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    No. 17 Pack Cruises 12-6 Over Wake Forest

    March 15, 2013

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    Top Performers: Tarran Senay (5-for-5, HR, 3 R, 3 RBI),  Jake Armstrong (2-for-3, HR, 5 RBI, 2 R)
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    NC ST 0 0 2 3 4 2 0 1 0 12 19 4
    WFU 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 0 0 6 8 2

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Tarran Senay provided a career best 5-for-5 outing with a homer as No. 17 NC State rolled to a 12-6 win in its series-opener at Wake Forest on Friday.

    The Wolfpack (15-4, 2-2 ACC) vaulted out to a 5-0 lead by the middle of the fourth inning. Wake Forest (11-9, 0-4) scored two in the bottom fourth before State broke the game open with a four-run fifth. The Pack’s lead grew to 11-3 before the Deacons rallied with three in the seventh. Senay’s solo homer in the eighth set the final at 12-6.

    Senay’s perfect day included four singles, three runs, and three RBIs. The home run marks his third of the year. Brett Austin and Bryan Adametz each turned in 3-for-6 performances. Austin drove in a pair and hit his 10th double of the season, good for the ACC lead. Adametz had an RBI, a run, and improves to 7-for-16 (.438) when leading off the NC State order.

    Jake Armstrong hit his first home run in Wolfpack red, a three-run shot to left, part of his 2-for-3 day with five RBIs and two runs. Grant Clyde and Logan Ratledge each had doubles in the contest.

    Carlos Rodon (2-2) captured the win on three earned over six innings. Rodon struck out eight in the game, and has at least eight strikeouts in each of his five starts in 2013. Josh Easley claimed his first save of the year by striking out five while shutting out the Deacons for the final three innings.

    Wake Forest starter Austin Sadler took the loss on nine runs, six earned, in the first five. Reliever Colin Egan gave up three earned during the last four innings.

    NC State opened the scoring in the third with a two-out rally. Adametz reached on a fielding error to get things started. Ratledge singled to left behind him, setting up Austin’s two-RBI double to right center. The Pack added another three in the fourth after Senay’s lead-off single to right. Jake Fincher legged out a bunt single, and Clyde laid down a sac bunt to move both runners into scoring position. Armstrong cashed in both runners with a single down the left field line. Adametz’s RBI single two batters later drove Armstrong in from second to make it 5-0.

    Wake answered with two in the bottom fourth before State unloaded with a four-run inning to put the game away. Brett Williams led off by reaching on a throwing error and advancing to second. Senay drove him home with a single up the middle. Fincher reached on a fielder’s choice and Clyde singled through the left side to set the table for Armstrong’s homer.

    In the sixth, Austin singled as the lead off and stole second. Senay drove him in from third with an RBI single. Clyde doubled to left center to score Senay from first. Senay capped the evening with a moonshot homer in the top eighth, on a ball that hung forever to sneak over the glove of Wake’s leaping right fielder.

    NC State returns to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. with game two of its series with Wake Forest. Radio coverage will be provided by 88.1 WKNC. Fans can follow along on Twitter via @NCStateBaseball, or with live stats on GoPack.com.


     

     

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