NC State Baseball Upends Duke, 9-3
April 12, 2002
RALEIGH, N.C. - Justin Riley went 3-for-5 with five RBIs and Daniel Caldwell tossed his fourth complete game of the season to lead NC State to a 9-3 victory over Duke on Friday evening at Doak Field. The Wolfpack improved to 23-13 overall and 3-7 in the ACC, while Duke fell a game below .500 at 17-18 overall and 0-7 in conference play.
Caldwell (6-4) picked up the victory, allowing nine hits and three earned runs, while striking out three and walking five. Duke's Tim Layden (3-5) took the loss in 5 2/3 innings, surrendering nine hits and six earned runs, while fanning two batters.
Duke drew first blood with a run off Caldwell in the top of the first inning. After shortstop Kevin Kelly smashed a one-out double down the left field line, Caldwell retired first baseman Larry Broadway on a groundout, advancing Kelly to third base. Kelly then swiped home on the front end of a double-steal attempt, his sixth steal of the season.
The Wolfpack struck back in their half of the frame on a two-out blast to left-center field by Riley that caromed off the scoreboard to even the score at one.
The game stayed relatively quiet until the bottom of the fifth inning when NC State posted three more runs for a 4-1 lead. Following a leadoff double by third baseman Jeremy Dutton and a single by shortstop Chad Orvella, Riley continued his wrath, hammering a Layden offering just beyond the center-field wall for his team-leading seventh home run of the season. It was also his third home run against the Blue Devils in five career games.
The Blue Devils bounced right back, slicing the Wolfpack lead to two runs with a tally in the top of the sixth. Catcher Troy Caradonna started the action by drawing a two-out walk off Caldwell. He was followed by center fielder Doug Bechtold, who drilled a 3-2 two-out offering to the left field wall, scoring Caradonna, who was running on the pitch.
The Wolfpack extended its lead, courtesy of Riley, with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the sixth. After Layden retired the first two Wolfpack batters of the inning, Dutton and Orvella reached with back-to-back singles, and Wright walked to load the bases for Riley. The Crestview, Fla., junior then laced a seeing-eye single between short and third off Blue Devil reliever Justin Dilucchio to score Dutton and Orvella and give the home team a 6-2 lead.
NC State blew the game open in the bottom of the seventh with three more runs. Right fielder Matt Butler walked to lead off, and center fielder Joe Gaetti's infield single put runners at first and second. With one out, Dutton strode to the plate and promptly doubled to right-center to score Butler and Gaetti. The hit was Dutton's eighth double in eight career contests against Duke. One out later, Wright followed with a rocket off the top of the right-field wall against Duke's Ryan Sember to score Dutton from second.
Kelly connected on his sixth home run of the season into the net behind the left field wall in the top of the ninth for his sixth home run of the season for the final margin.
Dutton went 3-for-4 on the night with two RBIs to raise his average to .471 (16-for-34) all-time against Duke. For his career, Dutton, a Durham native and a Southern Durham graduate, has hit safely in all eight games he has played against the Blue Devils, with 14 runs scored and seven RBIs.
Wright posted a 2-for-3 showing at the plate with a pair of runs batted in and a walk. Wright has also victimized Duke in his career, going .512 (22-for-43) with seven doubles and 25 RBIs in 11 career games against Duke.
Bechtold led the Blue Devils offensively, going 3-for-4 while driving in one run.
The second game of the series will be at 1 p.m. at Doak Field. The game will be televised on Fox Sports South, and broadcast on WKNC, 88.1 FM, as well as on www.gopack.com.