April 19, 2011
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RALEIGH, N.C. — Andrew Ciencin’s bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning drove in Chris Diaz with the winning run as NC State defeated Campbell 3-2 in non-conference baseball action at Doak Field at Dail Park.
Diaz got the ninth-inning rally started with an infield single, and Campbell reliever Matt Marskberry (1-3) hit Brett Williams with a pitch to put runners on first and second with one away.
Marskberry struck out John Gianis for the second out of the inning, but Pratt Maynard beat out a ground ball to first baseman Josh Holskey on a close play at the bag to load the bases for Ciencin, who drove a 2-1 pitch just short of the warning track in left-center field. Left fielder Jimmy Brenneman got a good break on the ball, but missed making a diving catch by a few feet.
Ciencin’s hit made a winner of closer Chris Overman (6-1), who pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings, but was charged with his first blown save of the season when Ben Fish doubled into the left-field corner on Overman’s first pitch of the game, a fastball up and in. Fish's double drove in Kyle Holstrom to tie the game at 2-2 in the top of the eighth. Holstrom reached base earlier in the inning with a double that drove in Alan Denman with Campbell’s first run.
NC State (22-16), which won its fourth game in a row and its 12th in the last 18 games, jumped on the scoreboard first when Pratt Maynard belted a long two-run home run into the trees beyond the right-field fence in the bottom of the first.
The Camels (15-25) threatened in the top of the second. Holstrom led off and doubled to left and took third on a groundout. With two outs in the inning, NC State coach Elliott Avent brought Vance Williams in from the bullpen and Williams slammed the door on the Camels until the eighth inning. Williams set down 15 of the first 21 Campbell hitters he faced and allowed just one runner to reach scoring position before Denman led off the eighth with a single to center and eventually scored. Williams was charged with both Camel runs, and struck out a career-high eight without allowing a walk.
NC State will return to action Wednesday at UNC Wilmington. Game time is 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on WKNC-FM (88.1) and will be available 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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