Feb. 18, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State rallied twice to tie Wright State, but ultimately fell 5-4 in the 11th inning of the Wolfpack’s second tilt of the afternoon Saturday at Doak Field at Dail Park.
Danny Canela hit his first homerun of the year, sparking the Pack’s comeback from a 4-2 deficit in the seventh. Canela finished the game going 2-for-5 with one RBI. John Gianis provided the game-tying RBI on his way to a 2-for-4 outing. Jake Fincher and Andrew Ciencin added State’s two other RBIs.
On the mound, Anthony Tzamtzis worked 4.0 innings as the starter, giving up two earned runs on four hits and striking out eight. The redshirt sophomore struck out seven over the first three innings. D.J. Thomas spelled Tzamtzis for the next two, giving up two earned on four hits. Chris Overman spurred the Pack’s comeback with 3.0 innings in the seventh, eighth, and ninth, striking out three and allowing a single hit.
The Wolfpack outhit Wright State 13-9 through nine innings, but left 15 runners on base. Junior transfer Ryan Wilkins (0-1) ended up saddled with the loss after giving up one run on three hits over 2.0 innings. Wright State’s Jordan Marker (1-0) came away with in the win by shutting out the Pack for the final 1.1.
The Pack (2-1) rebounded from an early 2-0 deficit on RBIs from Ciencin and Fincher in the third and fourth innings, respectively.
Wright State (1-2) responded in the sixth as the Raiders cashed in on Garrett Gray’s leadoff double, then added to the lead with Sam Picchiotti’s double to score Ryan Ashe. Pichiotti opened the scoring Saturday with a two-run triple that put Wright State ahead in the second.
Trailing 4-2, the Wolfpack answered again, this time in the seventh. Canela cranked the first pitch of his at-bat high over the 380 marker in right center to get the rally started. Tarran Senay came through with a pinch hit single, followed by Chris Diaz’s walk, before Gianis punched a single through the right side of the infield to plate the tying run.
Through the seventh, eighth, and ninth, Overman helped keep the Pack’s hopes alive, providing 3.0 innings of one-hit ball with three strikeouts and one walk. The lone hit Overman gave up was a triple to the left field wall by Ashe, with nobody out in the eighth and the game tied. Overman made it out of the jam by inducing a grounder, striking out leadoff hitter Tristan Moore, and popping up the final out.
State’s best chance to take control came in the bottom eighth, when Brett Austin doubled down the right field line with one away. After Austin advanced to third on a sac fly, Wright State intentionally walked Canela and Senay to set up an out at any base. Michael Schum managed his way out of the trouble by striking out Diaz to end the threat.
In the ninth, NC State had one more chance when Matt Bergquist’s grounder to short bounded away from the fielder to get him to first. Gianis bunted Bergquist over, and Fincher’s grounder advanced him to third, but a groundout ended the inning with Bergquist stranded there.
Wright State put the game away in the 11th when Corey Davis singled to right field, plating Justin Kopale from second. Kopale reached with one out on a double that landed in shallow right, just out of Gianis’s diving reach. The lone run proved to be enough, as the Raiders escaped with the 5-4, extra innings win.
State opened the day by drubbing Youngstown State 14-3. On Sunday, NC State finishes off opening weekend with a 1 p.m. game against St. Joseph’s. Radio coverage will be provided by 88.1 WKNC, and live stats will be available at GoPack.com.