NC State Defeats Georgia Tech To Advance To ACC Championship Second Round
May 8, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Just hours after North Carolina's Danielle Spaulding threw the first ACC Championship solo no-hitter since 1992, NC State's Lindsey Campana nearly duplicated the feat, posting a one-hit complete game shutout as the Wolfpack defeated Georgia Tech, 1-0, in the first round of the ACC Softball Championship in College Park, Md.
For Campana, the win was her 18th of the season, which currently ranks second in the ACC. A sophomore out of Templeton, Calif., the Wolfpack hurler held onto a no-hitter until the game's sixth inning, when Tech's Blair Shimandle doubled off the left field wall. With the performance, Campana dropped her team-best ERA to 1.51, a mark that ranks fifth overall in the league.
Starting off strong, the Wolfpack jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first inning when ACC Freshman of the Year Alyssa Allbritten tripled to right field to score senior shortstop Shanna Smith. Allbritten's hit was her 55th of the 2008 season, and improved her team-leading RBI total to 34. Also recording hits for NC State were Smith, infielder Ashleigh Davis and first baseman Allison Presnell.
Now 30-26 on the season, NC State advances to Friday's second round where it will face off with 13th ranked North Carolina. The Wolfpack are 11-5 in 16 all-time contests with the Tar Heels.
Georgia Tech, which falls to 30-29 with the loss, will take on No. 8 seed Virginia in Friday's early game, scheduled to open at 10:00 a.m. The winner of that matchup will advance to take on either Virginia Tech or Florida State at 5:30 p.m. Friday evening.
In tonight's final game, six seed Boston College will take on No. 7 seed Maryland in the Championship's first elimination game. The winner of tonight's game, which will be webcast live on www.ACCSelect.com, will take on either North Carolina or NC State Friday at 8:00 p.m.