Feb 8, 2013
Miami — 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.