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May 11, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (theACC.com) - For the second time in program history, NC State is the softball champion of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Wolfpack got a four-hit shutout performance from Emily Weiman and Caitlin Dent's infield single in the third inning provided the offense as NC State defeated top-seeded Florida State, 1-0, on Saturday at the 2013 ACC Championship at JoAnne Graf Field in Tallahassee, Fla.
The championship is the first for NC State (33-18-1) since 2006, when it also defeated Florida State in the title game. The Wolfpack clinch the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship and will enter the tournament with 12 straight victories, the second longest winning streak in program history.
Shawn Rychcik, in his first season as head coach of NC State, led the Wolfpack to the conference championship after being picked sixth in the preseason poll.
"Right now, it's just surreal," said Rychcik. "I stood in the locker room at the beginning of the season and told the team, `Some of you are going to win an ACC Championship and some of you are going to regional.' From that moment, they bought into it."
Weiman was named the ACC Championship Most Valuable Player for her performance in the three games. For the week, she was 3-0 with 15 strikeouts, gave up 13 hits with only one extra-base hit, and held opposing hitters to a .173 average. Weiman threw all 21 of NC State's innings in the tournament with one run allowed for an earned run average of 0.33.
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"Florida State is a great team, you can't really overpower them with strikeouts," said Weiman. "You have to have good defense behind you. They have always said they have my back and tonight they did it."
Against Florida State, Weiman (31-16) struck out five with two walks and retired the final 13 batters in her 39th complete game of the season.
"It was an unbelievable performance," Rychcik said about Weiman after the game. "I am going to check to see if Emily is wearing a cape under her jersey. She's been our Superman all year long."
NC State became the first team to score on Florida State in the tournament in the second inning. Renada Davis singled to left field, extending her hitting streak to a school-record 12 games, and advanced Lana Van Dyken to second. Caitlin Dent bounced a single off the glove of a diving Kelly Hensley, Florida State's second baseman, to score Van Dyken for the 1-0 lead.
Weiman escaped early damage in the second and third innings. After giving up two walks and a hit to load the bases with two outs, the sophomore hurler got Florida State's Alex Kossoff to pop up to third baseman Van Dyken in foul ground to end the second. Florida State put two runners on in the third inning but was unable to get on the board.
"Give credit to NC State, they played with a sense of urgency and got another great pitching performing from Emily Weiman," said Florida State (41-16) head coach Lonni Alameda. "Our offense wasn't able to click today 1-9 but we know we still have more softball to play this season. I was proud once again of the way Lacey Waldrop pitched for us; she battled hard for us. It's tough to beat a team four times in a season and NC State proved that tonight."
Lacey Waldrop threw a complete game for the Seminoles, her 15th of the year, allowing the one run and striking out nine without a walk.
2013 ACC Softball All-Tournament Team
Lacey Waldrop, Florida State
Maddie O'Brien, Florida State
Courtney Senas, Florida State
Renada Davis, NC State
Emily Weiman, NC State
Caitlin Dent, NC State
Haleigh Dickey, North Carolina
Constance Orr, North Carolina
Courtney Liddle, Virginia Tech
Lauren Gaskill, Virginia Tech
Kylie McGoldrick, Virginia Tech
Most Valuable Player - Emily Weiman, NC State