana-Lafayette.
In 2007, the Pack earned the school's only at-large invitation to the tournament, traveling to Columbia, S.C., where it beat Penn State, 1-0, and lost twice to host South Carolina.
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