March 22, 2011
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Matt Bergquist's two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning snapped a 1-1 tie and lifted NC State past Northwestern 4-1 Tuesday night in the first game of a two-game non-conference series at Doak Field at Dail Park.
The Wolfpack improved to 11-10 with the victory while the Wildcats fell to 5-11.
Pratt Maynard led off the eighth inning for the Wolfpack and walked, sending Northwestern reliever Matt Gailey (1-3) to the showers after 2 2/3 innings. Jack Quigley came in and served up a single to right field by Harold Riggins, then hit Terran Senay with a pitch. First baseman Paul Snieder came in to pitch in relief of Quigley, and Bergquist, who entered the game in the seventh inning for defensive purposes, greeted him with a sharply hit grounder down the third-base line and into the left-field corner.
Maynard and Riggins scored easily, but Senay was out at the plate for the first out of the inning. Bergquist went to third on the throw home, then scored on Chris Schaeffer's double to left-center, giving the Wolfpack a 4-1 lead.
"That was a big hit for Matt Bergquist, whose been swinging the bat much better recently," Wolfpack head coach Elliott Avent said. "He'd started 18 of 20 games for us and played in all 20, but we felt he needed a little break, so we sat him tonight. But he went in there for defense in the seventh and was ready when it mattered. He really delivered with the game on the line. That was a huge hit."
The pitchers dominated the game until the eighth inning. Northwestern starter Michael Jahns scattered four hits through the first four innings, but allowed a run in the fifth on an RBI single by John Gianis.
The Wildcats tied it up at 1-1 in the top of the sixth with an unearned run on a passed ball. The run was charged to starter Vance Williams, who allowed just four hits in 5 1/3 innings and got nine outs on ground balls. Reliever Chris Overman (4-0) pitched the final 3 2/3 innings and retired 10 of the 11 men he faced, seven of them on grounders.
"Vance Williams has been pitching well for us, and he was good tonight," Avent said. "He pounded the strike zone and kept the ball down. Chris Overman was just outstanding. He's been getting better and better each time he goes out there, and he was really good tonight."
NC State and Northwestern will conclude this two-game series Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Doak Field at Dail Park. The game 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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