NC State Defeats Radford Twice; Hutchison Ties School RBI Record
Posted March 11
Freshman Molly Hutchison of the NC State softball team tied the school record with six runs batted in (RBI) against Radford in the first game of the doubleheader, as the squad won both games on Tuesday at Dail Stadium. The Wolfpack claimed the first game by a score of 7-0 and was victorious in the second game, 4-0.
“We had two shutout wins today, so it was a real good day,” said head coach Shawn Rychcik. “Our goal was to come out and win two games and we did. We opened the first game up with the bats and Radford changed their pitching approach in the second game, but we got a couple hits and took advantage of a couple errors.”
Game One – NCST 7, RAD 0
For the second time this season, junior Renada Davis led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run to quickly give the Wolfpack (15-6) a 1-0 advantage over the visiting Highlanders (4-12). The Pack shortstop worked the count full before drilling the payoff pitch over the left field fence for her fourth homer of the season.
State tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the third after collecting three hits in the frame. Senior Kirsty Grant started the action with a single to right center and then stole second base. Davis smacked her second hit of the game to center field, moving Grant over to third base. After Davis stole second, Hutchison lined a single to score Grant and Davis making the score 3-0.
In the bottom of the fifth, Hutchison smashed the Wolfpack’s first grand slam of the season to extend its lead to 7-0. The four RBI on the play gave the San Diego, Calif., native her team-leading sixth homer of the season and six RBI to her credit - which ties the school record for most RBI in a single game. It was the first time an NC State hitter had six RBI in a game since senior Scout Albertson accomplished the feat last year against Boston College on April 27, 2013.
“It feels really good to tie the school record with six RBI in a game,” said Hutchison. “I’ve been working on getting in front of the ball and keeping my swing short. Today I was able to make something happen.”
“Molly’s [Hutchison] had some big hits for us all year,” said Rychcik. “She’s starting to get comfortable at the plate and has made some good adjustments in her swing from the fall.”
In the circle, junior Emily Weiman (13-5) tossed her first of two complete game shutouts on the day with seven innings pitched allowing just three hits, while striking out five to earn the win.
Davis paced the squad at the plate with a 3-for-3 performance, including three runs scored while Grant and Hutchison each had two hits. Leah Jones, Morgan Medford, Morgan Tharrington and Lana Van Dyken all had one hit in the contest.
Game Two – NCST 4, RAD 0
After throwing a complete game shutout in the first contest of the day, Weiman returned to the mound in the second game and was equally as effective. She threw another complete game shutout, retiring six batters via strikeout and silenced Radford’s offense to just two hits.
“We got two very good pitching performances out of Emily [Weiman] today,” Rychcik added.
The Wolfpack scored its first run of the game in the third inning after Van Dyken laced a single through the middle to plate Grant from third base, who singled earlier in the frame. Freshman Nadia Kemp drove in the game’s second run with a double to deep right center, scoring Chelsea Tate on the play.
Hutchison recorded her third hit of the day in the sixth with an RBI double to left field, plating Van Dyken on the play. Hanna Sommer walked later in the inning and Hannah Yeager came in to pinch run for her. Yeager scored the fourth run of the game for the Wolfpack when Tate reached on an error by the second baseman.
NC State will return to action on Saturday, March 14 with an ACC road series against No. 11 Florida State. Saturday’s doubleheader is set for 5 p.m. with the second game to follow and the final game of the series is Sunday at noon.