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    Shepard's Grand Slam Propels No. 6 Pack Past Davidson

    Feb. 25, 2014

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    Top Performers: Chance Shepard (1-for-4, HR, 4 RBI, R), Andrew Woeck (4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K)
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    RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State's Chance Shepard unloaded a fourth-inning grand slam, the first home run of his career, to propel the sixth-ranked Wolfpack to a 7-5 win over Davidson on Tuesday at Doak Field at Dail Park.

    Shepard's slam provided the brunt of a five-run inning the Pack (7-1) used to string together its seventh win in a row, with all seven coming in the last nine days. The sophomore designated hitter finished 1-for-4 with four RBIs and a run scored.

    The top seven batters in the Wolfpack order scored exactly one time in the win. Jake Fincher drove in a pair in a 2-for-4 night with a double and a run scored. Trea Turner went 2-for-5 with a run and a double, his first extra-base hit of the year. Bubby Riley went 2-for-5 with a run. Andrew Knizner went 2-for-3.

    Andrew Woeck (1-0) claimed the win in a sterling four-inning effort, shutting out the Wildcats (2-3) on three hits with two walks while punching out five. Patrick Peterson started and retired 10 of 12 between the last out of the first and the final out of the fourth. A rocky start to the fifth inning chased him from the game with the bases loaded and nobody out. Jon Olczak closed the door with his second save in his last two appearances.

    The game turned on Shepard's grand slam in the fourth, the first for a Wolfpack hitter since Grant Clyde pulled the feat on April 21, 2013 in a win at Georgia Tech. Fincher led off the inning with a walk. Riley singled through the left side and advanced to second on a throwing error. Austin walked to load the bases. Ratledge sent a fly to center that was misplayed, for an RBI to grant the Pack a 2-1 lead.

    Shepard stepped in next, delivering a towering shot to left field on the first pitch he saw, pushing State to a 6-1 advantage. Davidson rallied with four runs in the top of the fifth, but never tied the game again. The Pack added a run in the sixth on Fincher's RBI single to right center, scoring Turner after a single and a stolen base, to set the final margin at 7-5.

    NC State returns to action on Friday, February 28 to host Michigan for the Pack's first game in the Irish Classic. Streaming coverage will be carried by GoPack All-Access. Radio duties will be handled by 88.1 WKNC. Fans can also follow along with live stats on GoPack.com, or with Twitter updates from @NCStateBaseball.


     

     

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