If one needs proof for the old adage that women are tougher than men, one only needs to squeeze a human out of an orifice or perhaps look at the example of the wind-milling right arm of Emily Weiman. The fact that Weiman was playing at all- -the baseball team called off their game with Elon due to a little rain and chill in the air- -is tough enough, but this bionic lady refuses to stop at simply putting in a day's work. Weiman, as she is wont to do, took to the circle for both games of a doubleheader with Georgia Tech. She had less than her best stuff in both contests but made big pitches when she had to, stranding 17 Yellow Jackets over her 12 innings. In all, she made 217 pitches plus countless more warming up between innings and before the games. Oh, and she won both games, improving her season record to 15-8.
N.C. State (17-9, 8-3) righted the ship after dropping all three games of the Florida State series last weekend, climbing to within a half game of first in the ACC standings with the twin bill sweep. Weiman gutted her way to a complete game in the opener, a 5-4 final, despite giving up nine hits, walking four, and having a batter reach via error. The Pack got their five runs on just five hits, including a two-run homer from Renada Davis, her sixth, while the Jackets (18-8, 7-6) stranded 10 runners.
Tech, which has wins over top 25 teams Notre Dame and Tulsa, jumped to a 2-0 lead in game two, but the inning was nonetheless emblematic of their struggles. They had a runner pegged out at home and left two on in the inning.
An RBI double by Leah Jones, who was 3-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI, cut the lead in half in the second. Kirsty Grant, who went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI, knotted the game with a two-out single. After Tech went ahead 3-2 in the fourth, the Pack rattled off eight unanswered runs to win 10-3. Molly Hutchison had a double among two hits and drove in three. Hannah Yeager hit her first career home run.
Weiman surrendered 10 hits and walked a batter in five frames but wriggled out of harm's way enough times to leave with the lead. Courtney Mirabella finished things off with two scoreless innings and struck out five. She entered the game with the Pack up by just a pair, so she notched her first career save despite the lopsided final.
Weiman and the Pack get right back at it Saturday with a doubleheader against Virginia Tech. The three-game set concludes Sunday. After coming up a win shy of the super regionals last year, the Hokies have taken a step back. They'll enter the weekend set with a 13-12 overall record, including a 4-4 mark in league play.