Baseball Splits Doubleheader With Penn State
March 5, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. — Chris Schaeffer walked to force in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning Saturday, and Matt Bergquist followed with a two-run double to lift NC State to a 4-1 victory over Penn State in the first game of a doubleheader at Doak Field at Dail Park.
The Nittany Lions got three hits and two RBIs apiece from Sean Deegan and Luis Montesinos in the nightcap and defeated the Wolfpack 9-4 to salvage a split of the twin-bill. Penn State won the three-game series from NC State, two games to one.
Saturday’s first game was a 1-1 pitchers’ duel through the middle of the seventh inning. Deegan led off the game with a homer to right field and freshman Dylan Brown tied it with a leadoff homer to right in the bottom of the fifth.
The Wolfpack’s three-run uprising in the seventh made a winner of lefthander Grant Sasser (1-1), who worked 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of starter Danny Healey, who allowed a run on three hits in 6 1/3 innings. Penn State starter Steven Hill (0-1) took the loss after allowing two runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings.
In the second game, the Nittany Lions scored a run in the top of the first on Montesinos’s triple into the right-field corner, then added three in the top of the third on five hits, two of which didn’t leave the infield, and a Wolfpack error. Jordan Steranka and Joe DeBernardis had back-to-back RBI-singles in the inning.
An RBI-double by Bobby Jacobs and a wild pitch by Ethan Ogburn brought two more runs home in the top of the fifth and gave Penn State a 6-0 lead.
Andrew Ciencin had two-out RBI hits in both the fifth and seventh innings for NC State, but the Nittany Lions scored two more in the top of the eighth on four hits, a sacrifice fly by Deegan, and an error. Deegan walked with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth to force in another run and make it 9-2.
Penn State starter John Walter (1-2) got the win after allowing just one run in 5 1/3 innings, despite allowing four hits and walking six. NC State starter Josh Easley (0-2) took the loss. He allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits in 2 2/3 innings.
NC State will return to action on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 8 and 9 at Doak Field at Dail Park for a two-game series vs. Radford. Contrary to previous reports, game times for both games are set for 3 p.m., but because of spring break, those game times could be changed. Please check GoPack.com regularly for schedule updates.
Both games will be broadcast live on WKNC-FM (88.1), and both broadcasts can be heard on-line with live video streaming 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.
As always, please visit GoPack.com regularly for full coverage of all NC State athletics news and events.