NC State Baseball Slips Past Campbell, 3-2
Feb. 13, 2004
BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Mike Rogers carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and Matt Camp doubled, tripled and drove in a pair of runs Friday afternoon to lead NC State past Campbell 3-2 at Taylor Field. The game was the season opener for the Wolfpack. The Camels fell to 0-4.
Rogers (1-0) allowed two runs, one of them unearned, on three hits in six innings of work. He walked none and struck out three. He hit Jason Brown leading off the second inning, but otherwise was perfect through five innings. Campbell starter Josh Blades (0-2) was almost as effective, pitcing a complete game and allowing three runs on eight hits. He was victimized by a poor decision by left fielder Alston Hatch in the top of the first inning. Camp led off with a sinking liner to left, and Hatch tried to make a diving catch on the ball. Instead, it skipped past him for a triple, and Camp scored on Bryan Kinneberg's fielder's choice ground ball to first base.
The Wolfpack added a pair of runs in the top of the fifth. David Hicks led off with a walk and was forced out on Ryan Johnson's grounder to shortstop. Jake Muyco singled to right field, with Johnson taking third on the play, and after Jonathan Diaz was ruled out for running out of the running path on his -squeeze-bunt attempt, Camp delivered a two-out double to right-center to clear the bases and give NC State a 3-0 lead.
The Camels finally got to Rogers in the bottom of the sixth, breaking up the no-hitter and the shutout. Nick Popp led off with a bloop single behind the second-base bag for the Camels' first hit of the day, and Jeff Randol doubled into the right-field corner. Campbell coach Chip Smith sent Popp to the plate when Lee Mezistrano didn't come up with the ball cleanly right away, but David Hicks made a perfect relay throw to nail Popp at the plate. After Jeff Blick flied out to shallow center field, Rogers looked like he was going to escape unscathed, but Joe Anthonsen doubled to left to drive in Randol, and Anthonsen scored when Dustin Knight misplayed Michael Priest's grounder to third for an error. That pulled Campbell to within a run at 3-2, but the Wolfpack ended the inning by erasing Priest at second as he tried to advance on the throw home.
The Camels were not heard from again. Collin Brown came in for Rogers to start the bottom of the seventh and pitched two perfect innings, and Joey Devine worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his first save of the campaign.
NC State and Campbell will play the second half of this home-and-home two-game series on Saturday at Doak Field. The game will begin at 2 p.m.