RALEIGH, N.C. – UNCG softball (41-10) won the weekend series against the NC State Wolfpack (23-28) with a dominating 24-2 win in five innings on Sunday afternoon at Dail Stadium. The Spartans surpassed the 1997 team (40-25) for the second-most wins in a single season in program history.
The 24 runs are the fifth-most runs scored in a single game in program history and third-most in Division 1 play. The last time the Spartans scored more runs was a 25-0 victory over North Carolina A&T on March 16, 1994. The 24 runs are also the most allowed by NC State in its program history.
UNCG finishes the season 6-1 against the ACC. The Spartans went 3-0 against Virginia, won 4-3 in 10 innings at North Carolina on April 4 and took two of three games at NC State on the weekend. The Spartans also are 14-2 against in-state opponents by a combined score of 107-48. They own series wins against North Carolina, Western Carolina, Elon, Charlotte, Appalachian State, Campbell and North Carolina A&T.
Gabi Cubbage had six RBI’s in the game, tying for fifth most in a single-game in school history. She went 2-4 with a homer, double, two runs and a walk.
UNCG scored 11 runs in the first inning. The Spartans had seven hits, a double and home run and three walks.
Leadoff batter Jasmine Palmer was hit by a pitch, and Makenna Matthijs singled down the left field line. After Marisa Sholtes loaded the bases with a walk, Cubbage drew another walk for the first run. Jordan Gontram bounced a single over the shortstop to bring home Matthijs, and Rachael McClaskey singled through the right side for another RBI-single. With one out Emily Acquaviva doubled to left center that allowed Gontram and Cubbage to score standing up. Becca Kale laid down a bunt to the first baseman for a single, and McClaskey raced home to score. A fielder’s choice to the shortstop by Palmer produced the seventh run of the inning. After Sholtes hit an RBI-single up the middle, Cubbage smoke a three-run homer to left field, her sixth of the year, for the last three runs.
The Spartans added another run in the next inning. McClaskey and Alexis Overdiep both walked. With one out, Kale was plunked by a pitch, and Palmer drew another bases-loaded walk of the game.
UNCG scored 12 runs in the fourth inning, surpassing the first inning as the most runs scored in an inning this season. The Spartans had 12 runs, seven hits, two doubles and 6 walks.
Acquaviva and Kale walked, and Palmer loaded the bases with an infield single. Matthijs got the Spartans’ third bases-loaded walk of the game, and Sholtes then ripped a double into the left center gap that allowed Palmer and Kale to score standing up. Matthijs scored on a wild pitch, and Gontram was hit by a pitch. McClaskey singled up the middle to knock in pinch-runner Breanna Butcher. The bases became loaded on an infield single by Overdiep, and Acquaviva drew another bases-loaded walk. Palmer dropped a single that bounced around the right infield line and stayed fair as Overdiep raced home. Melanie Darges drew the fifth-bases load walk. Sholtes hit her second double of the inning to left field to knock in Palmer and Kale. Cubbage produced the final two runs with a single up the middle.
NC State got on the board with a one-out solo homer to left field in the bottom of the inning and added a run on an RBI-single up the middle in the fifth inning.
The Spartans had 14 hits, three doubles, a home run and 13 walks. Sholtes led the way at the plate, going 3-4 with five RBIs, three runs, two doubles and a walk. Palmer went 2-3 with three RBIs, four runs and a walk. McClaskey was the fourth Spartan to have multiple hits, going 2-3 with two RBIs, a walk and a run.
Matthijs was 1-2 with three runs, two walks and an RBI. Gontram was also 1-2 with two runs, two walks and an RBI. Overdiep registered two runs, a walk and a hit. Acquaviva collected three RBIs, three runs, two walks and a hit. Kale turned in two runs, one RBI, one walk and one hit.
UNCG ends the regular season with its last Southern Conference series next weekend at Samford, starting with a doubleheader on Saturday at 2 p.m.
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