April 8, 2012
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COLLEGE PARK, MD. - No. 13 NC State rallied from a 6-3 deficit in the top of the ninth, before eventually succumbing 7-6 to Maryland in an 11-inning, series-deciding game at Bud “Turtle” Smith Stadium Sunday.
Chris Diaz hit the game-tying RBI single, part of a 2-for-5, one RBI, one run day with a double. Trea Turner went 2-for-6 with a two-out RBI in the ninth. Brett Austin kicked off the comeback with a lead off double in his 2-for-5, two run performance.
Jake Fincher scored and drove in a run in the ninth during his 2-for-4 effort. Logan Ratledge hit a two-RBI double to put the Wolfpack (21-9, 9-6 ACC) on the board. Danny Canela hit an RBI double, and Andrew Ciencin doubled for their only hits of the afternoon.
State breezed through eight pitchers on the ballgame, but reliever Travis Orwig (0-1) ended up with the loss after leaving the bases loaded for Dillon Frye in the 11th. Starter Logan Jernigan went two innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on four hits and a walk while striking out four. Anthony Tzamtzis pitched a brilliant two innings, retiring all six batters he faced, to stabilize the game for the Pack.
Maryland reliever Korey Wacker (4-0) picked up the win for Maryland (21-13, 5-10 ACC) over four innings, allowing three runs, all earned on three hits and two walks while fanning two. Starter David Carroll went seven innings, allowing three runs, one earned, on seven hits with four strikeouts.
Maryland leapt out to a 3-0 lead in the first, highlighted by Tim Kiene’s two-run homer with two outs. Jordan Hagel knocked a one-out single up the middle for the game’s first hit. K.J. Hockaday hit into a possible double play, but beat the throw from second to keep the inning alive. An errant pick-off throw sent Hockaday all the way to third, allowing Tomo Delp to plate him on a two-out single just out of the reach of a Diaz’s dive. Kiene followed with his second homerun of the series, a blast over the right field fence. Jernigan struck out the next batter to end the inning.
The Terps added another in the second to make it 4-0. Wacker’s one-out infield single to second put one on. Kyle Convissar walked with two outs, and the pair took off on a double steal during the next at-bat. Austin’s throw to second got away from Diaz helping Wacker round third to score.
State narrowed the margin to 4-2 on Ratledge’s two-out, two-RBI double in the fifth. Austin started the rally by looping a single over the shortstop into left center with one away. Ryan Mathews hit a fly to left that the fielder botched, putting two on. Ratledge went with a breaking ball into right center for a two-out double to score both runners.
Maryland stretched the lead back to four with a two-out, two-RBI single by Alfredo Rodriguez. Hagel led off with a single to right, and the Terps put two on with Hockaday’s bunt single. Delp bunted the pair into scoring position. D.J. Thomas came in to relieve Vance Williams, striking out Kiene for the second out. Rodriguez stepped up with a liner to left to score both runs, but was tagged out trying to leg out a double.
The Pack made it 6-3 in the sixth on consecutive doubles. Diaz narrowly beat the tag at second for a one-out double to right center. Canela followed him by going the other way for an RBI double down the left field line. Carroll rebounded to get the next two outs, leaving Canela stranded.
State came roaring back with three runs in the ninth to tie the game. Austin led off with a double ripped down the left field line. Mathews took a pitch in the side to put two on. Wacker got a strikeout and a pop up to leave the Pack to its final out. Fincher kept Wolfpack hopes alive with a single through the right side to score Austin and move Mathews to third. Turner followed by sending a screamer to center for another RBI single, bringing State within a run. Diaz provided the game-tying RBI on a single into right to make it 6-6.
Maryland plated the game-winner in the 11th on Rodriguez’s sac fly. Hagel led off the inning with a triple off the wall in right center. State intentionally walked the next two to load the bases. Jake Stinnett had a chance to win it, hitting a chopper up the middle, but Diaz made a dazzling play, spinning and firing a throw home to get the lead runner. Rodriguez came up next, and flied out deep enough to left to score the winning run.
NC State returns to action Wednesday, April 11 with a home date against Elon at 6 p.m. Radio coverage will be provided by 88.1 WKNC, fans can follow Twitter updates from @NCStateBaseball, and live stats will be available on GoPack.com.