Feb. 25, 2012
CONWAY, S.C. - NC State built a five-run lead through seven innings before an 11-run deluge in the eighth and ninth helped the Wolfpack paste West Virginia 16-0 at Watson Stadium/Vrooman Field on the campus of Coastal Carolina Saturday. Logan Jernigan, D.J. Thomas, and Dillon Frye combined for 16 strikeouts to shut out the Mountaineers.
Jernigan (2-0) earned the win with five no-hit innings, allowing only three baserunners on one walk and two errors while striking out nine of 19 batters faced. Thomas relieved Jernigan in the sixth, striking out six of 11 over three innings, giving up two hits and walking none. Frye made his first collegiate appearance, recording one strikeout and walking one while tallying no hits and no runs in the ninth.
Freshman Jake Fincher and Andrew Ciencin both submitted three-hit performances to lead the NC State (5-1) offense. Fincher went 3-for-5 with two bunt singles and an infield hit for an RBI. Ciencin scored two runs, knocked in one, and drew a walk during his 3-for-5 day.
Freshman Brett Austin led State with three RBIs after going 2-for-5. Tarran Senay entered the game in the seventh, but still finished 2-for-2 with three runs, two RBIs, and a walk. John Gianis had a similar day, coming in for the eighth and wrapping up 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run.
Senay was one of five Wolfpackers to record a double, joined by Trea Turner, Grant Clyde, Chris Diaz, and Logan Ratledge.Turner stole his 10th base of the year in the first inning, improving to 10-for-10 on stolen base attempts. The freshman had a 2-for-4 game with two runs and an RBI.
Marshall Thompson (1-1) started and took the loss for West Virginia (3-3) after giving up four runs, three of them earned, on six hits over the first six innings. Reliever Austin Pressly took a beating, giving up seven runs, five of them earned, on seven hits in two innings. Gabe Brown didn't do much better in his first appearance of the year, allowing five runs on six hits in the eighth.
Turner's lead off single to left, and subsequent steal of second, helped NC State draw blood in the first. Ciencin followed him with a one-out single, advancing Turner to third. During Diaz's two-out at-bat, Ciencin was picked off, but stayed in a run down long enough for Turner to get home to take a 1-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, State added a pair of runs to jump ahead 3-0. Cinecin's second single of the game and Diaz's single through the right side set the table for Ratledge's two-out double to clear the bases.
The fifth inning saw the Wolfpack produce a run from practically nothing when Adametz got on board due to a throwing error by the Mountaineer third baseman. Fincher's bunt single put runners on first and second, West Virginia's pitcher dropped a popped up bunt by Turner to load the bases, and Austin cashed in the run on a sac fly to center to make it 4-0.
State manufactured another run in the seventh with Senay's walk, another bunt single by Fincher, a sac bunt by Turner, and a single by Austin to go up 5-0.
In the eighth, the flood gates opened as the Pack batted around for the first of two times in the game. Diaz hit a lead off double to the gap in left center. Gianis singled up the middle, and Diaz scored when the center fielder bobbled the ball attempting to throw home. Bergquist was hit by a pitch, then Senay doubled to center scoring Gianis and Bergquist, advancing to third on the throw to the plate. Fincher hit an infield single to the third baseman which scored Senay, and came home on Turner's double down the left field line. Turner represented the final run of the inning as Diaz made it to first on a fielding error by the shortstop. By inning's end, the scoreboard read 11-0 in favor of the Wolfpack.
State padded that lead with five runs in the ninth. Bergquist walked and moved to second on Senay's single down the left field line. Clyde sent a double soaring over the right fielder's head to plate Bergquist and move Senay to third. Austin followed with a single to right to score Senay and push Clyde to third. Ciencin dropped a single between three converging fielders in left center to plate Clyde and make it 14-0. Danny Canela kept the rally going with his lone single of the game to fill the bases. Gianis's single through the left side added the final two RBIs of the afternoon.
NC State wraps up Baseball at the Beach with a 3 p.m. game against Coastal Carolina at BB&T Coastal Field Sunday. Radio coverage will begin immediately following State's women's basketball game on 88.1 WKNC. Fans can follow live updates at @NCStateBaseball and live stats at GoPack.com.