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    No. 6 Pack Wins Fifth-Straight, Shuts Out App State

    Feb. 22, 2014

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    Top Performers: Jake Fincher (2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI, SB), Logan Jernigan (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K)
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    RALEIGH, N.C. - No. 6 NC State baseball blanked Appalachian State, 7-0, on Saturday at Doak Field at Dail Park behind 11 combined strikeouts in a two-hit performance from Logan Jernigan and Jon Olczak.

    The Pack (5-1) wins its fifth-straight, with all five wins coming in the last six days. State scored single runs in the first and second and never looked back. Following a leadoff walk in the Mountaineer (0-6) fifth, Wolfpack pitchers mowed down the last 15 batters in order, and 25 of 28 starting with the final out of the first inning.

    Jernigan (1-0) claimed the win by holding App State to two hits over the first six innings, striking out seven while walking three. Jernigan's seven punchouts are two shy of his career, nine as a freshman against Georgia Tech in 2012. Olczak earned his first career save with four strikeouts and no walks over a hitless final three frames. The sophomore righthander struck out the first three batters he faced.

    Jake Fincher represented the only Wolfpack batter with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs, a double, and his second stolen base of 2014. Fincher improves to 68-for-72 on reaching base at least once in games since 2013. Trea Turner went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run, an RBI, and his sixth stolen base of the year. Turner currently boasts an 18-game streak of reaching safely, dating back to last season.

    Brett Austin led off the Wolfpack order for the fifth consecutive game, going 1-for-3 with an RBI. Andrew Knizner contributed a double in a 1-for-3 game with two runs and an RBI. Garrett Suggs scored twice while going 1-for-2. Preston Palmeiro drew his first career start, playing first base.

    Turner completely manufactured a run in the top of the first by drawing a two-out walk, advancing to second on a balk, and crossing the plate after an errant throw to third in an attempt to catch him stealing. The Pack extended its lead to 2-0 on Austin's RBI single through the right side to score Logan Ratledge.

    The Wolfpack forced the issue with two runs in the fourth and sixth, and an insurance run in the seventh, to set the final margin at 7-0. In the fourth, Knizner's ground-rule double preceeded back-to-back walks to set the table for Fincher's RBI single through the right side. Turner's sac fly scored the next. Both runs in the sixth came on Fincher's two-RBI double to right center, scoring Suggs and Knizner. Nathan Hood scored in the seventh after reaching on a walk, advancing to second on an errant pickoff throw, and taking third on a wild pitch. Knizner's grounder to third plated the final run.

    NC State returns to action on Sunday, February 23 at 1 p.m. for the series finale against App State. Streaming coverage will be provided by GoPack All-Access. Radio duties will be handled by 88.1 WKNC. Fans can also follow along on @NCStateBaseball, or with live stats on GoPack.com.


     

     

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