In what can only be described as hazing a freshperson, Boston College coach Ashley Obrest allowed Stephanie Lord to go the distance in both halves of Saturday's double header in Chestnut Hill even though the lefty was lambasted for 26 runs, all earned, on 32 hits. Fifteen of those hits left the yard as the N. C. State women's softball team continued its record setting season.
The Pack ladies entered the day needing just three home runs to break the previous school record of 66; they did it in the first inning of the first game and then extended the record over and over and over again. Renada Davis went deep twice to extend her individual school record to 23 home runs. The sophomore shortstop is now tied with Longwood's Megan Baltzell for the national lead.
Scout Albertson homered four times in a double header for the second time this season; she also launched her second grand slam of the year. Caitlin Dent, Kirsty Grant, Leah Jones, Hannah Sommer, and Bethany Wells also went deep on the day. Albertson and Dent both have 12 bombs on the year.
To add even more insult to injury, the Pack turned a bases loaded triple play to end game two of the series. Those three outs gave head coach Shawn Rychcik his 300th career victory and 29th at the helm of the Pack.
N.C. State moved into a tie for second place in the ACC with the doubleheader sweep and will try to close the regular season with win number 30 Sunday at noon.
I did not get a chance to write a full story on the State sweep due to the effects of drinking heavily all weekend to honor George Jones; it's hard to type when you can't find the keyboard. So, in lieu of my blurbage, head on over to gopack.com for the game story. It's worth a click just to ruminate in all the record breaking.
As noted in the comments, BC sent Lord back out to start again today because apparently she had not completed her community service. Mercifully, she was actually given the hook after coughing up another 13 runs in three innings.
Her total line for the weekend: 17 innings pitched, 41 hits, 39 runs, 33 earned runs, eight walks, nine strikeouts, three wild pitches, and four hit batters. I would go head hunting too if I served up 19 HOME RUNS!
The third win of the weekend put the Pack in sole possession of second place and gave them 30 wins on the season. They begin ACC tournament play on May 9th.