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    No. 25 State Clinches Series with 13-4 Victory

    April 6, 2013

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    Top Performers: Logan Ratledge (2-for-3, 4 RBI, R, 3B, SF), Bryan Adametz (3-for-5, 3 RBI, 2 R, 2 2B)
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    RALEIGH, N.C. - No. 25 NC State exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to clinch its series against No. 22 Virginia Tech with a 13-4 victory Saturday at Doak Field at Dail Park.

    Virginia Tech (21-11, 7-7 ACC) scored twice in the third, allowed two in the fifth to tie the game, and scored twice more in the sixth to hold a 4-2 lead. The Wolfpack (23-10, 7-7) took a 9-4 lead as nine consecutive batters reached with two outs in the sixth during the game-winning rally. The Pack added four more in the bottom of the eighth to set the final at 13-4.

    State enjoyed clutch hitting all afternoon long, as the Pack combined to go 9-for-14 with eight RBIs in two-out situations. At the end of the sixth, 14 of the Wolfpack's last 21 batters had reached base. Logan Ratledge supplied the key hit in the sixth, a three-run triple, part of his 2-for-3, four-RBI, one-run performance. Bryan Adametz cleared the bases on one of his two doubles of the afternoon, finishing 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs.

    Trea Turner, Brett Austin and Jake Armstrong each drove in a pair of runs. Turner scored once and stole his 11th base of the year, pulling within five of tying the NC State career record. Jake Fincher reached base for the 32nd game out of 33 this season. Tarran Senay extended his current hitting streak to eight games with a 2-for-4 day.

    Anthony Tzamtzis (1-1) scored the win in 3 2/3 innings of relief, allowing two earned on two hits. Ethan Ogburn drew the start and went 2 1/3. Josh Easley was the first reliever out of the Wolfpack bullpen, holding Virginia Tech scoreless for 1 2/3 frames. Grant Sasser struck out the only batter he faced in a bases loaded situation in the eighth. Dillon Frye pitched a perfect ninth with one strikeout.

    Virginia Tech starter Devin Burke (5-2) took the loss on eight earned over 5 2/3. The Hokies used three more pitchers, who allowed five earned in the final 2 1/3.

    A rocky start had the Pack down 2-0 through four and a half innings, but State tied the game 2-2 in the fifth. Armstrong led off the inning with a walk and Sam Morgan followed as a hit batsman. A sac bunt moved them into scoring position. Ratledge brought in the first with a sac fly. Turner pushed the next across with an RBI double to right center.

    Trailing 4-2 in the sixth, the Wolfpack staged an impressive two-out rally to score seven and put the game out of reach. Adametz started the rally with a two-out double down the right field line. Armstrong singled behind him for an RBI. Morgan singled through the right side, and Grant Clyde walked to load the bases. Ratledge scorched the Hokies with a three-RBI triple to right center. Turner kept it going with an RBI double down the left field line. After a pitching change, Fincher walked and executed a double steal with Turner to put two in scoring position. Austin singled to left field to score them both.

    Four more insurance runs came home in the bottom of the eighth. Fincher drew a one-out walk and moved to third on Austin's double down the left field line. Brett Williams was hit by a pitch as a pinch-hitter to load the bases. Adametz scored all three with a double down the right field line. Armstrong singled to right center to drive in the final run.

    NC State returns to action on Sunday with the series finale against Virginia Tech. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3.com. 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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