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    No. 17 Wolfpack Falls at Wake to Even Series

    March 16, 2013

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    Top Performers: Brett Austin (1-for-4, 2B, R),  Tarran Senay (1-for-4, HR), Jake Fincher (1-for-2, R, RBI)
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    NC ST 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 4 1
    WFU 5 2 0 2 1 1 1 1 X 13 14 1

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - No. 17 NC State dropped a 13-4 decision at Wake Forest on Saturday, evening its series with the Deacons heading for Sunday’s finale.

    The Wolfpack (15-5, 2-3 ACC) fell into a 5-0 deficit after allowing a grand slam in the bottom of the first. State rebounded with two runs in the second, but the Deacons (12-9, 1-4) matched that to pull ahead 7-2. Wake added two in the fourth, and one run in the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth to wrap it up 13-4.

    Brett Austin extended his team-leading hitting streak to nine games with a double and a run scored. Austin leads the ACC in doubles with 11, 10 of which have come during his current streak.

    Tarran Senay hit a solo homer in the sixth, his second of the series and fourth of the year. Jake Fincher and Jake Armstrong provided the Pack’s only other hits in the contest.

    NC State starter Brad Stone (1-1) took the loss in a short outing. Andrew Woeck was the first reliever out of the Wolfpack pen, going 3 1/3 while striking out three. The Pack utilized four more pitchers on the game to finish the final four innings.

    Justin Van Grouw (2-3) claimed the win as the Wake Forest starter after surrendering four runs, two earned, on four hits in six innings. Reliever Nate Jones earned a save on three perfect innings to close.

    After falling behind 5-0 on a grand slam and a solo homer in the first, NC State attempted to rally in the top second. Fincher’s one-out single up the middle started it, and an error on a fielder’s choice put two on for the Pack. Grant Clyde drew a walk to load the bases, and Morgan’s sac fly brought Fincher to the plate. Armstrong singled to right center to score Nance on the next play.

    In the third, Austin led off with a double to right field. Senay moved him to third with a groundball, and Fincher did the same to bring in the run. Wake extended its lead to 10-3 by the top sixth, when Senay parked a solo homer over the left field fence for State’s last run of the game.

    NC State returns to the diamond on Sunday at 1 p.m. for the rubber match 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



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