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    No. 6 Pack Blanks N.C. A&T 15-0

    Feb. 19, 2014

    Weekly Schedule of Events
    Thursday, February 20 Coaches Show (Backyard Bistro) 12:15 p.m.
    Friday, February 21 vs. Appalachian State 3 p.m.
    Saturday, February 22 vs. Appalachian State 1 p.m.
    Sunday, February 23 vs. Appalachian State 1 p.m.

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    Top Performers: Logan Ratledge (2-for-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R), Patrick Peterson (5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K)
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    RALEIGH, N.C. - No. 6 NC State trampled North Carolina A&T 15-0 on Wednesday at Doak Field at Dail Park, an exclamation point on the Wolfpack's stretch of four games in four days.

    The Pack (3-1) sent 13 batters to the plate in its eight-run fifth inning, continuing State's streak of batting around at least once in each game since suffering a shutout on opening day. Logan Ratledge hit two home runs on the afternoon, including a three-run bomb in the decisive fifth frame, to become the first Wolfpack hitter to pull the feat since Trea Turner on March 5, 2013 at Elon.

    Ratledge finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs and four RBIs. Andrew Knizner and Trea Turner provided the Wolfpack's only other multi-hit efforts. Knizner smashed a pair of doubles in a 2-for-5 effort with two RBIs and a run scored. Turner matched him in RBIs and runs, going 2-for-4 to hold his 2014 batting average at .500 through 16 at-bats.

    Brett Austin scored three times to match his career high, spending his third consecutive game at the top of the Wolfpack batting order. Jake Armstrong hit his first homer of the year in a 1-for-2 day. Preston Palmeiro contributed the first single of his collegiate career in a 1-for-1 game with a walk. Jake Fincher went 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs to improve to 66-for-70 on reaching base at least once in games since 2013.

    Junior transfers Patrick and Eric Peterson made their debuts in Wolfpack red. The identical twins combined to shut out the Bulldogs (1-1) for eight innings on three hits with three strikeouts. Patrick Peterson (1-0) scored the win as the starter, working the first 5 2/3 and striking out two. Eric Peterson held A&T hitless through the next 2 1/3 with one strikeout. Jon Olczak cruised through the ninth without allowing a hit.

    Holding a 3-0 lead at the end of four, NC State blew the doors off with an eight-run inning to seal the victory. Austin walked to start the rally, and moved to second on a wild pitch. Fincher reached on a high hopper to third, keeping Austin at second. Turner bounced an RBI single up the middle to score Austin. Bubby Riley ripped an RBI single through the right side to score Fincher from second, stretching the lead to 5-0.

    Ratledge stepped to the plate next and delivered a towering shot to left, his first homer of the day, to extend the lead to 8-0. After an A&T pitching change and a fly out to right center, freshman Nathan Hood drew a one-out walk. Hood advanced to third on a wild pitch and a failed pick off before scoring on Knizner's groundout to short. Fellow freshman Garrett Suggs drew the first of back-to-back walks issued by the Bulldogs to put two on. Fincher reached on a hard hit ball to third and a throwing error, loading the bases with two away. Turner finished the rally with a single up the middle to score a pair.

    NC State returns to action on Friday, February 21 at 3 p.m. for the first of a three-game series against Appalachian State at Doak Field at Dail Park. Streaming coverage for the first two games will be carried by ESPN3. Coverage for Sunday's game will stream on GoPack All-Access. 88.1 WKNC will provide radio coverage all weekend. Fans can also follow along with live stats from GoPack.com and Twitter updates from @NCStateBaseball.


     

     

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