No. 13 Virginia Tech Softball Drops Fourth Straight ACC Game At NC State

Emma Ritter and Virginia Tech came up short on Friday evening in Raleigh. (Virginia Tech athletics)

No. 13 Virginia Tech softball dropped its fourth consecutive ACC game on Friday, stumbling 5-4 to NC State in the first game of the series.

It was an odd outing against a team from the bottom of the conference for the Hokies (28-9-1, 9-4 ACC), who struggled to score. The fact that they lost to a Wolfpack (20-16, 2-11) team that had won just one ACC game entering Friday made it more uncharacteristic.

NC State starter Rylee Wyman shut Tech down about as well as anyone has this season. She pitched all seven innings and allowed seven hits and four runs, walking three and striking out two.

Wyman prevented the Hokies — who entered Friday averaging 7.86 runs per game, good for fifth in the country — from their usual offensive efficiency. They hit 4-for-14 with runners on base, including 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

Emma Lemley pitched the duration and was OK; the Wolfpack notched five hits and five runs off of her. She struck out eight batters and walked three.

The Wolfpack took the lead on Lemley’s 103rd pitch in the sixth inning. Third baseman Hannah Goodwin knocked a two-run double into the right field corner, transforming the game from a 3-3 tie to a 5-3 Wolfpack lead.

Hokies left fielder Addy Greene hit a solo homer in the seventh to begin a rally, but Tech’s effort fell short.

Catcher Kylie Aldridge hit Tech’s other home run, sending a two-run shot to build a 3-2 lead in the second inning. Aldridge has three homers in the past two games after crushing two on Wednesday against Liberty.

Aside from Greene and Aldridge, very little worked on the offensive end for Tech. Greene led the team with three hits, but no other player had more than one.

After starting ACC play 9-0, the Hokies have now dropped four straight, going back to last weekend at No. 2 Duke. They will look to end that streak on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.

Box Score: NC State 5, No. 13 Virginia Tech 4 

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  1. Did Duke make us forget how to hit, or r NC schools just our nemesis this year?

    1. It feels like they feel entitled. The opposing teams do not agree…………..

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