|UNCW Falls Twice To NCSU In Doubleheader|
RALEIGH, North Carolina – The UNCW softball team fell to state foe NC State in both games of a collegiate softball doubleheader Wednesday at Dail Stadium.
The Wolfpack (28-11) took the opener from the Seahawks (17-24) by a 5-0 margin before recording a 9-1 victory in the nightcap.
UP NEXT: UNCW entertains Colonial Athletic Association newcomer College of Charleston in a league series that begins Saturday with a 2 p.m. doubleheader. NC State faces Boston College in an ACC series that gets underway Friday in 4 p.m. start.
HOW IT HAPPENED (GAME ONE): NC State used the long ball in jumping out to a 3-0 lead as a solo home run from junior Renada Davis in the first and back-to-back one-run shots from seniors Chelsea Tate and Scout Anderson in the second gave the Wolfpack an early advantage.
Sara Lippard expanded the NC State margin to 5-0 in the fourth inning when she hit a two-run home run to left field that scored Leah Jones, who opened the frame with a leadoff single.
AT THE PLATE (GAME ONE): Lippard was 1-for-2 with a home run and two RBI for the Wolfpack, who finished with six hits. Lippard was one of four players to hit a home run in the opener as Albertson, Davis and Tate all hit solo blasts in the contest.
IN THE CIRCLE (GAME ONE): Emily Weiman pitched all seven innings for the Wolfpack to pick up the win in game one. Weiman scattered four hits and matched her career-high with 12 strikeouts in the complete-game effort as she improved to 23-9 on the season.
Junior Casey Rowland got the start for UNCW in game one and pitched three innings, allowing five runs on five hits and one walk. Sophomore Kayla Pine pitched the final three innings for the Seahawks, surrendering one hit and one walk in that timeframe.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE (GAME ONE): The two teams combined to leave just eight runners on base (UNCW 4; NCSU 4) … There were a total of just two stolen base attempts in the contest … No player finished with more than one base hit in the ballgame … UNCW advanced a runner into scoring position in just one inning (fifth) … Weiman struck out every member of the UNCW starting lineup at least once in the contest.
HOW IT HAPPENED (GAME TWO): A double steal and a bases-loaded walk to Tate in the bottom of the first staked NC State to a quick 2-0 advantage.
UNCW cut the Wolfpack deficit in half in the top of the fourth on a RBI double from freshman Merritt Wilkinson that made it a 2-1 contest, only to see the Wolfpack add to their lead in the bottom half of the frame on a two-run home run from Davis that made it a 4-1 margin.
A two-run home run to center field by freshman Tyler Ross in the fifth stretched the NC State lead to 6-1 before two-run double by sophomore Hanna Sommer and a run-scoring single by Jones in the sixth plated three runs to push the NC State lead to 9-1 and evoke the eight-run mercy rule.
AT THE PLATE (GAME TWO): Davis was 2-for-2 with three runs scored and two runs driven in to highlight a NC State lineup that pounded out 11 base hits in the contest. Jones was 2-for-4 with a RBI while Van Dyken was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Ross and Sommer both finished with a hit and two RBI.
Wilkinson was 1-for-2 with a run batted in for UNCW while Brown and Gamby accounted for the other two Seahawk base hits in the contest.
IN THE CIRCLE (GAME TWO): Mirabella pitched all six innings for the Wolfpack in game two, allowing one run on three hits and one walk to improve to 5-2 on the season. Mirabella recorded seven strikeouts and issued just one walk.
Freshman Peyton Jordan took the loss for UNCW to move to 7-13. In five innings in the circle, Jordan surrendered nine runs on nine this and four walks. She struck out four.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE (GAME TWO): The two teams combined to leave 10 runners on base (UNCW 3; NSCU 7) … The two teams combined for a total of six extra-base hits (four doubles and two home runs) … The two teams combined to put their leadoff runner on base in six of 12 opportunities … NC State’s top three hitters finished with four hits and four RBI in six official plate appearances.NOTES: Wednesday’s doubleheader served as the first meeting between the two programs since the 2010 season … The Wolfpack now leads the all-time series between the two programs by a 5-3 margin … NC State improved to 21-1 at home this season … UNCW moved to 2-10 in true road contests in 2014 … Game one marked just the fourth time in 41 games that UNCW has been shutout this season … The Seahawks slipped to 1-13 this season when held to two runs or fewer … UNCW was not charged with an error in either contest, marking just the 10th and 11th times this season that the Seahawks have finished the game without a miscue.