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    No. 25 Pack Walks Off, 8-7 in 14 Innings

    April 6, 2013

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    Top Performers: Grant Clyde (3-for-7, 3 R), Jake Fincher (3-for-7, 2B, R, RBI, 2 SB)
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    RALEIGH, N.C. - No. 25 NC State outlasted No. 22 Virginia Tech 8-7 in an epic 14-inning showdown, on Friday night at Doak Field at Dail Park.

    The Wolfpack (22-10, 6-7 ACC) broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the fifth, but three in the Virginia Tech (21-10, 7-6) sixth closed the gap to 6-5. State stretched the lead back to two in the bottom half, before the Hokies tied it 7-7 in the eighth. The score stayed deadlocked there until the Pack pushed the winning run across in the bottom of the 14th.

    Grant Clyde scored the winning run with a single that turned into a double thanks to a fielding error. He moved to third on a one-out balk and scored on a wild pitch during the same at-bat. Clyde finished the game 3-for-7 with three runs. Jake Fincher was the only other Wolfpacker to record three hits, going 3-for-7 as well with a run and an RBI.

    Carlos Rodon started the game, but wound up with a no decision after 5 2/3 innings, 10 strikeouts, and three earned. Chris Overman turned in a career-best six strikeouts and tied his career-long outing with 4 2/3 from the seventh through the 12th. The Wolfpack bullpen combined to work 9 1/3, holding Tech to two runs, one earned, on three hits. Josh Easley (3-2) was the last reliever to impress, striking out the side in the 14th for the win.

    The Hokies used four pitchers in the ballgame, with Sean Keselica (2-1) taking the loss on one unearned run over the final 2 1/3. Starter Brad Markey left after 4 1/3 and three earned on six hits.

    NC State faced a 2-0 deficit entering the bottom of the third. Clyde helped to chop that lead in half with a double to left field. Logan Ratledge singled behind him to put runners on the corners with one out. Brett Williams pushed the run across with a sac fly to center. State tied the game in the fourth when Trea Turner singled to center and advanced to second on a fielding error. A throw behind him at second went wild, advancing him to third with one out. A wild pitch brought the run home to make it 2-2.

    The Pack ran wild in the fifth, scoring four runs to seemingly put the game away. Ratledge led off by reaching on a throwing error and advancing all the way to third as the ball flew past first. Williams knocked an RBI single through the right side, then Fincher doubled to right field to put two in scoring position. Turner drew an intentional walk to load the bases. Austin hit a sac fly to right to extend the lead to 4-2. Tarran Senay singled to right for the next RBI. Armstrong finished the scoring with a sac fly RBI to right.

    Virginia Tech rallied with three in the sixth started by back-to-back walks. A groundball moved those runners over, and a second grounder brought one home. Andrew Rash hit a two-run homer next to chase Rodon from the game.

    State responded with a run in the sixth to jump ahead 7-5 after Clyde doubled down the right field line. A grounder moved him to third, but the Wolfpack needed Fincher to hit a clutch two-out RBI single to get the run home. The Hokies tied the game 7-7 in the eighth on a solo shot to left center and an RBI double after Alex Perez reached on a throwing error.

    Neither side could muster a run for the next six innings. In the bottom 14th, the Pack finally came through. Clyde singled with one out and advanced to second on the same play due to a fielding error in center. He moved to third on a balk and scored on a wild pitch during the next at-bat.

    NC State returns to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. for game two of the series. The game will be televised on Fox Sports South. Radio coverage will be provided by 88.1 WKNC. Fans can also follow along with live stats on GoPack.com, or on Twitter via @NCStateBaseball.


     

     

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