Baseball Drops Final Game At Georgia Tech
March 20, 2011
ATLANTA, Ga. - Georgia Tech scored four runs in each of the first two innings Sunday, a deficit that was too much for NC State to overcome as the Yellow Jackets defeated the Wolfpack 11-4 in the final game of a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference baseball series at Russ Chandler Stadium.
Georgia Tech, which won all three games of the series, improved to 17-4 overall and 6-0 in the ACC. NC State fell to 10-10 overall and 1-5 in the conference.
The Yellow Jackets got four in the first inning on a two-run double by Daniel Palka, an RBI single by Jacob Davies and a sacrifice fly by Brandon Thomas.
NC State scored a run in the top of the second on a walk by Terran Senay and a two-out double down the right-field line by Dylan Brown.
Jacob Esch got Tech's second-inning rally started with a two-run single, knocking NC State starter Ethan Ogburn (0-2) from the game after one-plus inning of work. Palka tripled in a run and Zane Evans drove in one with an RBI groundout.
Palka made it 9-1 with an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth, and Georgia Tech got a second run home in the inning on a double play.
Reliever Grant Sasser came in for the Wolfpack in the bottom of the fifth and worked three scoreless innings, allowing NC State to climb back into the game in the top of the seventh. Peter Bako led off, doubled down the right-field line and went to third on Brown's grounder to second. Chris Diaz was safe on Esch's throwing error, scoring Bako, and Chris Sachaeffer doubled into the left-field corner to send Diaz to third. John Gianis cut the lead to 10-4 with a two-run double into the right-field corner.
Georgia Tech added one final run in the bottom of the eighth inning on Matt Skole's single to center field.
NC State will return to action this Tuesday and Wednesday against Northwestern at Doak Field at Dail Park. Tuesday's game will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday's game is a 3 p.m. start. Both games will be broadcast live on WKNC-FM (88.1) and will be available on-line with video streaming on GoPack.com's All-Access package. Live stats will be available on Gametracker. Just click the Gametracker icon on the baseball schedule page on GoPack.com.
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