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    No. 6 Wolfpack Blanks Michigan, Wins Eighth-Straight

    Feb. 28, 2014

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    Top Performers: Brett Austin (2-for-4, 2B, RBI, R), Logan Jernigan (7.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K)
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    RALEIGH, N.C. - No. 6 NC State baseball claimed its eighth win in a row on Friday at Doak Field at Dail Park, thanks to a combined shutout from Wolfpack pitchers Logan Jernigan, D.J. Thomas, and Eric Peterson.

    The Pack (8-1) strolled to a 3-0 lead through the second, and closed the door with Jernigan, Thomas, and Peterson. Jernigan (2-0) claimed the win on a career-long 7 1/3 in only 77 pitches, holding the Wolverines (1-6-1) to four hits and a walk while striking out four. The junior has gone 13 1/3 shutout innings in his last two outings combined, holding opponents to six hits and four walks while fanning 11. Jernigan has not allowed a run in his last 15 1/3 innings.

    Thomas entered in the seventh, retiring two of three batters faced with a strikeout. Peterson picked up his first save of the year with a perfect ninth.

    Brett Austin provided the only extra-base hit of the afternoon for either side, a leadoff double to start the game. Austin finished 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, returning to the leadoff spot for the seventh time in nine games. Logan Ratledge went 2-for-4 with a run. Kyle Cavanaugh submitted a 2-for-3 effort with a run and an RBI. Fellow freshman Andrew Knizner turned in a 2-for-3 performance of his own.

    Austin's double opened the game for State, and a sac bunt from Jake Fincher moved him to third with one away. A passed ball during the next at-bat brought him home to put the Pack on top 1-0 early.

    Ratledge helped the Wolfpack stretch that lead by starting the second with a single through the left side. A pair of strikeouts left him planted there with two down, until Cavanuagh's RBI single to center scored Ratledge from second after a wild pitch. Knizner singled behind Cavanaugh to put two on, and Austin's RBI single through the right side set the final margin at 3-0.

    NC State returns to action on Saturday, March 1 to play defending national champions UCLA at the USA Baseball Complex, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Fans can follow along with live stats on GoPack.com, Twitter updates from @NCStateBaseball, or by listening to 88.1 WKNC.


     

     

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