Campbell Downs NC State Baseball, 5-2
April 14, 2004
RALEIGH, N.C. - Rob Finch pitched seven standout innings and Nate Logan capped a four-run third inning with a two-run triple as Campbell defeated NC State 5-2 Wednesday night at Doak Field. The game was played after the Wolfpack won the conclusion of a suspended game from February 14 by a 7-1 score.
With the split in what amounted to an abbreviated doubleheader, Campbell is now 13-21, while NC State is 25-11. Finch (1-3) allowed two runs on nine hits, walking one and striking out one. He threw just 85 pitches, 60 of them for strikes; 48 of his first 61 pitches were strikes. Jordan Topal worked two scoreless innings of two-hit relief to earn his second save of the season. NC State starter Derek McKee (1-2) took the loss after allowing four runs on four hits in 2 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out three.
Campbell got off to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when David Forbes led off the inning with a long home run off the scoreboard in left-center field, his first home run of the season.
The Camels then effectively put the game out of reach with a clutch two-out rally in the top of the third. Joe Anthonsen got it started with a single to right, and Jeff Randol followed with a single through the right side of the infield. Mike Priest sent Anthonsen home with a single to center, making it 2-0 and driving McKee from the game. David Forbes greeted reliever Gib Hobson with a single to right, driving in Randol, and Nate Logan drove in Priest and Forbes with a triple to right field, giving the Camels a 5-0 lead.
Hobson settled down after that, and wound up working 4 1/3 innings, allowing just one run on three hits, and Daniel Caldwell pitched two perfect innings, fanning three. The damage was done, however, in the one big inning.
NC State got on the scoreboard with a run in the bottom of the third. Matt Camp reached on a one-out single up the middle, and Jake Muyco beat out a bunt for a hit, putting runners at first and second. David Hicks drove in Camp with a single to left, cutting the Campbell lead to 5-1.
The Wolfpack sliced another run off the lead in the bottom of the seventh when Muyco drew a two-out walk and scored all the way from first on Hicks's opposite-field double off the wall in left-center. That was all that NC State could muster off of Finch and Topal, but it wasn't for a lack of opportunities. The Pack left runners stranded in every inning but the fourth, including five runners stranded in scoring position.