March 17, 2012
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RALEIGH, N.C. - Trea Turner hit his first collegiate homerun, Andrew Ciencin and Ryan Mathews added bombs of their own, and Carlos Rodon pitched seven-consecutive scoreless innings as No. 19 NC State collected its second win over No. 24 Wake Forest 6-2, Saturday at Doak Field at Dail Park.
Turner’s solo homer came as part of a 3-for-4 outing with the Pack’s first two RBIs of the game, a run scored, and two stolen bases. Turner’s perfect 17-of-17 record on steals leads the ACC. Ciencin and Mathews each hit solo shots in the sixth to help State pull ahead. John Gianis recorded the only other RBI for the Wolfpack (14-3, 4-1 ACC) with a two-out pinch-hit single in the eighth.
Rodon collected himself after giving up two runs in the first, throwing seven scoreless innings in a row before leaving in the ninth. Rodon (4-0) finished the game with nine strikeouts, fanning seven of 11 batters between the first and the fourth, and gave up two runs, one earned, on four hits with two walks. Travis Orwig pitched a perfect ninth in relief, striking out the first batter he faced.
“I started us off a little recklessly, but luckily we pulled through and finished strong,” said Rodon. “We had a great effort today,” said Turner, “It feels good to have everyone contributing.”
Reliever Chris Willson (2-1) took the loss in 2/3 of an inning for Wake (16-6, 3-2 ACC) after giving up both Wolfpack homers in the sixth. Starter Justin Van Grouw left the game in the sixth with a no decision, going five innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits and a walk, striking out three.
“We had a great crowd today for St. Baldrick’s Day,” said NC State head coach Elliott Avent. “When we can look up and see the hill filled, we always feel good about our chances.”
Wake put Rodon in dire straits early, scoring two in the first after loading the bases with no outs. The first two hitters of the game came aboard on well-placed hits, one a blooper into left and the other an infield single to short. A catcher’s interference call loaded the bases, and the Deacs scored with a walk and a sac fly. Rodon regrouped after the sacrifice, striking out the next batter and getting the third out on a weak grounder to short.
Rodon’s strikeout in the first kicked off a run during which the freshman fanned five of seven batters, and seven of 11.
Turner cut into Wake’s lead with a two-out solo homer in the bottom of the third. The shot down the left field line marks the first homerun of Turner’s collegiate career.
A two-out Wolfpack rally tied the game in the bottom fifth. Fincher made it to first when Wake’s charging third baseman booted his bunt. One pitch later, Fincher stole second to set up Turner’s second RBI of the game on a liner up the middle.
Van Grouw left the game with a no-decision after five, and reliever Chris Willson gave up the go-ahead run on the first batter he faced. Ciencin homered to left, his fourth of the year, on a 2-1 pitch to push the Pack ahead 3-2. Mathews followed him two batters later with a bomb to left, his third of the season, to make it 4-2.
State added a pair in the eighth to extend the lead to 6-2. Austin scored from third on a wild pitch, and Gianis hit a two-out pinch-hit single to plate Diaz.
Saturday's game marked St. Baldrick's Day. NC State and Wake Forest combined to raise over $42,000 for St. Baldrick's Foundation and its efforts fighting childhood cancer.
NC State comes back with a chance at a sweep of No. 24 Wake Forest Sunday at 1 p.m. Radio coverage will be provided by 88.1 WKNC, fans can follow Twitter updates from @NCStateBaseball, and live stats will be available at GoPack.com.