NC State Routs UNCG 24-3
March 15, 2006
RALEIGH, N.C. - Ramon Corona tied his career high with five RBIs Wednesday to lead 19th-ranked NC State to a 24-3 blowout of UNC Greensboro at Doak Field at Dail Park. The Wolfpack extended its winning streak to six games with the win and improved to 19-4 for the season. The Spartans dropped to 4-13 with the loss.
Twelve Wolfpack players banged out hits and 10 drove in runs as NC State set a new season high for runs in a game. Bobby Hubbard went 3-for-4 with four RBIs to set new career highs for hits and RBIs, and Aaron Cone went 4-for-5 with three doubles and two RBIs, setting career highs for doubles and base hits.
NC State starter Matt Payne (1-0) got the win with five solid innings, allowing three runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out four. UNCG starter Ryan Clear (0-3), the first of six Spartans pitchers to take the mound, took the loss after allowing four runs, three of them earned, on just one hit in two-plus innings. He walked four and struck out one.
NC State opened the offensive onslaught with an unearned run in the bottom of the first. Aaron Bates drew a two-out walk and scored all the way from first when left fielder Brandon Harvey dropped Brian Aragon's fly ball for a two-base error.
The Wolfpack made it 3-0 with two runs in the bottom of the second. Jon Still led off with a walk and went to third on Cone's opposite-field double to left. Still scored and Cone went to third and Jonathan Diaz's grounder to second, and Cone scored on Matt Camp's sacrifice fly to the warning track in left.
The Pack blew the game open with an eight-run third inning. Bates led off with a walk, and that was the end of Clear. Greg Martin came in to pitch for the Spartans, and Aragon greeted him with an opposite-field double down the left-field line to put runners on second and third. Ryan Pond hit a grounder to third base that Logan Smith threw away for a two-base error. Bates scored on the play and Aragon went to third, leaving runners on second and third, still with none out. Matt Mangini doubled to right to drive in Aragon and Pond, and Still singled through the right side to put runners on first and third. Both runners scored on Cone's second opposite-field double in as many innings, making the Wolfpack's lead 7-0. Jonathan Diaz struck out for the first out of the inning, but Camp singled to left, extending his hitting streak to 11 games and putting runners on the corners again.
Jonathan Nichols came in to pitch for UNCG at that point and Ramon Corona promptly drove a double off the wall in left, driving in Cone with the Wolfpack's sixth run of the inning and sending Camp to third base. Bates grounded out for the second out of the inning, but Camp scored on the play to make it 10-0, and after Aragon drew a walk, Pond singled to center field to drive in Corona and give Payne and the Pack an 11-0 lead.
Still led off the bottom of the fourth with a double to right-center and went to third on Cone's single to right. Diaz grounded into a force play to drive in Still. Hubbard pinch-hit for Camp and singled to right, and Corona drove a three-run homer off the scoreboard in straightaway center field to give NC State a 15-0 lead.
Adam Deleo broke up the shutout with a leadoff homer in the top of the fifth. Shane Thompson stroked a one-out double to left and scored on Greg Feltes's second double of the game. Jermaine Mitchell singled up the middle to drive in Feltes with the third run of the inning.
Still drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the fifth and Cone doubled off the wall in center field, his third double of the game.. Drew Martin's sacrifice fly drove in Still, and Hubbard's double to right scored Cone to make the lead 17-3.
Bates led off the bottom of the sixth with a walk, went to second on Marcus Jones's infield single, took third on Jeremy Synan's single to right, and scored on Mangini's sacrifice fly to center field.
The Wolfpack had one last big inning in its bats, and that was the bottom of the eighth. Bates led off with a single to center field. Chris Engle pinch-ran, and Jones singled to right to put runners on first and second. Synan hit a one-hopper back to pitcher Clark Erskine, who retired Jones at second, leaving runners on the corners with one down. Mangini popped up for the second out, but then the floodgates came open again. Still walked to load the bases. Erskine hit pinch-hitter Reggie Dixon with a pitch to force in a run. Martin singled to left to drive in a run. Hubbard tripled to right-center to clear the bases and make it 23-3. Corona picked up his fifth RBI of the game with a double down the left-field line.
The Wolfpack will return to action on Friday for the first game of a three-game series with No. 1-ranked Georgia Tech. Game time on Friday, originally set for 7 p.m., has been changed to 3 o'clock. Saturday's game will start at 2 p.m., and Sunday's series finale will have a 1 p.m. game time.