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    No. 5 NC State Falls on Walk-Off to Cap Doubleheader

    March 15, 2014

    TALLAHASSEE, FLA. - No. 5 NC State baseball (14-5, 3-3 ACC) fell 8-2 in Saturday’s opener, and followed with a thrilling comeback effort before dropping a 9-8 decision in walk-off fashion to the second-ranked Seminoles (17-2, 5-1).

    Box Score | Box Score (Game 1) Get Acrobat Reader | Play-by-Play (Game 1) Get Acrobat Reader

    Top Performers: Jake Fincher (3-for-4, 2B, RBI), Ryan Williamson (1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K)
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    FSU 0 0 1 0 4 0 3 0 X 10  0

    The Wolfpack took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first of the opener. Florida State rallied to tie the game 1-1, before adding four in the fifth and three more in the seventh. The Pack scratched again in the ninth to set the final margin at 8-2.

    Brett Austin paced NC State with a 3-for-4 performance from the leadoff spot, scoring once and drawing a walk. Jake Fincher went 3-for-4 as well with an RBI. Trea Turner provided the Pack’s other RBI in a 1-for-5 game.

    Logan Jernigan (3-1) took the loss on 4 1/3 innings, allowing three earned on three hits and five walks while striking out five. D.J. Thomas and Joe O’Donnell worked the next 2 1/3, allowing four earned on six hits. Ryan Williamson turned in a strong 1 1/3 innings to close, holding Florida State scoreless on one hit.

    Box Score | Box Score (Game 2) Get Acrobat Reader | Play-by-Play (Game 2) Get Acrobat Reader

    Top Performers: Andrew Knizner (5-for-7, 3 RBI), Eric Peterson (5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K)
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    In the nightcap, NC State took another 1-0 lead, this time on Trea Turner’s first home run of the year, a solo shot off of the foul pole in left. Florida State returned the favor with a solo shot of their own in the bottom second, followed by three more runs to grab a 4-1 advantage.

    The Pack tied the game with three runs in the third. Each team tacked on a pair in the fifth to make it 6-6, before FSU took a 7-6 lead in the sixth. The Wolfpack evened the score 7-7 in the seventh. Five scoreless innings followed before the Pack broke through in the top 13th. The Noles rallied to score two in the bottom half to win in walk-off fashion.

    Carlos Rodon started at designated hitter and provided an offensive spark with a 3-for-5 game, an RBI, three runs scored, and two walks. The ACC’s leading hitter, freshman third baseman Andrew Knizner, led the Pack with a 5-for-7 ballgame and three RBIs, including the go-ahead run in the top of the 13th. Austin went 3-for-7 with two runs.

    Junior transfer Eric Peterson (1-1) submitted season-longs with 5 2/3 innings pitched and seven strikeouts, but took the loss on two earned. Starter Brad Stone was pulled from the game in the second. Andrew Woeck stemmed the tide with a career-long 4 1/3 innings, holding the Noles to two earned with four punchouts. Patrick Peterson entered next and delivered 1 2/3 innings of shutout ball on two hits.

    In the top third, NC State knotted the score 4-4 on a rally started by Austin’s single up the middle. Fincher singled to right behind him. With one away, Carlos Rodon knocked an RBI single to right. Andrew Knizner followed with an RBI single through the right side. Bubby Riley sent a sac fly to left to score Rodon from third and tie the game.

    The Wolfpack took a 6-4 lead in the fifth when Turner reached on an error at third. Rodon singled to right center, pushing him to third. Knizner provided the RBI single to left center for the first run. Ratledge bunted both Knizner and Rodon into scoring position, setting up Matt Vernon’s RBI single to right to make it 6-4.

    Trailing 7-6 in the top of the seventh, Rodon jumpstarted a rally with a leadoff single to right. Knizner pushed him to second with a single of his own. Bubby Riley loaded the bases with a single through the left side. Jake Armstrong pushed the tying run across on a fielder’s choice at second, a double play opportunity broken up by Riley’s hard slide.

    Riley made a game-saving catch in the bottom of the eighth. With two away and Seminoles on second and third, Riley made a spectacular grab diving into the base of the wall in right center. The play would top Sportscenter’s Top 10 later in the night.

    After five scoreless innings, Austin got the Pack started in the 13th with a single through the left side, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. He remained planted there for the next two outs, until Knizner’s RBI single to left center evened the score.

    NC State returns to action on March 19 with a home date against Elon at 3 p.m. on GoPack All-Access. Fans can also follow along with live stats on GoPack.com, or by following @NCStateBaseball on Twitter.


     

     

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