Feb. 28, 2012
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RALEIGH, N.C. – Danny Canela notched the first four-hit game of his career, knocking in four RBIs, and Danny Healey pitched three perfect innings before giving up a run in his fourth to propel NC State past Campbell 9-2 Tuesday at Doak Field at Dail Park.
Canela’s monster day started with a single through the right side immediately following Andrew Ciencin’s first homerun of the season to help the Wolfpack (6-2) build a 2-0 lead in the first. Canela’s next at-bat plated another pair of runs to make it 4-0 on a double ripped down the right field line.
After another single in the fourth, Campbell (5-3) brought in lefthander Matt Marksberry to no avail as Canela deposited another double into right field. The junior finished 4-for-5 with four RBIs, a pair of doubles, and two runs scored as State’s designated hitter.
“I liked the way we got the ball in play a little earlier today,” said NC State head coach Elliott Avent. “Our plan was to concentrate on good baserunning, creating quality at-bats, and playing sound defense. I think we managed to improve on all those areas today.”
Healey (1-0) relieved starter Vance Williams to begin the fifth and proceeded to throw three perfect innings before allowing his only hit, a solo shot to Campbell’s Jake Kirkland in the eighth. Healey worked four innings giving up one earned run, striking out four, and walking none.
Williams looked strong in his start, striking out three batters over four innings, giving up one earned run on six hits. Chris Overman pitched the ninth, striking out two as he breezed through in order. With a combined nine strikeouts Tuesday, Pack pitchers have fanned 52 over the last 35 innings.
“Our hitting settled the pitchers down and allowed them to focus on doing their job,” said Avent. “I think most of the guys were disappointed in Sunday’s effort, and they came back with great patience in their at-bats today.”
Chris Diaz turned in State’s only other multi-hit performance of the afternoon, a 2-for-5 outing with one RBI. Ryan Mathews went 1-for-1 with an RBI after entering in the eighth. Tarran Senay hit an RBI single in the second to go 1-for-3. Freshman Logan Ratledge got the start in center, going 1-for-5 with a double and a run scored.
Campbell’s starter Ryan Koopman (0-2) took the loss after giving up four runs, all earned, on three hits over 1 1/3 innings. Campbell deployed five pitchers, none lasting longer than 2 1/3 innings.
NC State took command early with Ciencin’s two-out solo homer to left center in the first. The rally continued as Canela singled, Senay walked, and Diaz plated the second run of the inning on a liner up the middle to make it 2-0. State added to that lead in the second when Trea Turner and Brett Austin walked on consecutive at-bats with one away. Canela’s double cleared the bases one out later to push the lead to 4-0. Senay followed Canela with his RBI single to extend it to 5-0.
In the fourth, Campbell broke through for its first run of the ballgame when Kyle Holstrom scored Michael Felton from second on a single to right. Felton reached on a walk and advanced to second on a fielder’s choice.
The Wolfpack bats went relatively quiet over the next three innings, but in the sixth, Canela’s second double of the day scored Austin and Ciencin after the pair drew one-out walks. In the seventh, another run came home for State, making the margin 8-1 after Ratledge’s double set up a Matt Bergquist RBI single.
Kirkland’s mammoth homer to left center, the only hit against Healey all afternoon, made the game 8-2 in the top of the eighth. The Pack answered with Mathews’s RBI single in the bottom half of the inning, scoring pinch-runner Bryan Adametz to set the final score, 9-2. Overman sat Campbell down in order to wrap up the game in a non-save situation.
NC State travels to Wilmington, N.C. this weekend for four games, two against UNC Asheville and a pair against UNC Wilmington. The Pack plays Asheville on Friday before games against both teams on Saturday, and a Sunday finale against Wilmington. Radio coverage for the weekend will be provided by 88.1 WKNC, fans can follow live updates from @NCStateBaseball, and live stats will be available on GoPack.com.