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    No. 19 Pack Drills UNCW, 11-2

    March 26, 2014

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    Top Performers: Trea Turner (2-for-5, HR, 2B, 5 RBI, 2 R), Eric Peterson (2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K)
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    WILMINGTON, N.C. - No. 19 NC State baseball snapped its losing skid with an 11-2 pasting of UNC Wilmington on Wednesday at Brooks Field.

    Trea Turner came one RBI shy of tying his career high, driving in five and scoring twice to play a role in each of the Wolfpack's (15-8) first seven runs of the game. Turner went 2-for-5 with two runs and five RBIs on a double and a home run. The junior hit the 16th bomb of his career, third in his last three games, and fourth in his last five.

    Nine other Wolfpack batters contributed exactly one hit each. Brett Austin scored twice from the top of the order with a single and two walks. Preston Palmeiro hit his first collegiate extra-base hit on a two-RBI double. Kyle Cavanaugh also drove in a pair. Logan Ratledge scored once and pushed one run across. Jake Armstrong scored twice with a single, a walk, and was hit by a pitch.

    NC State starter Logan Jernigan (4-2) claimed the win in a designated role, allowing two earned in 2 1/3 innings pitched. Brad Stone worked the next 3 2/3. striking out three while holding the Seahawks (11-12) to one hit. Eric Peterson fanned three in two innings, allowing two hits. Jon Olczak closed the door with a one-hit ninth, striking out the final two batters of the game.

    The Pack wasted no time seizing command, as Austin led off the game with a walk and Turner cranked his fourth homer of the season to give NC State a 2-0 lead before UNCW had even recorded an out. The Seahawks trimmed that lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the second.

    State added one in the third when Austin started another rally with a single to right. Turner reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on a balk. Designated hitter Carlos Rodon drew a two-out walk to extend the inning, and Ratledge plated Turner from second with an RBI single to left. UNCW answered again, scoring once in the bottom half to trim the lead to 3-2.

    Turner ripped the game open in the top sixth, clearing the bases with a two-out, three-RBI double to the wall in left center. With two down and nobody on, Armstrong singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Cavanaugh kicked off a string of three-consecutive walks drawn by the Pack. In the middle of that run, Armstrong scored on an errant throw from the UNCW catcher back to the mound. With the bases loaded and two away, Turner smoked his double to the wall, but found himself caught in a rundown between second and third to end the four-run rally.

    Two more scored on another two-out rally in the seventh. Cavanaugh did the damage by driving in a pair on a single to center. Preston Palmeiro drove in two more in the ninth on the first extra-base hit of his collegiate career, a two-out double down the right field line.

    NC State returns to action on Friday, March 28 to host Miami for a three-game series on ESPN3 and RSN. Radio duties for the weekend will be handled by 88.1 WKNC. Fans can also follow along with live stats on GoPack.com, or by following @NCStateBaseball.


     

     

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