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May 9, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (theACC.com) – NC State shortstop Renada Davis hit her 25th and 26th home runs of the season and starting pitcher Emily Weiman threw seven scoreless innings as second-seeded NC State defeated seventh-seeded Virginia, 7-0, in the quarterfinals of the 2013 ACC Softball Championship.
With the two home runs, Davis moved into second place by herself in league history for home runs in a season. She trails in the record book behind only Georgia Tech’s Jen Yee, who hit 29 in 2010. The 26 home runs are tied for the most in the nation this season with Longwood’s Megan Baltzell.
The Wolfpack (31-18-1, 13-7) advances to Friday’s semifinals and will face sixth-seeded Virginia Tech at 1 p.m. The win breaks a five-game losing streak for NC State in the ACC Tournament and is the program’s first in the event since 2008.
NC State made Virginia (21-28, 4-17) starting pitcher Melanie Mitchell work hard to get through the first inning, when she threw 39 pitches to six batters. A sacrifice fly from Scout Albertson drove in Davis to give NC State the early lead, but Mitchell limited the Wolfpack to the one run.
Virginia pushed two runners into scoring position in the third inning. With Taylor Williams at first, Heidi Velk lined her third double of the year with two outs. Weiman struck out Marcy Bowdren to end the inning and the threat.
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Davis connected on her first of the game in the fifth inning, launching a two-run home run over the left field wall for the 3-0 lead. Hanna Sommer laced a double past third base to drive in another run in the inning and push the score to 4-0 for the Wolfpack.
The 26th of the season for Davis came in the sixth inning, when she drove in Leah Jones and Lana Van Dyken with another shot to left field to give the Wolfpack a 7-0 lead.
Davis tied the tournament single-game record with five RBIs, equaling NC State’s Miranda Ervin who also drove in five in 2006.
After two Cavaliers reached base in the third, Weiman did not allow another baserunner until the seventh inning. The ACC Pitcher of the Year finished with four strikeouts and three hits allowed to pick up her league-leading 29th win.