May 4, 2012
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RALEIGH, N.C. - No. 17 NC State utilized a five-run seventh, which included home runs from Danny Canela and Ryan Mathews, to blow past CSU Bakersfield 8-4 Friday night at Doak Field at Dail Park.
The Pack (31-12) and the Roadrunners (19-21) traded one-run innings for the first half of the ball game, as Bakersfield jumped out to leads of 1-0, 2-1, 3-2, and 4-3 with the Wolfpack answering each time. State finally took control in the seventh, taking a 5-4 lead on Trea Turner's two-RBI single, then ripped the game open with three more runs on Mathews and Canela's bombs to make the final margin 8-4.
Canela's two-run shot off the scoreboard in the seventh marked his sixth of the year, and third in his last two games. Mathews went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI on his eighth homer of the season, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Turner scored in the first inning for the fifth-consecutive game in a 1-for-4, two run, two RBI day with a stolen base to improve to an NCAA leading 42-for-44 on the season.
Tarran Senay parked his third home run of the year, a solo blast to tie the game in the second. Logan Ratledge represented one of three Pack hitters, along with Mathews and Senay, to record a pair of hits in the game, going 2-for-4 with a run. Jake Fincher drove in a run on a sac fly.
Six of the Pack's eight lead-off batters reached base in the game. State's current seven-game winning streak marks its longest of the season.
Wolfpack reliever Ryan Wilkins (3-2) recorded the win on 1 2/3 innings, holding the Roadrunners scoreless on three hits with two strikeouts. Chris Overman (4) cashed in the save over 1 1/3 hitless innings with two batters fanned. Starter Anthony Tzamtzis went 5 2/3, giving up four runs, three earned, on two walks and seven hits. D.J. Thomas struck out the only batter he faced over 1/3.
Bakersfield went through three pitchers with starter Scott Brattvet (4-5) taking the loss on seven runs, six earned, via eight hits and four walks. Reliever Hayden Carter gave up Mathews home run for his only hit allowed over 2/3. Dylan Christensen pitched a perfect eighth in relief.
CSU Bakersfield took a 1-0 lead in the first on D.C. Legg's two-out, RBI single. Kevin Younger hit a single to center to get the inning going with one away. A two-hopper slid just left of Chris Diaz at short to put two on. Tzamtzis struck out the next batter, but gave up Legg's flare to right with two down, which dropped in to score the first run of the game. A walk loaded the bases, but Tzamtzis induced a slow grounder to second to escape the inning without any more damage.
The Pack tied the game 1-1 thanks to Turner's baserunning in the bottom first. Turner drew a lead off walk, and advanced to second on a passed ball. Diaz grounded to the right side to move him to third. A third strike in the dirt to the next batter forced Bakersfield to throw to first, and Turner took advantage by racing home, sliding in ahead of the throw from first to knot the score.
The Roadrunners regained the lead with Tyler Shryock's lead-off homer in the second. Shryock took the first pitch he saw over the left field wall to make it 2-1. Bakersfield put two runners in scoring position on a single by Younger and a hit batsman, but left both stranded after Tzamtzis struck out his second of the game to end the inning.
State matched Bakersfield in the second, as Senay led off with a solo shot to right center, his third home run of the year. A pair of walks put Wolfpack runners on, but the Roadrunners turned a double play to keep the game tied 2-2.
Bakersfield grabbed a 3-2 lead on a gift in the fourth. With two outs and a runner on third, Cael Brockmeyer popped up to shallow left, but Fincher lost sight of the ball as it came down. The innocent pop fly dropped to the turf to score Jordie Hein from third.
The Pack came roaring back again, tying the score 3-3 on Fincher's sac fly in the fourth. Mathews led off the inning with a rocket single up the middle, and moved to second on a wild pitch. Andrew Ciencin hit an infield single to put runners on the corners, setting up Fincher's one-out fly ball to left center to score Mathews from third.
The Roadrunners bounced back with a run in the fifth to jump ahead 4-3. Legg drilled a lead-off double that hit the center field wall on a bounce. Oscar Sanay bunted him to third, and Christensen hit a sac fly to center to score the run. Fincher made a nearly perfect throw home on the play, but Legg made it under the tag to score.
State finally pushed ahead, and tore the game open in the process, scoring five in the seventh to make it 8-4. Brett Austin started the rally with a lead-off single, the sixth Wolfpack lead-off to reach in seven innings. Ratledge singled through the right side on a perfectly executed hit-and-run, and made it to second when the right fielder's throw to third sailed high. Turner laced a two-RBI single to center to put the Pack on top 5-4, then stole second during the next at-bat. Diaz bunted him to third, but the sacrifice proved unnecessary when Canela belted a two-run shot off the scoreboard in right. Mathews made it back-to-back home runs by cranking a solo shot to left center as the first batter faced by Carter.
NC State returns to action Saturday in game two of its series with CSU Bakersfield at 6:30 p.m. Radio coverage for the game will be provided by 88.1 WKNC, fans can follow Twitter updates from @NCStateBaseball, and live stats will be available on GoPack.com.