NC State Rolls Past Delaware State 12-2
Feb. 4, 2006
RALEIGH, N.C. - Sophomore righthander Eryk McConnell was perfect for six innings, and he and three relievers took a no-hitter into the ninth inning Saturday before settling for a one-hitter and a 12-2 victory over Delaware State in the middle game of a three-game series at Doak Field.
McConnell (1-0), a transfer from Western Carolina who was making his first college appearance and his first competitive pitching appearance in almost three years, needed just 59 pitches to completely stifle the Hornets through six innings. He recorded 15 of 18 outs on ground balls and had just one three-ball count. McConnell, who redshirted as a true freshman at WCU in 2004, had Tommy John ligament transplant surgery in May of 2004 and did not pitch at all in 2005.
Delaware State starter Nick Bitter (0-1) allowed eight runs on 11 hits in five-plus innings. He walked two and struck out one.
Third baseman Matt Mangini was the hitting star for the Pack, going 4-for-4 with three RBIs. Matt Camp, held hitless for the first time ever in a college season-opener on Friday, went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs. Caleb Mangum went 3-for-5 and drove in a run.
Camp led off the bottom of the first for the Wolfpack and singled to left, his first hit of the season. Ramon Corona sacrificed Camp to second base and Aaron Bates advanced him to third on a groundout. Brian Aragon walked and stole second. When Bitter's pitch bounced past home plate, Camp scored from third on the wild pitch with the first run of the game.
Mangini and Mangum reached on back-to-back one-out singles in the bottom of the second, and moved up to second and third on a wild pitch. Jonathan Diaz drove in Mangini with a sacrifice fly to right field, and Camp drove in Mangum with an infield single to second base to give the Wolfpack a 3-0 lead.
The Pack struck again in the bottom of the third. Bates led off and singled to left. Ryan Pond was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and third with one away. Aaron Cone's infield grounder moved the runners to second and third, and Mangini made it 5-0 with a two-run single to right.
In the bottom of the fifth, Mangum led off and singled up the middle. Diaz laid down a bunt to advance the runner to second, and Camp's grounder to second moved Mangum to third. Corona got the run home to make it 6-0 with a ground-rule double to right field.
Camp led off the bottom of the sixth with an opposite-field double that short-hopped the wall in left field, and Bitter hit Corona with a pitch. That was the end of the day for Bitter, who gave way to Josh Schmidt. Bates bunted the runners to second and third. Camp scored on a passed ball, and Corona scored on a wild pitch on ball four to Pond to make it 8-0.
Brandon Graveley came in to pitch for Delaware in the bottom of the eighth and promptly loaded the bases on walks to Bates and Aragon and a bad-hop infield single to Chris Engle. Aaron Cone bounced into a force play, with Bates retired at the plate, but Mangini singled to right to drive in Aragon, and Caleb Mangum singled through the left side of the infield to drive in Engle and make it 10-0. Diaz drew a walk to drive in Cone, and Camp's sacrifice fly to center field drove in Mangini to make it 12-0, Wolfpack.
Delaware State broke up the perfect game on a two-out walk to Joe Danks in the top of the eighth, then broke up the no-hitter in the top of the ninth. Matt Carey led off and drew a pinch-hit walk from reliever Adam McLaurin. Jared Lineweaver followed with a double into the left-field corner. C.J. Acker then broke up the shutout with an RBI grounder to second base, allowing Carey to score, and Lineweaver scored on an error to make the final score 12-2.
NC State and Delaware State will play the final game of the series on Sunday. Game time is set for 1 p.m.