April 21, 2011
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WILMINGTON, N.C. — Matt Bergquist drove in a career-high seven runs Wednesday, and NC State set a season high for runs in a 19-5 thumping of UNC Wilmington at Brooks Field.
The Wolfpack extended its current winning streak to a season-best five games and improved its record for the season to 23-16. NC State has won 13 of its last 19 games after a 10-10 start to the season. UNCW lost for the second night in a row and fell to 21-16.
NC State collected 17 hits and seven Wolfpack hitters had two or more hits, including three each from Pratt Maynard, Bergquist and John Gianis. Harold Riggins and Tarran Senay drove in two runs each, and NC State hit three triples for the first time since Feb. 27 at Coastal Carolina.
On the other side of the box score, the Seahawks used 10 pitchers, none for more than five outs, and those 10 pitchers combined to walk 11, hit two batters, and throw three wild pitches. UNCW relievers inherited 11 baserunners from previous pitchers and six of them scored.
The Wolfpack took all the suspense out of the outcome in the first two innings, scoring four in the top of the first and six more in the top of the second. The first four NC State batters of the game reached base safely. Riggins drove in the first run with a single to left, and Senay drove in a pair with a triple into the right-field corner. Senay wound up scoring on the first of two passed balls by UNCW catcher Thomas Pope.
Seahawks starter Ryan Leach (1-3) began the second inning by walking Chris Diaz and was lifted after one-plus inning of work. He ultimately was charged with five runs on three hits and three walks. Jack Lane relieved and fared no better in two-thirds of an inning. He walked Brett Williams, then served up an RBI single to Maynard and a sacrifice fly to Riggins to make it 6-0. Senay singled and Danny Canela walked to load the bases with one out. Cameron Conner grounded into a force play to drive in one run, and Zak Kornblum came for the Seahawks and walked Gianis to reload the bases. Bergquist singled to drive in two runs and make in 9-0, and Kornblum later hit Williams with a pitch with the bases loaded to force in another run and give the Pack a 10-0 lead.
The long inning temporarily took away some of Wolfpack starter Ethan Ogburn’s sharpness. He seved up a leadoff homer to Andrew Cain in the bottom of the second, and Jake Koenig and Michael Bass drove in runs later in the inning to make it 10-3, but Ogburn settled down and NC State kept right on scoring.
The Wolfpack added two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth to give Ogburn a 14-3 lead. Gianis led off the fourth with his first homer of the season and his first since he homered in Brooks Field a year ago, and Diaz later scored on a passed ball. Bergquist tripled home a pair of runs in the fifth.
Ogburn ran out of steam before reaching the five innings needed to qualify for the win. He wound up allowing three runs on four hits in 4 1/3 innings before turning the ball over to D.J. Thomas, who got out of a fifth-inning jam with a double play, but gave up a towering two-run homer to Cain in the bottom of the sixth.
Canela led off the top of the seventh with a triple off the wall in left field and scored on a groundout by Bergquist.
The Wolfpack added four runs in the top of the ninth to put the finishing touches on the rout. Bergquist singled home a pair of runs, Diaz doubled home a run, and Chris Schaeffer drove in the final run with a groundout.
Rey Cotilla (1-0), the third of four pitchers for NC State, got the win with two shutout innings. He allowed a hit and a walk and struck out two.
NC State will open a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series with No. 1-ranked Virginia in Charlottesville this weekend. Game times are 7 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. All three games will be broadcast live on WKNC-FM (88.1) and will be available on-line on GoPack.com’s All-Access package. Saturday’s game will be the ACC’s TV Game of the Week. Check your local listings.
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