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NC State Softball Falls 8-2 to No. 4 and Undefeated Tennessee

Posted February 17, 2013

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— The NC State softball team lost to No. 4 Tennessee in the championship game of the USF 4-Team Tournament at the USF Softball Stadium on Sunday morning.

The Pack (6-4) gave up four runs in the first inning against the undefeated Volunteers (10-0), but cut that lead in half on sophomore shortstop Renada Davis' third home run of the season, a two-run shot over the left-field wall in the top of the fifth.

The Volunteers answered with a wind-blown three-run shot by Raven Chavanne in the bottom of the inning and added an unearned run in the sixth to provide the final margin.

Tennessee pitcher Ellen Renfroe (4-0) struck out 13 Wolfpack batters in the game and limited State to four hits on the day. Tennessee, meanwhile, had 16 hits, five of which went for extra bases, and left 10 runners on base.

NC State sophomore pitcher Emily Weiman (6-3) started the game, but gave up six hits and four runs in the opening frame and was relieved by freshman lefthander Chelsea Stanfield, who pitched five innings and struck out two.

"They jumped on Emily pretty quick, but she had a great weekend for us," said first-year coach Shawn Rychcik. "I thought Chelsea came in and gave us a chance."

In the fourth inning, the Wolfpack had two runners on base with one out and Bethaney Wells, who has led the Pack in home runs the last two seasons, at the plate. She pounded a long fly ball over the left-field wall, but it curled on the wrong side of the foul pole. She ended up hitting a pop-up to the shortstop and the inning ended with a strikeout.

"We just missed that shot by Wells, which would have put us within one run and then Renada hit her home run to get us within two," Rychcik said. "We were in the game, but they put some more pressure on us with that three-run homer.

"But that's why they are the fourth-ranked team in the country."

Rychcik was pleased with Stanfield's second appearance against the Volunteers. She faced them for two innings in Friday night's 7-0 loss.

"She did a good job, with three runs in five innings," Rychcik said. "She showed us what she has. We are going to need her this season and I thought it was a good game for her confidence."

The Wolfpack will play in its third tournament of the season next weekend when it travels to Woodstock, Ga., for the Phyllis Rafter Memorial Tournament, a six-team round-robin format event.

The Pack will open against Northern Colorado next Friday at 10 a.m., followed by a 3 p.m. matchup against host Kennesaw State. The Pack will also face Jacksonville State, Youngstown State and Bowling Green during the weekend.

Keep up with Wolfpack softball all season long on Twitter (@PackSoftball) and on the NC State Softball page on Facebook.

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ORL 105
 
1st
DUKE 13
TEMPL 4
 
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ORL 105
 
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PHO 122
 
4th
ATL 94
DET 86
 
4th
TOR 116
MIL 66
 
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BOS 70
 
4th
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BRK 71
 
3rd
WAS 78
CLE 64
 
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MIN 62
SAN 91
 
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DAL 68
LAL 59
 
2nd
DEN 39
NOP 30
 
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POR
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10:30pm Tonight
GSW
UTA
1:00pm Today
BUF 0
KSU 0
Half
RICE 10
UTEP 3
 
1st
SDST 7
AFA 0
 
1st
UTST 7
SJST 0
 
Final
COC 50
TEXAM 59
Final
DREX 70
USC 72
Final
GWEBB 72
CLEM 70
Final
MIAMI 79
AKR 51
Final
UCONN 75
DAY 64
Final
NEV 60
SHU 68
Final
LONG 81
UNCG 79
Final
ARKPB 46
VALPO 59
 
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WVU 70
BC 66
Final
TOWS 58
CCST 49
 
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YALE 70
ILLCH 58
 
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IOWA 63
SYR 66
 
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ALCOR 69
 
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ODU 70
LSU 61
 
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KENT 89
BU 65
 
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SCAR 63
CHAR 65
 
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UVA 59
GWU 42
 
Final
WCU 72
HIWASSEE 53
 
Final
GT 78
MAST 69
 
Final
RIDE 78
LEH 74
 
Final
MSU 87
LOYC 52
 
Final
CMICH 76
MAINE 48
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUF 0
MNTST 0
 
Final
BAY 60
PVU 45
 
Final
HOF 66
USB 65
 
Final
OREG 78
TOL 68
 
Final
UGA 82
TROY 60
 
Final
STAN 89
UNLV 60
 
Final
FAIR 36
WOFF 54
 
Final
EMICH 71
YOUNG 62
 
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MON 73
COOK 50
 
Final
FIU 74
FLMEM 48
 
Final
KSU 74
SILL 51
 
Final
CAL 55
TEX 71
 
2nd
GMAS 52
NMU 61
 
2nd
ILL 98
PEAY 57
 
2nd
ARK 83
DELST 62
 
Final
MCNST 85
JCHR 70
 
2nd
NDST 60
KNST 55
 
2nd
OKST 75
UWMIL 64
 
2nd
LATU 62
MORE 49
 
2nd
SDKST 58
NDAK 64
 
2nd
XAV 66
STEPH 61
 
2nd
UF 46
LAMON 41
 
2nd
WAKE 39
IONA 46
 
1st
GRCN 29
FAM 20
 
Half
COLST 29
UGST 34
 
1st
WASU 25
IDST 25
 
1st
WEBER 20
ILLST 28
 
1st
AUB 35
LALAF 30
 
1st
LOU 24
MARS 20
 
1st
ORST 15
ORU 16
 
1st
SD 17
SHSU 18
 
1st
UTAH 32
UCR 15
 
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DUKE 13
TEMPL 4
 
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CORN 6
PSU 4
 
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2nd OT
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BOS 3
 
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PIT 4
NYI 5
 
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NYR 0
 
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