RALEIGH, N.C. – UNCG softball (40-10) split a doubleheader against the NC State Wolfpack (23-27) on Saturday at Dail Stadium, winning game one 5-4 and then losing 8-1. The Spartans are now tied for the second-most victories in program history and are the third team to reach 40 wins, joining the 1997 (40-25) and 1995 (49-17) squads.
UNCG moves to 5-1 against the ACC and 13-2 against in-state opponents by a combined score of 83-46.
The Spartans scored the game-winning run in the sixth inning. Entering the inning down 4-3, Emily Acquaviva doubled to right field with one out after the outfielder dove for the ball and missed. Becca Kale drew a walk. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch and then scored on a double to right field by Jasmine Palmer.
UNCG scored the first run of game one in the third inning. Sholtes crushed a ball over the left field fence for a solo home run.
NC State took its first lead of the game in the bottom of the inning. A two-out single up the middle knocked in two runs.
UNCG got back the lead in the fifth inning. Palmer drew a one-out walk, and Sholtes hit her second homer of the day and 13th of the year to left center.
The Wolfpack responded with a two-run homer of their own to left field in the bottom of the inning.
Stephanie Bryden (15-1) threw her fifth complete game, allowing four runs, four hits and two walks with six strikeouts.
Sholtes went 2-3 as the only Spartan with more than one hit and also drew two walks. Gabi Cubbage and Acquaviva each had a double.
NC State got the second game’s first two runs in the third inning. After an error with two outs put runners on second and third base, a single through the left side knocked in both runs.
UNCG responded with a run in the next inning. Sholtes led off with a double to right field and went to third base on a bunt single by Palmer. With one out, Rachael McClaskey brought Sholtes home with a sac fly to centerfield.
The Wolfpack scored the last six runs. In the fourth inning the leadoff batter hit a home run to right center. The following inning a one-out single up the middle produced two runs that was followed by a three-run homer to left field.
Alicia Bazonski started the game in the circle and allowed five earned runs, seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Kylie Bouplon relieved Bazonski in the fifth inning with one out and finished the game, giving up one run, two hits and no walks with two strikeouts.
The two teams will close out the series on Sunday at 12 p.m.
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