The N.C. State softball team made won both games of a doubleheader against No. 23 Notre Dame at Dail Stadium, giving Wolfpack coach Shawn Rychcik his 350th career victory with the win in game one.
The Wolfpack won the first game 4-2 and defeated the Fighting Irish in the second game 9-2.
N.C. State improves to 9-7 on the season and 2-0 in ACC play, while Notre Dame falls to 12-8 and 0-2.
Notre Dame struck first in Game 1 with two unearned runs in the top of the first, but N.C. State countered in the bottom of the frame to tie the score at 2.
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Sophomore Molly Hutchison crushed her team-leading fifth home run of the season over the left field fence to score junior Lana Van Dyken and tie the score.
N.C. State: Smoldering from a mistake-filled series opener, the team used the deep ball to thrash Clemson 8-3 on Saturday at Doak Field at Dail Park.
The Wolfpack (8-4, 1-1 ACC) cranked four homers on the afternoon, boosting the tally to six for the weekend. In two games against Clemson, the Pack’s belted more than 20% of its team home run total from 2014.
ECU: Jacob Wolfe tossed six scoreless innings for his first collegiate win, while East Carolina pounded out 15 hits completing the doubleheader sweep of Monmouth, 9-0, in Greenville.
The Pirates won the first game 2-0.
UNC: The No. 1 team stepped out of conference play and garnered a pair of victories over in-state foes East Carolina and Charlotte at Halton-Wagner Tennis Complex.
UNC (15-0) recorded a 4-0 win in the morning against ECU (9-3), and then returned in the afternoon to post a 7-0 shutout of the host 49ers (3-4).
Carolina eased past the Pirates with a doubles-point victory coming on courts 1 and 3, and then continued their domination with wins at the first three singles positions to post the sweep. The Tar Heels surrendered only 10 points total on courts 1-3 with No. 8 Jamie Loeb, No. 19 Hayley Carter and No. 15 Caroline Price all earning straight-set victories.
N.C. Central: Senior Daniil Gerasimov won the only three-set tilt of the match to account for N.C. Central’s only point in a 6-1 road loss against host Elon.
The Phoenix won the other five singles matches in straight sets to run away with the team victory. Elon improved to 4-7 overall.
Elon: The team split both its games on the second day of the Elon Softball Tournament at Hunt Softball Park. The Phoenix (11-5) suffered a 1-0 setback to Central Connecticut State before rebounding with a 2-0 victory over Lafayette.
Mount Olive: Katie McGovern led the team with four goals, but the Trojans fell 11-8 to Florida Southernen’s lacrosse in Lakeland, Fla. Mount Olive had the lead two times in the contest but was unable to make a comeback in the final five minutes.
Mount Olive (7-2) surrendered the first goal of the game as Florida Southern (5-1) made good on a man-up opportunity and found the back of the net off the shot from Ashley Robertson.
Saint Augustine’s: The team relied on solid pitching and timely hitting to sweep Bluefield State 3-2 in the first game and 12-4 in the second game of a non-conference doubleheader at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary.
The Falcons allowed one earned run and totaled 15 hits in both games combined. They tallied 10 hits in the second game.
Desmond Cheek earned the win in the first contest to even his record at 2-2.
Philip Hathcock gained the victory in the second game to improve to 1-1 as a pitcher.
Barton: Freshman Danny Shand was named to the Conference Carolinas Men’s Basketball All-Conference Third Team, the league announced.