April 8, 2006
RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State (34-14, 7-3 ACC) snapped a six-game losing streak against Georgia Tech (32-13, 6-4 ACC) in a 9-1 (6) victory at Walnut Creek Softball Complex in Atlantic Coast Conference action on Saturday. Game two was postponed until Sunday due to inclement weather and both teams will play two games on Sunday, beginning at 11 a.m.
NCSU’s Shaina Ervin (12-3) threw 6.0 strong innings, allowing just four hits, one run and struck out two. Her twin sister, Miranda Ervin, led the Pack at the plate, going 2-for-3, with a home run and three runs batted in.
Senior Amy Hosier led the Yellow Jackets offensively, going 1-for-3, with a home run (6) and one RBI. Junior Caitlin Lever went 1-for-2, with a double, while senior Christine Sheridan and freshman Whitney Haller each added a hit for the Jackets.
Sophomore Whitney Humphreys (15-3) worked 1.2 innings, before leaving the game after aggravating a previous injury. She allowed five runs, six hits and struck out one. Freshman Lacey Richardson threw 4.0 innings, scattering four hits, allowing four runs and struck out two.
The Wolfpack used the long ball to jump out in front of the Yellow Jackets in game one as Miranda Ervin hit a three-run shot to center field and Abbie Sims followed with a solo shot to left field as Tech trailed 4-0 after one inning of play.
NC State’s Shanna Smith homered with two outs in the bottom of the second inning to put the Pack ahead by five runs. Humphreys was forced to leave the circle due to an injury and was replaced by Richardson.
Hosier put the Jackets on the scoreboard with a home run to center field, her sixth of the season, to bring Tech within four, 5-1. The Jackets then loaded the bases with no outs, but Ervin pitcher her way out of the jam on a force out at home and a double play.
The Pack added four more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, highlighted by Jennifer Patterson’s three-run home run, to give NC State a 9-1 victory in six innings.
Tech scored one run, on four hits and had no errors, while NC State scored nine runs, on 10 hits and had no errors.