TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Emily Weiman pitched a four-hit shutout and Caitlin Dent’s infield single in the third inning provided the offense as N.C. State defeated top-seeded Florida State 1-0 Saturday at the ACC softball championship at JoAnne Graf Field.
Weiman was named the ACC championship MVP. For the week, she was 3-0 with 15 strikeouts while pitching every inning for the Wolfpack.
In the second inning, N.C. State scored the first run against Florida State in the tournament. Renada Davis singled to left field, advancing Lana Van Dyken, who had also singled, to second. Then, Dent bounced a single off the glove of diving Florida State second baseman Kelly Hensley to score Van Dyken for a 1-0 lead.
Weiman escaped early damage in the second and third innings. After giving up two walks and a hit to load the bases with two outs, the sophomore hurler got Florida State’s Alex Kossoff to pop up to third baseman Van Dyken in foul ground to end the second.
Florida State also put two runners on in the third inning.
The championship N.C. State’s second and the first since 2006, when it also defeated Florida State in the title game.
Longwood 5-8, Campbell 1-6: The Lancers won twice to eliminate the Camels from the Big South championship at Rock Hill, S.C.
In the second game, Campbell’s Brittany Bruce, Raven Lee and Sarah Forgacs each had two hits. Longwood’s Emily Murphy had three home runs
Duke 4, UNC Wilmington 0: The host Blue Devils won two of three doubles matches and led in all singles matches before notching wins at Nos. 4-6, including a 6-1, 6-1 win by Jason Tahir, to top the Seahawks in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Oklahoma 4, N.C. State 0: The Wolfpack’s season came to an end with a sweep at the hands of the host Sooners in the NCAA second round in Norman, Okla.
North Carolina 4, Tennessee 1: The host Tar Heels topped the Volunteers to advance to the NCAA final site for the fourth year in a row with a win in the second round of the NCAA tournament at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
UNC dropped the doubles point but got singles wins from Caroline Price, Gina Suarez-Malaguti, Lauren McHale and Tessa Lyons to earn a spot in the round of 16 May 17, in Urbana, Ill.
Tennessee edged the Tar Heels in a tight doubles point that was decided by a tiebreak on court two. Tennessee All-America duo Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely got the first win, topping Price and Whitney Kay 8-6. UNC got a win from Suarez-Malaguti and Lyons to even things up.
With the final doubles match tied at 6-all, Tennessee’s Joanna Henderson and Sarah Toti broke McHale and Laura Slater to take a 7-6 lead. But the Tar Heels broke back to even the match before winning a marathon game to push ahead 8-7. The Vols held to force a tiebreak and raced out to a 6-1 lead before winning 7-4 to grab the dual meet’s first point.
Duke 4, Mississippi 1: Senior Mary Clayton and junior Hanna Mar clinched the doubles point before cruising in their respective singles matches to lead the Blue Devils past the Rebels in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Lubbock, Texas. The Blue Devils are now a 18-0 in first round matches since 1996.
NCAA Central regional: Duke carded a final round 12-under-par 276 to finish 13-under for the tournament to win the Central region by six strokes at Norman, Okla. N.C. State finished at 21-over and missed qualifying for the NCAA championship by one stroke. Campbell was 20th at 58-over.
East regional: North Carolina fired a 305 in final round at Auburn, Ala., but failed to advance on to the NCAA Championships. Juniors Jackie Chang and Casey Grice led the Tar Heels on Saturday, firing matching 1-over-par 73s. Alabama won the team event by eight strokes.