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    No. 6 Pack Sprints Past N.C. A&T 17-4

    March 5, 2014

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    Top Performers: Andrew Knizner (3-for-4, HR, 5 RBI, 2 R), Andrew Woeck (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K)
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    RALEIGH, N.C. - Freshman Andrew Knizner contributed a career-high five RBIs and his second homer of the year, as sixth-ranked NC State baseball dismantled North Carolina A&T, 17-4 on Wednesday at Doak Field at Dail Park.

    The Pack (10-2) found itself in a 4-2 hole through three innings, before tying the game in the fifth, and ripping it apart one inning later with 10 runs in the sixth. State's 10-run inning is the largest since the 2010 Wolfpack opened the year with a 10-run inning against La Salle.

    Pack pitchers fanned 14 Aggie (6-4) batters, marking the seventh time in 12 contests the Wolfpack pitching staff has recorded double-digit punchouts.

    Knizner extends his hitting streak to 10 games in the Wolfpack victory. The third baseman's streak is the longest by an NC State player this season, and the longest by a State freshman since Trea Turner and Brett Austin had hitting streaks of 13 and 11 games, respectively, in 2012. Knizner is chasing Dallas Poulk's NC State freshman record of 17 games, set during the 2007 season.

    Logan Ratledge set a new career-high with four hits in a 4-for-5 game with three RBIs. Ratledge started the Pack's second, fourth, and sixth innings with leadoff singles. Jake Fincher and Trea Turner provided the Wolfpack's only other multi-hit outings. Turner went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, while Fincher scored three times in a 2-for-3 evening with a walk.

    Freshman Kyle Cavanaugh drove in three runs in a 1-for-5 performance, two of those on a seventh-inning double. Nathan Hood went 1-for-1 with a run scored. Garrett Suggs added an RBI double in a 1-for-3 contest.

    NC State utilized six pitchers on the afternoon. Starter Patrick Peterson left for his twin brother Eric Peterson after 2 2/3. Eric stemmed the A&T tide with 2 1/3 innings of one-hit ball, striking out three. Andrew Woeck struck out all three batters he faced in the sixth. D.J. Thomas, Chris Williams, and Will Gilbert took one inning each the rest of the way, holding the Aggies scoreless on four hits combined.

    State drew blood in the bottom first on Riley's RBI single through the right side to score Fincher. After the Aggies tied the game 1-1 in the top second, the Pack responded with Knizner's RBI single to score Ratledge.

    North Carolina A&T took a 4-2 lead with three runs in the third, before State rallied to even the score in the fifth. Turner started that rally with a single up the middle. Fincher followed with a single to right, and both runners moved into scoring position on a throwing error. Cavanaugh's fielder's choice to short scored Turner. Fincher scored during an error on the play to knot it, 4-4.

    The landscape of the game changed completely with State's 10-run sixth. Ratledge beat out a bunt single to start the inning, stole second, and advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher. Suggs reached on a fielding error at third, setting the stage for Knizner's three-run bomb.

    John Mangum reached on a dropped third strike to keep the rally going. Turner singled to right center to put two on. Fincher singled to third on a bunt, and two runs crossed on a throwing error from third. Armstrong singled to left center to score Fincher. Riley reached on a fielding error at first, leaving runners on the corners with one out. A double play ball scored Armstrong and left the bases clear with two away. Ratledge, Suggs, and Knizner provided three singles in a row to score two more. Mangum singled through the left side to extend the lead to 14-4.

    NC State returns to action on Friday, March 7 to host the first of a three-game series against new ACC member Notre Dame. All three games will be streamed by ESPN3. Fans can follow along with live stats on GoPack.com, Twitter updates from @NCStateBaseball, or listen to the radio broadcast on 88.1 WKNC.


     

     

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