April 5, 2011
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RALEIGH, N.C. — Pratt Maynard hit a two-run single in the seventh inning and D.J. Thomas and Chris Overman combined to pitch five shutout innings in relief Tuesday to lift NC State past East Carolina 4-2 at Doak Field at Dail Park.
The Wolfpack, which improved to 18-12, has won three in a row and eight of its last 10 games overall. NC State now has won seven of its last nine games against East Carolina and 10 of its last 13. The Pirates lost for the third time in their last four games and dropped to 20-8.
The game was a pitchers’ duel for the first six innings. ECU starter Zach Woods allowed just one run on a third-inning solo homer by Matt Bergquist in 5 1/3 innings of work. He walked one and struck out seven. NC State starter Danny Healey allowed two runs on a two-run homer by Corey Thompson, also in the third inning, on a fake bunt and swing. Healey worked four innings before handing the ball over to Thomas and Overman.
“I thought both starting pitchers threw well,” Wolfpack coach Elliott Avent said. "Zach Woods was outstanding for East Carolina, and Danny Healey got off to a good start for us and kind of set the tone. He really just allowed the home run, on a slash play, which you never see. The pitchers really pitched well for both sides.”
Thomas, who entered the game to start the fifth inning, allowed two hits and a walk in 2 2/3 innings, but allowed just one runner to reach scoring position and kept the game at 2-1 for Overman (5-0), who allowed a pair of singles but struck out four in 2 1/3 innings. Overman now has retired 51 of the last 60 men he’s faced in a span of seven appearances.
The Wolfpack scored three times in the bottom of the seventh inning. The rally featured three bunts, two of them misplayed by the Pirates. Chris Diaz led off and laid down a perfectly place bunt up the third-base line for an infield single. Brett Williams sacrificed Diaz to second, but reliever Shawn Armstrong (1-1) dropped the ball for an error and all hands were safe. Chris Schaeffer then popped up his sacrifice attempt, but miscommunication on the ECU infield left Armstrong to make a diving attempt at the ball, which trickled off his glove and into foul territory for another infield single.
That brought up Maynard, who hit a Baltimore-chop single over the head of first baseman John Wooten, driving in Diaz and Williams to make it 3-2. Schaeffer went all the way to third base on the play, then scored on Andrew Ciencin’s sacrifice fly to center field.
Maynard, who went 3-for-4, extended his hitting streak to a team-longest 12 games.
“That seventh inning was one of those things,” Avent said. “The first bunt was a perfect piece of hitting by Diaz, and then they didn’t execute twice. Pratt got the big hit. I’m really proud of the way these guys kept battling and finally took advantage.”
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