March 30, 2012
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RALEIGH, N.C. - Ethan Ogburn tossed an eight-inning, four-hit gem, striking out seven to carry No. 9 NC State past Virginia 5-1 in Friday's series-opener at Doak Field at Dail Park.
Ogburn (3-1) pitched lights out, retiring the first six batters he faced before giving up his lone run of the game in the third on consecutive two-out doubles. The third out of that inning kicked off a stretch that saw him send down 15 of the next 18 batters before leaving after the eighth. The junior's seven strikeouts match a season-high, and tie for the second-most of his career, while his eight innings of work goes for a career-high.
"Ethan was outstanding," said NC State head coach Elliott Avent. "It was hard to take him out, but he had given us enough for the night. He was commanding four pitches, hitting every spot. He was rolling, and I think he was shocked to come out. I told him, if he felt good, talk to Tom [Holliday], and he said `No, I trust him.'"
Trea Turner led the Pack (18-6, 7-3 ACC) with a 2-for-4 night that included a bunt single, scoring twice and stealing two bases to manufacture a run in the fifth and extend his NCAA lead at 27-for-27. Turner takes over third all-time on the NC State single season stolen base list, just three shy of tying the school record.
"Speed is something that shows up everyday," said Avent. "[Turner] helped us out with his lead-off single to start the game, and he made a play down the line in the field that was phenomenal. He's a fun guy to watch, and he helps us all the way around."
Brett Austin knocked in a pair of runs in a 1-for-3 performance, doubling and hitting a sac fly. Logan Ratledge hit a two-RBI single for the Wolfpack in his 1-for-3 night. Chris Diaz and Bryan Adametz each doubled, Diaz going 1-for-4 with a run, and Adametz 1-for-3. Danny Canela hit a pinch hit RBI single in the eighth to go 1-for-1. Ryan Mathews went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored. Andrew Ciencin went 0-for-2, but walked once and scored.
Chris Overman came in for Ogburn to start the ninth, and navigated his way out of a bases loaded, no-out jam with three consecutive strikeouts to end the game.
"We wanted to see how Overman would respond after pitching against East Carolina earlier in the week," said Avent. "He had some bad luck on a couple of hit batters to load the bases, but it speaks volumes of him to come back with three strikeouts."
Starter Scott Silverstein (2-3) took the loss for Virginia (17-9-1, 5-5 ACC), allowing four runs, all earned on seven hits and three walks over six innings. Austin Young relieved him for the final two innings, giving up one earned on two hits.
Turner led off the game with a chopper up the middle. Virginia's shortstop came over to field it, but Turner beat the throw to first by a fraction for an infield single. That set up Austin to double down the left field line to score Turner from first, granting the Pack a 1-0 lead with no outs. Diaz grounded to move Austin to third, but he ended up stranded there after a shallow fly and a groundball to end the inning.
Virginia tied the game with a two-out rally in the top third. Keith Wermer came up with a double on a grounder down the first base line into the right field corner. Chris Taylor scored him with another groundball double, this time down the third base line.
The Wolfpack regained the lead in the bottom fourth on a two-RBI single by Ratledge. Ciencin and Mathews lead off the inning with back-to-back walks, and Adametz pushed them into scoring position with a sac bunt. Ratledge drove a pitch up the middle to score both, but was caught going for second by Silverstein cutting off the throw home.
Turner and Austin helped the Pack tack on another in the fifth. Turner came aboard on a one-out bunt, then stole second easily and third without a throw. Austin hit a fly to deep center to score him, extending the lead to 4-1.
Canela produced an RBI single in a pinch hit appearance in the eighth to add insurance, stretching the lead to 5-1. Diaz led off with a double into the left field corner, ending up as a ground rule when the ball went under the fence. Ciencin bunted him to third, allowing Canela to plate him on a one-out single to the right of second.
Overman came on in the ninth, giving up an infield single, followed by two hit batsmen to load the bases for Virginia. Overman rebounded magnificently, though, striking out three-straight batters to end the inning.
NC State returns to the diamond Saturday for game two of the series with Virginia at 6:30 p.m. ESPN3.com will stream both Saturday and Sunday's games. Radio coverage will be provided by 88.1 WKNC, fans can follow Twitter updates from @NCStateBaseball, and live stats will be available on GoPack.com.