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    No. 25 Wolfpack Knocks Off Elon 8-6

    April 3, 2013

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    Top Performers: Jake Armstrong (2-for-2, 3 RBI, 2 SB, 2 BB, R), Grant Sasser (2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 6 K)

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    RALEIGH, N.C. - No. 25 NC State baseball watched as a four-run lead evaporated in the top of the seventh, but rallied after the stretch to knock off Elon 8-6 on Wednesday night at Doak Field at Dail Park.

    The Wolfpack (21-10) chopped a 2-0 deficit in half with a run in the bottom first, then tied the game 2-2 in the fourth. State seemed to take control with a four-run sixth, until Elon (18-12) knotted the score 6-6 in the top of the seventh. The Pack scored the game-winner and one insurance run in the bottom seventh to pick up its second win of the week.

    Jake Armstrong submitted one of his best performances in Wolfpack red with three RBIs, two stolen bases and two walks during a 2-for-2 outing. The sophomore transfer improved to 6-for-6 on stolen base attempts and increased his team-leading walk total to 17.

    Relievers Grant Sasser (2-0) and D.J. Thomas turned in masterful performances on the mound. Thomas came in with two outs in the first and worked a career-long 5 1/3 innings, holding the Phoenix scoreless while striking out three. Sasser calmed the Pack’s nerves in the seventh and stayed in for the rest of the game, striking out six in 2 2/3. The senior fanned six of the last seven batters he faced.

    Brett Austin extended his reached-base streak to 20 games with two runs scored. Jake Fincher reached base in a game for the 30th time in 31 contests and scored once. Tarran Senay went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI. Trea Turner scored once to improve to 27-for-38 on scoring when reaching with less than two outs.  Bryan Adametz and Grant Clyde each drove in a pair of runs.

    Elon reliever Jordan Darnell (0-1) took the loss on one earned in one inning. Starter Jacob Baker lasted five innings, surrendering four earned on six hits. Andrew MacDonald and Danny Lynch combined to hold the Pack to one run on one hit over the final two innings.

    Facing a 2-0 deficit with the bullpen already involved, the Pack answered with a run in the bottom first. Fincher singled to short as the leadoff and Turner followed with a single up the middle to put runners on the corners. Senay grounded out to first to cut the Elon lead to 2-1. State tied the game 2-2 behind Senay’s leadoff double to left center in the fourth. He advanced to third on the play due to a fielding error in left, and Adametz brought him in with a sac fly to right.

    It looked as though the Pack had sealed the deal with four runs in the sixth. Austin reached on a fielding error to start the inning. Senay singled to left and a wild pitch put two in scoring position with nobody out. Armstrong came through with a clutch two-RBI single to plate them both, then stole second. Adametz doubled to center next, but Armstrong was forced to hold at third. With one out, Clyde singled through the left side to make it 6-2.

    Elon stormed back to tie it with four in the seventh. Chris King led off with a double down the right field line and scored on Quinn Bower’s double to left. A hit batsman and a walk loaded the bases with one out. Alex Swim reached on a fielder’s choice coupled with an error that pushed two runs across. A fielder’s choice RBI to the mound tied the game.

    The Wolfpack dealt the knockout punch with two in the bottom seventh. Back-to-back walks put Fincher and Turner on with no outs. A fielder’s choice helped Elon get the lead runner for the first out. Senay reached on an error by the left fielder to load the bases. Armstrong drove in the winning run with an infield single off of the pitcher’s glove. Adametz added the insurance run with a sac fly to left.

    NC State returns to action on Friday as it begins a three-game home series against No. 22 Virginia Tech. Streaming coverage will be available for Friday and Sunday’s contests on ESPN3. Saturday’s game will be televised by Fox Sports South. Radio coverage for all three games will be provided by 88.1 WKNC. Fans can also follow along with live stats on, or on Twitter via @NCStateBaseball.



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