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    No. 18 State Edged 8-6 at Campbell
     
    Chris Diaz
    Chris Diaz
     

    April 17, 2012

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    BUIES CREEK, N.C. - No. 18 NC State’s rally from a four-run deficit fell short as the Pack dropped an 8-6 decision to Campbell at Taylor Field Tuesday night.

    Chris Diaz knocked in a pair of Wolfpack (24-11) runs, one on an RBI double in the first, part of a 2-for-5 effort with a run scored. Trea Turner scored once and drove in one on a 1-for-3 night with a stolen base to improve to an NCAA-leading 39-for-40. Turner was picked off at first, but turned on the jets for second base rather than retreating, and beat the throw.

    Danny Canela went 0-for-2, but walked twice, scored once, and pushed Diaz home on a sac fly. Logan Ratledge scored a pair of runs in a 2-for-3 outing, the only Pack hitter aside from Diaz to go for multiple hits.

    Reliever Ryan Wilkins (2-2) took the loss on three earned runs over an inning of work. Starter Dillon Frye went two innings, allowing one earned on two hits and two walks. Chris Overman went 2 1/3 innings, holding Campbell (31-8) to one earned run on four hits with two strikeouts. Danny Healey gave up three, one earned on 2 1/3 as the first reliever out of the pen. Travis Orwig retired one batter in the eighth.

    Campbell reliever Ryan Mattes (4-1) earned the win on 2 2/3 starting in the fifth, surrendering one earned on two hits, striking out two. Starter Paul Eyster lasted only an inning, giving up three runs, two earned on three hits.

    State jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening frame on Diaz’s RBI double. Turner led off the game by beating out a throw from short on what appeared to be a routine groundball. Diaz sprayed a double into the right center gap to score Turner from first, and advanced to third on an error by the center fielder. Canela hit a sac fly to left to score Diaz.

    The Pack added another in the second, extending the lead to 3-0 on Turner’s sac fly. Andrew Ciencin was hit by a pitch to start the inning, and Ratledge singled to left behind him. Fincher bunted the pair over before Matt Bergquist walked to load the bases with one out. Then Turner sent a fly deep enough to right to plate Ciencin from third.

    Campbell cut the lead to 3-1 on a double steal in the second. David Olson led off with a single to center, and Nick Ray walked behind him to put two on. The Pack turned a 4-6-3 double play for the first two outs, but Olson moved to third on the play. A walk put runners on the corners, and Campbell attempted a double steal. Austin fired to second in time, but a rundown gave Olson time to score from third before the end of the inning.

    State recovered that run in the fourth to take a 4-1 lead. Ratledge took a pitch in the back to lead off the inning, moved to second on a sac bunt, took third on a grounder to the right side, and scored on a two-out passed ball. Turner walked after the passed ball, and stole second, but ended up stranded there.

    The Camels tied the game 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth. Ben Fish led off with a double down the left field line. After a one-out walk, Ben McQuown singled to center to score Fish. Wilkins relieved Healey and struck out the first batter he faced, but hit the next to load the bases. A throwing error by Turner helped Campbell file the lead down to 4-3. A bases loaded walk by Ray scored the tying run.

    Campbell took command with a four-run sixth to leap ahead 8-4. Fish led off with a single to left, and moved to second on a sac bunt. Jimmy Brenneman hit a bunt single to put runners on the corners. A one-out walk to McQuown loaded the bases and chased Wilkins from the game. Michael Felton singled through the right side against Overman to give Campbell the lead. A foul out kept the bases loaded with two away, but Olson came up with a fisted single into right to score a pair. Felton scored from third during the next at-bat on a wild pitch.

    The Wolfpack narrowed the gap to 8-5 in the top seventh. Canela drew a one-out walk and scored the run from third on a wild pitch. Brett Austin’s two-out double down the right field line put Canela in position to score.

    State added another in the eighth to make it 8-6, as Ratledge scored on a bizarre infield pop up from Diaz that fell in between the first and second basemen. Ratledge led off the inning with a single, moved to second on Jake Fincher’s walk, and reached third on a fielder’s choice. That did it for the Pack offense though, as a three up, three down ninth allowed Campbell to escape with the win.

    NC State returns to action on Friday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. as the Pack hosts Boston College in a three-game conference series. Radio coverage for the weekend will be provided by 88.1 WKNC, fans can follow Twitter updates from @NCStateBaseball, and live stats will be available at GoPack.com.


     

     

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