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SB: NC State opens with 5-1 win over Georgetown

Posted February 8, 2013

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— Powered by four home runs, including two by freshmen playing in their first collegiate game, NC State opened the 2013 softball season with a 5-1 victory over Georgetown on Friday in the first game of the FIU Panther Invitational at the FIU Softball Complex.

The Pack followed with an 8-0 loss to Kansas in its second game of the day. The Pack will face host Florida International on Saturday at 12:30 p.m., with a second game to be determined by Saturday's early results.

In the opener, sophomore pitcher Emily Weiman was outstanding in the circle throughout the game, with 11 total strikeouts and no walks. After the Hoyas took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, Weiman allowed only two base runners the rest of the way, neither of which advanced into scoring position.

"It's a nice way to start the season," said first-year coach Shawn Rychcik on his first career victory with the Wolfpack. "I can't say enough about the way Emily pitched, not giving up any walks and coming up with big pitches when we needed them."

The Hoyas opened the game with a single run in the bottom of the first, thanks to a double that caromed off shortstop Renada Davis' glove and into left field. A single and an error brought the run home to give the Hoyas the early lead.

Weiman got out of a bases loaded jam with a pair of strikeouts, strengthening her confidence the rest of the way. She struck out the side in the first and had at least two strikeouts in three other innings.

After the error in the first, the Pack played strong defense behind Weiman.

Davis, the 2012 ACC Rookie of the Year, tied the score in the top of the third with a lead-off home run to left-centerfield.

Freshman third baseman Lana Van Dyken, in her second career at-bat, gave the Wolfpack a lead in the top of the fifth with a solo shot to right-center. Freshman designated player Hanna Sommer, in her third career at-bat, followed suit in the next inning.

After an up-the-middle single by Leah Jones, outfielder Chelsea Tate followed with the Pack's fourth homer of the game.

"We showed some pretty good pop for the first game," Rychcik said. "I was pleased the freshmen stepped in there and had some early success."

Weiman, who was 12-18 as a freshman in 2012, closed out the game by retiring 10 consecutive batters for the 13th victory of her career.

In the second game, Kansas scored three runs in the first inning against freshman pitcher Chelsea Stanfield and added four more in the fourth. Tate had the Wolfpack's only hit of the contest.

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3rd
CAR 2
TOR 1
 
2nd
DUKE 30
UCONN 27
 
Half
CHI 52
NYK 45
 
2nd
HOU 25
NOP 27
 
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STTHOMASTX 61
 
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UVA 70
CLST 54
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LIU 69
FIU 58
 
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STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
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QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
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SFLA 69
SHU 89
 
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RICH 65
SALA 54
 
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CAN 60
USB 59
 
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DEL 62
TEMPL 82
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WCU 56
WRST 69
 
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VERM 56
YALE 57
 
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SDKST 58
IDST 60
 
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RIDE 55
MRGST 42
 
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LATU 74
NICST 52
 
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CHAR 41
APP 41
 
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MISS 38
CCAR 50
 
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DUKE 30
UCONN 27
 
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BRAD 53
EUREK 29
 
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PEAY 49
OAKC 30
 
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JST 38
SMISS 16
 
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MNTST 25
 
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LSU 5
 
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OHIO 9
 
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PIT 0
COL 0
 
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PHI 1
FLA 1
 
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CAR 2
TOR 1
 
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CLB 3
WAS 3
 
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MON 0
ANA 1
 
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JAC 0
TEN 7