Williams, Conner Lead Pack Past Radford, 6-3
March 8, 2011
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Williams (1-0) pitched a career-longest six innings and allowed a run on just two hits. He walked one and struck out five. The only glitch on his pitching line was a two-out solo home run by Matt Hillsinger in the top of the third inning. Williams retired 15 of 17 Radford batters through the first five innings, and 18 of 21 overall.
"I thought Vance Williams pitched extremely well," Wolfpack head coach Elliott Avent said. "He was around the plate with all his pitches. Aside from the home run, he was just about unhittable today. He had a great outing for us."
Conner also made his first start of 2011 count by going 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, four RBIs and a walk, tying his career highs for hits and RBIs. Conner drove in two runs in NC State's three-run first inning with a single up the middle, and then gave the Pack some much-needed insurance with a bases-loaded double to right-center in the bottom of the seventh, driving in a pair of runs to make it 6-3.
"We've been struggling offensively and I shook up the lineup a bit the last few games looking for someone to give us a spark," Avent said. "Cameron Conner gave us that today. He had really good at-bats, took a great approach at the plate, and got two huge hits for us."
Radford starter Cassidy McDaniel (1-1) settled down after that first inning rally and worked into the sixth without allowing further damage. He took the loss after allowing three runs on five hits, walking two and striking out four.
Radford cut the Wolfpack lead to a run in the top of the seventh after Williams departed. Cory Turner hit D.J. Thomas's first pitch of the game to right-center for a double, then took third and scored on a pair of wild pitches.
NC State made it 6-2 in the bottom half of the inning. In addition to Conner's two-run double, Pratt Maynard doubled home a run after John Gianis led off the inning with his second hit of the game. Radford got one final run in the top of the eighth off Chris Overman on a leadoff double by Robert Lamas, a balk and a sacrifice fly by Brett Mollenhauer.
Grant Sasser pitched the ninth inning for his first save and had the distinction of striking out four batters in the inning thanks to a wild pitch.
NC State and Radford will conclude this two-game series on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Doak Field at Dail Park. The game will be broadcast live on WKNC-FM (88.1), and on-line with live video streaming on GoPack.com's All-Access package.
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