Baseball Rallies Past Davidson In 8th, 3-2
March 1, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. — Danny Canela drove in Andrew Ciencin with an eighth-inning single to center field, and Ethan Ogburn and two relievers combined on a five-hitter Tuesday to lift NC State past Davidson 3-2 at Doak Field at Dail Park.
Ciencin, who led off the eighth with his second double and third hit of the game, made a winner of Chris Overman (1-0), who worked 1 2/3 scorless innings. The game’s real pitching story was Ogburn, who started, worked six innings and did not allow a hit until one out in the sixth. He struck out 11 while walking just two.
Ogburn’s 11 strikeouts not only were the most by an NC State pitcher in 2011, but surpassed the career high of every pitcher on the current Wolfpack staff. Cory Mazzoni fanned nine last May 21 vs. Duke. The last NC State pitcher to strike out more than 11 in a game was Jake Buchanan, who struck out 13 against Georgia Tech last April 30.
“It was nice to win a close game,” Wolfpack head coach Elliott Avent said. “I thought our pitching was excellent. Ethan Ogburn was outstanding. His breaking ball was really good today, and Chris Overman pitched really well.”
Four Davidson pitchers combined to scatter eight NC State hits and make the game a pitchers’ duel. The Wolfpack scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the third. Pratt Maynard walked and scored all the way from first when Davidson third baseman Andrew Barna threw away Ciencin’s infield single.
NC State made it 2-0 in the fifth when Brett Williams led off with a single to left and scored all the way from first on Ciencin’s double to left-center.
Ogburn almost made the two-run lead hold up. He retired the first eight men he faced before walking Daniel Gerow with two out in the third, then retired seven more in a row before issuing a leadoff walk to Kelly Myers in the top of the sixth. Myers stole second base and scored Davidson’s first run on Forrest Brandt’s two-out double to right, cutting NC State’s lead to 2-1.
Ogburn was done after six, and Davidson scratched across the tying run in the seventh on a single by Barna, a sacrifice bunt by Calvin Sigelbaum, and a single by Myers. When the Wildcats threatened again in the top of the eighth, Overman came out of the pen and shut the door, retiring the final five Davidson hitters of the game and setting the stage for Ciencin and Canela in the bottom of the eighth.
“I thought we executed well in that inning to get the go-ahead run across,” Avent said. “You have to execute in those situations in close games.”
NC State will take Wednesday and Thursday off before hosting Penn State in a three-game series at Doak Field at Dail Park this weekend. Game times are scheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. All three games are scheduled to be broadcast live on WKNC-FM (88.1), and all three broadcasts 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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