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NC State Wins NCAA Regional for first time in school history, while the Seminoles do so for the third straight year; Historic seasons end for Notre Dame and Pitt.
HARRISONBURG, Va. -- What seemed to be a lofty goal for the NC State softball team at the beginning of the season has now come to fruition, as the Wolfpack is heading to the NCAA Super Regionals for the first time in program history. Junior first baseman Maggie Hawkins hit a walkoff homerun in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Pack to a 2-1 win against Fordham in the regional final of the Harrisonburg (Va.) Regional Sunday afternoon.
NC State compiled a perfect 3-0 record in the regional to earn the program's first trip to an NCAA Super Regional. The Wolfpack will head to Eugene, Ore., to play the Oregon Ducks next weekend. Dates and times for the super regional have not been announced.
The Wolfpack moves to 38-20 on the year, while the Rams end their season with a 38-20 record also.
"I'm just really proud of my girls and my coaches," said head coach Shawn Rychcik. "It takes everybody to get to this point and there are a lot of things that happen over the course of the year to help us get to this point.
"When I came here, I knew this would be a new challenge so to get to the super regionals in my third year is really exciting for me."
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – For the third straight season, No. 9 Florida State (48-12) advanced to the super regional round of the NCAA Championships after earning a 5-0 victory over No. 13 UCF (50-9) on May 17 to clinch the 2015 NCAA Tallahassee Regional.
Seminole starting pitcher Jessica Burroughs (18-5) was nearly perfect, allowing just two base hits on a single in the second and seventh innings. She posted a total of six strikeouts as she retired 21 of the 23 UCF batters she faced.
“First off, like I said yesterday UCF - what an amazing program and season they had,” said FSU head coach Lonni Alameda. “Kind of a bummer for it to work out for them to be here and not be able to host but what fight they had. It was awesome to compete against them and nothing is more exciting than having a true competitor on the other side of the field.
“We take really great pride in being a team that’s smarter the second time around and from our freshman all the way up to our seniors being able to be consistent with that today and stick to their game plan was really awesome to see as a coach and I couldn’t say more about Jessica Burroughs and doing what she’s done for us this weekend and last weekend.”
Morgan Klaevemann opened the game with a bunt single in the top of the first inning to extend her hitting streak to 26 games. The streak is tied for 24th all-time in NCAA history and is second in FSU and ACC history to Natasha Jacob’s 28-game streak from April 4, 2005 to February 14, 2006. It marked the seventh time in Klaevemann’s 15 games as a leadoff hitter that the freshman started the FSU first inning with a base hit.
Sunday was a day for champions, a day for celebration, a day for excellence. The University of Notre Dame softball team exhibited the toughness, tenacity and determination that earned it the right to host the 2015 NCAA South Bend Regional, but a regional championship was simply not meant to be. Kentucky scored two runs with two outs in the top of the seventh inning to stun the Irish 4-3 and claim the South Bend Regional crown in front of an energized crowd at Melissa Cook Stadium.
No. 21/22 Notre Dame (42-15) finished its historic season as an NCAA Regional host for just the second time in program history, and the first since 2005, in making its 20th all-time appearance in the NCAA Championship (17th straight). The 2015 Irish established new single-season program records for hits (543), runs (395) and on-base percentage (.419), batting above a .350 clip (.351) for the second straight season.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Pittsburgh softball team’s historic season came to an end, Sunday afternoon, as the Panthers fell in the NCAA Regional Championship game, 10-3, to No. 3 Michigan at Alumni Field in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The Panthers conclude its most successful season in program history with a 37-22 overall record. The season included many firsts, including the squad's first ever ACC tournament appearance and NCAA post-season showing, making it one for the record books.
The journey ended with a loss to the Wolverines but Pitt forced host team Michigan (54-6) to play through a complete game, something that the Wolverines didn't have to do in their first two games of NCAA postseason play.
The Panthers posted seven hits against the solid Big Ten team, with Jenna Modic and Carly Thea picking up two apiece. On top of Modic’s grand slam in Pitt’s win over Cal yesterday, Modic raked in two more RBI today. She finished the weekend with a .538 average, seven hits in 13 at-bats, two home runs and eight RBI. Thea also picked up an RBI against Michigan, who posted 12 hits on the day.