April 29, 2011
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Maryland sent 11 men to the plate in a 35-minute top of the ninth inning Friday night, scoring a 13-11 come-from-behind victory over NC State in the first game of a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series at Doak Field at Dail Park.
The Wolfpack (24-19 overall, 9-13 in the ACC) scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to take a 10-8 lead and appeared to be in command of the game with closer Chris Overman on the mound. For once, however, the typically infallible Overman (6-2) proved human and was charged with all five runs in the inning, four of them earned, and took the loss.
Maryland reliever Jimmy Reed (2-1) got the final out in the bottom of the eighth, retiring the only man he faced, and got credit for the win. Korey Wacker, who started the game in center field, pitched the ninth inning and allowed a run on a hit, but earned his third save of the season. Maryland, which scored six runs with two outs, improved to 20-25 overall and 5-17 in the conference.
The Terrapins jumped to an early 4-0 lead with two runs in both the first and second innings off Wolfpack starter Cory Mazzoni. Charlie White and Alfredo Rodriguez led off the game with sharp grounders down the left-field line and off the facing of the Maryland bullpen. White, who stumbled rounding first and was held to a single, scored all the way from first on Rodriguez's hit, which he legged out for a double and then went to third on the throw to the plate. Rodriguez scored on a wild pitch to give Maryland a 2-0 lead.
Jake Stinnett's two-run homer to left field in the top of the second staked Maryland starter David Carroll to a 4-0 lead, but he was unable to hold it and the Wolfpack battered him for eight runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. Matt Bergquist trimmed the lead in half with a two-run double in the bottom of the second, then scored when Chris Diaz's high chopper up the middle caromed off the arm of second baseman Ryan Holland on a tough in-between hop and skipped into left field for a double.
Danny Canela's two-run single in the bottom of the third pushed NC State into the lead at 5-4, and Pratt Maynard added two more with a two-run double in the fourth. Eric Potter came in to pitch for Maryland with one down in the fourth, and after Canela drove in Maynard with an infield single to make it 8-4, Potter slammed the door. The Terrapin lefthander put zeroes on the scoreboard through the seventh inning and gave his teammates a chance to get back into the game, which they did with a four-run sixth inning.
Wacker drove in the first run of the inning with a double down the right-field line. White reached when Andrew Ciencin threw away his bunt attempt for an error, allowing Wacker to score and cut the lead to 8-6. With two on and two out, Holland doubled in both runners to knot the score at 8-8.
The Wolfpack loaded the bases with one down in the bottom of the eighth off of Potter, who finally was running out of gas. Charlie Haslup came in to pitch and quickly served up a sacrifice fly to pinch-hitter Chris Schaeffer to break the tie. Singles by Bergquist and Diaz made it a 10-8 game. Reed finally got the final out.
Aaron Etchison and Tim Kiene drove in the first two runs in the top of the ninth with back-to-back singles to left off of Overman, who then hit Michael Montville with a pitch to load the bases. Stinnett singled in the go-ahead run, and Jordan Hagel hit a two-run single to give the Terps some insurance with a 13-10 lead.
Ciencin's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth cut the final score to 13-11.
NC State and Maryland will play the second game of this three-game ACC series on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on WKNC-FM (88.1) and will be available on-line with videostreaming 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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