March 7, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State extended its win-streak to four games with an 11-0 demolition of in-state rival Davidson, made possible by freshman outfielder Logan Ratledge’s career day, a 3-for-5, three RBI, one run performance, Wednesday at Doak Field at Dail Park.
All afternoon, Wolfpack hitters took advantage of a Davidson defense that just couldn’t get out of innings. The Wildcats (4-6) finished the game with eight errors, providing State (9-2) with plenty of opportunity to rack up 13 hits on the ballgame.
Ratledge’s trio of RBIs led the day for the Pack, but Chris Diaz added a pair of his own as he went 2-for-3 with a run and two RBIs to extend his season-opening hitting streak to 11 games and improve his average to .426. Those RBIs bring Diaz’s total to 14 on the year, good for the team lead.
Ryan Mathews kept his hot streak going with two stand-up doubles before subbing out in the fourth. Mathews finished the afternoon 2-for-3 with a run scored to improve to 7-for-11 with four doubles, three RBIs, and four runs in the Pack’s last three contests.
Bryan Adametz saw action in left field, replacing Tarran Senay in the fifth, and made the most of it, going 2-for-2 with two runs for State’s only other multi-hit performance. Trea Turner stole second and third in the first inning to climb to 13-for-13 on stolen base attempts this year. The freshman represented one of four Wolfpackers, along with Andrew Ciencin, Grant Clyde, and Matt Bergquist, to knock in one RBI.
State utilized five pitchers on the afternoon, with Danny Healey (2-0) going the longest to record the win. Healey pitched three innings, allowing one hit, no runs, striking out one, and walking none. Logan Jernigan started and pitched the first two innings, giving up no runs, two hits and one walk. Vance Williams relieved Healey, pitching the sixth and seventh without allowing a run, striking out two, and surrendering one hit. Travis Orwig pitched the eighth, and Chris Overman closed out the game. Orwig and Overman gave up one hit each, and Overman recorded the only strikeout between the two.
Davidson blew through six pitchers, but starter Rob Bain (0-1) took the loss. Bain was battered to the tune of eight runs, only one earned, on seven hits over the first 2 2/3.
NC State wasted no time taking control, scoring eight runs over the first three innings. Turner led off the game by reaching on an error, and proceeded to steal second and third. Ciencin drove him in with a sac fly to center. In the second, Mathews double down the left field line produced another run as Ratledge drove him in on a hit-and-run through the right side to make it 2-0.
The wheels came off for Davidson in the bottom of the third. Diaz led off with a single down the left field line and Ciencin followed him on board when the third baseman mishandled a backhand attempt. Canela singled up the middle and Davidson’s shortstop’s errant flip to second from behind the bag sailed wide, allowing Diaz to score. With runners on the corners and two-out Clyde plated Ciencin on a bunt single. Ratledge followed him with an infield single to load the bases. Bergquist made it 5-0 on Davidson’s shortstop’s wild throw to first. Turner drew a bases loaded walk, then Diaz drove in two runs with a liner up the middle to extend the lead to 8-0.
The Wolfpack tacked on another in the fourth thanks to Mathews’s second double of the afternoon, this time to left center. John Gianis pinch ran for Mathews and scored when Davidson’s catcher air-mailed the first baseman on a dropped third strike.
Another run came home in the sixth on Ratledge’s second RBI of the game. Adametz scored the run after singling and advancing to second on the third baseman’s throwing error. Clyde moved the runner to third, setting up Ratledge to reach on a ball hit through the shortstop’s legs. The Pack made it 11-0 in the eighth thanks to Adametz and Ratledge again. Adametz hit a one-out triple to center, partially credited to the fielder’s attempt at a diving catch, and Ratledge knocked him in with a two-out single through the left side.
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