KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — ACC-champion N.C. States debut season under head coach Shawn Rychcik ended Sunday as the Wolfpack fell 7-0 to No. 5 Tennessee in the title game of the Knoxville Regional.
On a weekend with multiple rain delays, the Wolfpack (35-20-1) got an outstanding performance from sophomore pitcher Emily Weiman, who threw the first 24 innings in the four-team regional without relief, including a 10 2-3-inning outing in a 1-0 loss to the Volunteers on Saturday.
Weiman (33-18) took both losses against the Volunteers and both wins against James Madison, a 2-0 victory win in the opener Friday, and a 6-4 win in a elimination game that started Saturday and was completed Sunday morning, advancing the Wolfpack to the title game.
Weiman threw 423 pitches, going a total of 28.1 innings, while giving up 27 hits, 10 earned runs and three walks. She struck out 12 batters in the four games. On Sunday, she was relieved in the fourth inning by freshman Chelsea Stanfield, in her only postseason appearance.
Obviously, throwing that much is a little tiring and there was some fatigue, Weiman said. I had prepared all season to do that, so I was just going out there every inning and giving it everything I had.
I wasnt as sharp as I was earlier in the weekend and Tennessee has a great lineup.
Stanfield pitched 3 1-3 scoreless innings against the offensively potent Volunteers, giving up two hits.
I was so proud of the way Chelsea came in a threw, Weiman said. She had my back today.
The Wolfpack had one hit off Volunteers starter Ivy Renfroe, a third-inning single by Lana Van Dyken.