NC State Completes Sweep Of Virginia
April 2, 2006
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State scored in each of the first five innings and Eryk McConnell pitched masterfully Sunday afternoon to see the Wolfpack on to an ACC sweep of No. 14 Virginia, 8-1, at Doak Field at Dail Park.
The win, NC State's fourth in a row, lifted the No. 17 Wolfpack to 25-8 overall and 8-4 in the ACC. The Cavaliers dropped to 24-8 overall and 6-6 in conference play. NC State's Eryk McConnell (5-3) earned the win after pitching eight complete innings. He surrendered one run on six hits, while walking one and striking out six. He threw 101 pitches. Virginia's Mike Ballard (4-2) got the loss after allowing five runs, two earned, on three hits in three complete. He walked three and struck out none.
Ramon Corona went 2-for-4 and scored a run to lead the Wolfpack, while Brian Aragon homered and drove in two runs for NC State. Matt Mangini also homered for NC State. Virginia's David Adams finished 3-for-4 on the afternoon, and Tim Henry came up with the only run for the Cavaliers when he homered in the top of the eighth.
NC State got on the board first due in part to an error by Virginia second baseman David Adams. With Matt Camp drawing a walk, the Wolfpack moved him over to third, bringing Corona to the plate. Corona hit a grounder to Adams, who bobbled it, allowing Corona to reach first and Camp to cross the plate.
With one out in the bottom of the second, Ryan Pond doubled down the right-field line to get things started. Ballard got Jon Still to ground out for the second out before walking both Matt Mangini and Jonathan Diaz to load the bases. Camp kept the offense going by hitting a single to left to drive home Pond. Caleb Mangum drew contact on a slow roller toward third baseman Jeremy Farrell, who threw wide of first for an error, allowing Mangum to reach second while Mangini and Diaz both scored to give NC State a 4-0 advantage.
Corona led off the bottom of the third with an infield single, then moved up to second on a groundout by Aragon. He stole third and came home on a sacrifice fly by Pond to make the score 5-0.
Righthander Shooter Hunt came in relief of Ballard to start the fourth for the Cavaliers, but quickly surrendered a home run to right field by Mangini, increasing the Pack lead to 6-0.
NC State continued its offensive onslaught in the bottom of the fifth. Hunt hit Bates in the helmet with a curveball, and Aragon connected on a one-out homer to right to bump the score up to 8-0 Wolfpack.
The Cavaliers didn't jump onto the board until the eighth, when Henry drilled an offering from McConnell over the wall in right-center field to make it 8-1.
NC State now has the week off before an Atlantic Coast Conference series against Wake Forest at Doak Field at Dail Park next weekend. Game times are set for 7 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. All three games will be broadcast live on WKNC-FM (88.1) and online at gopack.com through Yahoo's subscription service.