NC State Baseball Drops Third Straight, 5-2 to James Madison
Feb. 16, 2002
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Eddie Kim drove in three runs, and Kurt Isenburg worked seven innings to lead James Madison to a 5-2 victory over NC State in second-day action at the Charleston Crab House Shootout on Saturday afternoon at Riley Park. The game was the second of the day for the Wolfpack, which earlier lost to Richmond, 4-3
JMU improved to 2-1 with the win, while the Wolfpack, which lost for the third time in two days here, fell to 2-3. Isenburg (1-0) allowed two runs on 11 hits, walking none and striking out one to get the win. Mike Trussell worked the final two innings to earn his first save of the season. Wolfpack starter Derek McKee (1-1) took the loss after allowing four runs, two of them unearned, on eight hits in seven innings. He walked three and struck out seven.
McKee, making his second start of the season, hurt his own cause in the top of the first inning with a fielding miscue on an errant pickoff throw. That allowed leadoff hitter Brent Metheny, who had reached on a single, to advance to second base. Metheny took third on a groundout and scored on Eddie Kim's sacrifice fly to center field to give JMU a 1-0 lead.
Nathan Doyle led off the top of the third with a solo homer, his second of the season, to extend James Madison's lead to 2-0. NC State got that run back in the bottom of the inning with some clutch two-out hitting from Brian Wright and Matt Butler. Wright ripped a two-out double to left field and scored on Butler's bloop single to shallow right field.
Shoddy defense by the Wolfpack led to a pair of runs for JMU in the top of the seventh. Metheny led off and reached on a bunt single. Jason Cushman then grounded to shortstop, but Metheny was safe at second on an error, and Kim followed with a two-run double to left field, giving him the RBIs for the game and giving the Dukes a 4-1 lead. Alan Lindsay greeted reliever Brian Ross with a long leadoff home run to left field in the eighth to make it 5-1.
NC State loaded the bases with none out in the bottom of the eighth, but managed just one run. Chad Orvella led off with a single to left, and Wright followed with a double down the line in right. Reliever Mike Trussell hit Matt Butler with a pitch, but Justin Riley was out on an infield fly for the first out of the inning. A pair of groundouts ended the inning and the game with just the one run crossing the plate, pulling the Wolfpack to within three runs at 5-2.