May 1, 2011
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RALEIGH, N.C. — Brett Williams singled in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning Sunday, and Ethan Ogburn worked four shutout innings in relief to lift NC State past Maryland 7-5 in the final game of a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series at Doak Field at Dail Park.
The Wolfpack, which won the series two games to one, improves to 26-19 overall and 10-13 in the ACC. Maryland falls to 20-27 and 5-19.
NC State bashed out 11 hits in the game, reaching double figures in all three games of the series and for the fourth time in as many games. Williams and Harold Riggins both went 3-for-5, with Williams driving in three runs, and Chris Diaz went 2-for-4 and scored a pair of runs.
The Wolfpack got on the scoreboard first with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second, all after the first two men in the inning were retired. Maryland starter Sander Beck struck out Chris Schaeffer for what should have been the final out in the inning, but Schaeffer reached when the ball skipped past catcher Aaron Etchison for a wild pitch. Chris Diaz followed and singled to right, and right fielder Austin Kilbourne overran the ball for an error, allowing Schaeffer to score and Diaz to advance all the way to third. Williams followed with a triple off the wall in left field, driving in Diaz to make it 2-0. Williams scored when shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez booted Pratt Maynard’s grounder for an error.
Ryan Holland’s two-run homer in the top of the third trimmed the lead to 3-2, and the Terps took a 5-3 lead in the top of the fifth on an RBI double by Jake Stinnett, a sacrifice fly by Rodriguez and an RBI single by Kilbourne.
Diaz led off the bottom of the sixth with a bunt single, took second on a wild pitch and third on a passed ball, then scored on Williams’ second hit of the game, a single through the right side of the infield. Maryland reliever Charlie Crosswhite hit Andrew Ciencin with a pitch and was promptly lifted for Michael Boyden, who had to leave the game shortly after Riggins smoked a line drive off his upper arm for the world’s hardest-hit infield single, loading the bases.
Boyden went to a 3-0 count on Tarran Senay before Maryland coach Erik Bakich lifted him for Charlie Haslup, who completed the walk to Senay to force in the tying run.
John Gianis led off the bottom of the seventh with an infield single and went to second on Schaeffer’s sacrifice. With two away, Williams came through once again, bouncing a single up the middle to score Gianis and give the Wolfpack a 6-5 lead. Williams went to second on the throw to the plate, then scored on Maynard’s opposite-field single through the left side of the infield.
Haslup (0-1) got the loss for that inning. He worked 2 2/3 innings and allowed the two runs on three hits.
Ogburn (5-2), who relieved Vance Williams after Maryland took the lead in the fifth, cruised through the sixth and seventh before running into some slight trouble in the eighth and ninth. Diaz started double plays in each inning to get Ogburn out of trouble. Ogburn allowed five hits and struck out two. He did not walk a batter.
NC State will take the next four days off for final exams, then return to action next weekend for a three-game non-conference series vs. East Tennessee State. Game times are 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. on Sunday. All three games 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.