Baseball Thumps No. 17 Coastal Carolina, 12-3
Feb. 27, 2011
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Danny Healey was dealing so he didn’t need an avalanche of run suppport Sunday. He got one anyway.
NC State scored seven runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 9-0 lead, and Healey shut down 17th-ranked Coastal Carolina on two hits in seven innings as the Wolfpack rolled to a 12-3 victory over the Chanitcleers in the final game of Baseball at the Beach at BB&T Coastal Field.
NC State, which won two of three games in the three-day tournament, improved to 3-3 with the victory. Coastal Carolina, which lost three of four games over the weekend, dropped to 4-4 with the loss.
The Wolfpack collected 16 hits and got offense up and down the lineup. Brett Williams, moved to the leadoff spot in the order for the first time, went 4-for-5, scored twice and drove in a run. Pratt Maynard went 2-for-6 with a triple and drove in three runs. Harold Riggins matched his career total with two triples in six at-bats, driving in a run with each. Tarran Senay went 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
All that offense was much more than Healey needed. The sophomore righthander allowed two runs on two hits in seven outstanding innings. He walked two and matched his career high with six strikeouts. Healey gave up a one-out double to Hayes Orton in the first inning, a walk to Orton in the fourth and a walk to John Fidanza in the fifth before Coastal finally nicked him for a pair of runs in the sixth.
In two appearances this season, Healey is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA. He has allowed four hits and struck out 12 in 12 innings of work.
NC State scored single runs in the second and third innings. Senay drove in Chris Schaeffer with a single to left in the second, and Riggins drove in Williams with a triple into the right-field corner.
The Wolfpack had six hits through three innings, and Coastal Carolina starter Jim Birmingham (0-1) was not long for this game. John Gianis led off the top of the fourth and singled to left, and Birmingham hit Chris Diaz with a pitch. Matt Bergquist loaded the bases with a one-out single to center.
At that point, Chanticleer coach Gary Gilmore yanked Birmingham in favor of sidearmer Aaron Burke, who hit Williams with a pitch to force in a run, then served up a bases-clearing triple to Maynard to make it 6-0. Andrew Ciencin singled to left to drive in Maynard, and Riggins smoked another triple down the right-field line and into the corner to give the Wolfpack an 8-0 lead. Matt Laney came in for Burke and appeared to get out of the inning on Schaeffer’s grounder to third base, but Tripp Martin booted the ball for an error, allowing Riggins to score the seventh and final run of the inning.
The Wolfpack added three more runs, all unearned, in the top of the sixth. Ciencin led off with a grounder to third that Martin threw away for his second error of the game. Ciencin went to second on the overthrow, and Gianis drew a two-out walk. Diaz’s two-out infield single loaded the bases, and Senay and Bergquist followed with singles to drive in the three runs.
The Chanticleers scored a pair of runs off Healey in the bottom of the sixth, thanks to a throwing error by Ciencin and a balk by Healey. Coastal Carolina added its final run in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI-double by Orton.
NC State will return home and play Davidson on Tuesday at Doak Field at Dail Park. Game time is 3 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on WKNC-FM (88.1), and the broadcast can be heard on-line on GoPack.com’s All-Access package. Live stats will be available on Gametracker. Just click the Gametracker icon on the baseball schedule page on GoPack.com.
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