April 3, 2011
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Matt Bergquist drove in a career-high six runs to lead a 17-hit attack as NC State defeated Wake Forest 17-5 in the final game of a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series at Doak Field at Dail Park.
The Wolfpack, which won the series two games to one, was victorious for the seventh time in its last nine games and improved to 17-12 overall and 5-7 in the ACC after a 1-5 start. Wake Forest fell to 10-17 overall and 4-8 in the ACC.
Bergquist went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and was the hitting star for the Wolfpack, but NC State also got three hits from Andrew Ciencin, Harold Riggins and Cameron Conner. In addition, Pratt Maynard extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a pair of singles. Maynard is hitting .350 (14-for-40) during his streak.
After a slow start to the season, Bergquist is suddenly on fire at the plate. He is hitting .263 for the season and is batting .429 (12-for-28) with six doubles and 11 RBIs in his last nine games.
The Wolfpack jumped to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on RBI singles from Maynard and Ciencin, a run-scoring wild pitch and a two-run double by Bergquist.
Wake Forest got back into the game with three in the top of the third. The Deacons scored runs with the bases loaded on a hit batter and a walk, and the third run scored on Mac Williamson's sacrifice fly.
The Pack came right back with four in the bottom of the inning and scored in every inning the remainder of the game. Ciencin led off with a homer to left, his third of the season, Conner scored all the way from first when Wake Forest right fielder James Harris overran John Gianis's grounder through the right side of the infield. Gianis went all the way to third base on the error and scored on Bergquist's second double of the game. Bergquist then went to third on a groundout and scored on the front end of a double steal with Brett Williams.
That was all for Wake Forest starter Austin Stadler (0-6), who was charged with nine runs on eight hits in three innings of work.
Harris hit a sacrifice fly for the Deacons in the top of the fourth, scoring Ryan Lloyd, who led off the inning with a triple to left field. Bergquist answered that run with a two-run single in the bottom of the frame, scoring Conner and Gianis to make it 11-4.
Williamson singled in a run in the top of the fifth for Wake Forest, but NC State scored two more in its half of the inning. Chris Schaeffer hit a one-out solo home run, his second, and Ciencin scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch later in the inning.
Maynard made it 14-5 with a single in the bottom of the sixth, driving in Schaeffer, who reached on a walk and went to second on a wild pitch.
Conner doubled home a run in the bottom of the seventh, his fifth hit in his last five official at-bats, and eventually scored on Bergquist's RBI groundout. Harold Riggins drove in the final run of the game for NC State with a two-out double to straightaway center field in the bottom of the eighth.
Ethan Ogburn (3-2) came out of the bullpen with one out and the bases loaded in the top of the third and worked 4 2/3 innings to earn the win. He allowed two runs on five hits.
NC State will return to action on Tuesday against East Carolina at Doak Field at Dail Park. Game time is 6 p.m. 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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