April 10, 2011
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. - NC State dropped a 3-0 decision to Miami on Sunday as four Hurricanes pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout in the final game of a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
NC State lefthander Grant Sasser (1-2) pitched well in his first college start, limiting the Hurricanes to two hits through three innings and allowing just one earned run on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. Sasser allowed a two-out RBI single to Brad Fieger in the fourth inning, then was touched for two unearned runs in the fifth before giving the ball to Ethan Ogburn. Sasser struck out two and did not issue a walk.
Three runs allowed was too many, however. Miami starter E.J. Encinosa (2-2) went seven innings and allowed just two hits -- a one-out double in the first to Dylan Brown and a one-out single in the seventh to Danny Canela. He walked one, hit two batters, and struck out 11. Travis Miller and Sam Robinson split the eighth inning, and Daniel Miranda worked the ninth for his ninth save, sending NC State to 18-15 overall and 5-10 in the ACC.
Miami, which improved to 21-11 overall and 11-3 in the ACC, scored its first run with a two-out rally in the fourth. Harold Martinez fought his way on with a grounder up the middle, then took second on a balk. Fieger cashed in the balk with an RBI single to center.
David Villasuso led off the fifth for the Hurricanes and singled through the left side of the infield. Zeke DeVoss singled to left to set the table with one out. Chantz Mack hit a sharp grounder to Wolfpack first baseman Peter Bako, who tried to start a 3-6-3 double play, but misfired on the throw to second. Villasuso scored on the error and DeVoss advanced to third. Nathan Melendres followed by beating out a potential double-play grounder to drive in DeVoss and give Miami a 3-0 lead.
After relieving Sasser, Ogburn retired 12 of the next 13 batters, and erased the only hit he allowed by inducing a double-play grounder. Ogburn struck out three and walked none.
NC State will return to action Wednesday at 6 p.m. vs. UNC Wilmington at Doak Field at Dail Park. The game will be broadcast live on WKNC-FM (88.1) and will be available with streaming video on-line on GoPack.com's All-Access package. Live stats will be available on Gametracker. Just click the Gametracker icon on the baseball schedule page on GoPack.com.
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