April 11, 2012
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RALEIGH, N.C. – Freshman Trea Turner shattered No. 17 NC State’s single-season stolen base record and knocked in four runs as the Wolfpack rolled through Elon 14-2 Wednesday at Doak Field at Dail Park.
Just two and a half months into his collegiate career, Turner already has a firm grasp on the Pack (22-9) single-season record, adding two to his total Wednesday to improve to 31-for-32 on steal attempts and break Kyle Wilson’s previous school record 30, set in 2009. Now, Turner can train his focus on the ACC single-season record, 63 set by UNC’s Brian Roberts in 1998.
“I’m excited to break the record,” said Turner. “I knew I was close because the guys kept telling me how close I was. Our coaches have been a huge help, teaching me what to look for from the pitcher, how to get good jumps, knowing the situations to steal on. I wasn’t as much of a base stealer before coming here.”
Turner celebrated his record with a 3-for-4 night, coming a homerun away from hitting for the cycle. The Lake Worth, Fla. native drove in three of his four RBIs on a bases loaded triple in the seventh, hit a double, stole two bases, scored twice, and walked twice.
Chris Diaz, Danny Canela, and Tarran Senay each had two-RBI nights, Senay driving in his on a pair of doubles in a 2-for-4 performance. John Gianis went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a double. Grant Clyde made an impression in his second-career start, going 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. Matt Bergquist and Ryan Mathews each scored twice as well.
Starter D.J. Thomas went the first three innings, shutting out the Phoenix (19-16) on two hits, but reliever Anthony Tzamtzis (3-2) came away with the win on two innings of no-hit ball, striking out two and walking one. Danny Healey went 1 2/3 innings without giving up a hit, and Chris Overman pitched the final frame, striking out three batters while allowing one hit.
Elon starter Andrew MacDonald (4-2) ended up with the loss, surrendering seven runs, six earned, on 10 hits and three walks over the first 3 2/3 innings. Elon used an additional four pitchers who gave up a combined seven runs, six earned, on five hits and five walks.
NC State head coach Elliott Avent was honored before the game with a plaque commemorating his 800th career victory, achieved two weeks ago in a Sunday win over Virginia.
State took a 2-0 lead in the bottom second. Clyde hit a one-out single up the middle to get the rally started. Bergquist followed him by a ripping a one-hopper by the shortstop. Elon’s left fielder struggled getting to the ball, allowing both runners to move into scoring position. Turner hit a bouncer up the middle that Elon’s shortstop booted, scoring the first run. After a stolen base by Turner, Diaz flied out deep enough to left to score Bergquist. Turner ended up stranded at second.
The Pack ripped the game open with a five-run fourth, all coming with two outs in the inning. After an Elon double play cleared the bases, Turner reached on an infield single to short. Diaz singled up the middle to put two on, and a double steal moved both runners into scoring position. The steal represented the 31st of the year for Turner, setting the NC State single-season record. Brett Austin walked to load the bases, and Canela threaded a two-RBI single through the left side to make it 4-0. Mathews followed with an RBI single to left. Senay sent a two-RBI double to the wall in right to extend the lead to 7-0.
Turner’s three-RBI triple highlighted a seven-run inning for State in the seventh, doubling the lead. Reliever Ryan Pennell walked the first two batters he faced, then hit Bergquist to load the bases with no outs. Turner sent a bullet into the left-center gap to clear the bases and slide in for his second triple of the season. Elon went to Jim Stokes after the triple. Diaz grounded out to third to score Turner, putting the Wolfpack ahead 11-0.
The inning spiraled out of control as a rash of wild pitches and passed balls kept the Pack active on the basepaths. Gianis singled with one out, and moved to second on a groundout. Back-to-back wild pitches helped Gianis score. Mathews drew a walk one pitch after Gianis scored, and moved to second on a passed ball. Mathews took third on yet another wild pitch while Senay walked to put runners on the corners. A passed ball brought in Mathews from third before Logan Ratledge singled to left center, scoring Senay, and bringing the lead to 14-0.
Elon finally got on the board in the eighth on Ryan Kinsella’s two-run homer to right center. Alex Swim reached on a one-out single, and Kinsella deposited his fourth of the year to make it 14-2.
NC State travels to Clemson this weekend for three games televised on ESPN3.com. The Pack’s Saturday game will also be carried on the ACC Network. Radio coverage for all three games will be provided by 88.1 WKNC, fans can follow Twitter updates from @NCStateBaseball, and live stats will be available on GoPack.com.