No. 5 Wolfpack Roars Past Presbyterian, 8-1
May 4, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - No. 5 NC State roared past Presbyterian, 8-1, behind seven combined runs in the fourth and sixth innings, Saturday evening at Doak Field at Dail Park. With the win, the Wolfpack clinched the series and has not lost a weekend series in its last six tries.
The Blue Hose (23-24) scored the first run of the game after Brandon Martin was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. The Wolfpack (36-11) responded with four runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a lead it would not relinquish.
Brett Austin led off the fourth inning with a walk and Tarran Senay followed with his sixth homer of the season - a two-run blast over the right field fence to give the Pack a 2-1 lead. Grant Clyde and Brett Williams hit back-to-back singles, before Carlos Rodon drove in Clyde on a fielder's choice. Williams scored the fourth run of the inning on Matt Bergquist's sacrifice fly to right field.
The Pack tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the sixth, as Trea Turner tripled off the left field wall to score Brian Taylor from third and Bryan Adametz from second. The triple was the third of the season for Turner. Jake Fincher singled to left to score Turner for the final run of the inning.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Wolfpack scratched another run across the plate when Logan Ratledge hit a sacrifice fly to center field. Taylor led off the inning with a single to center field and advanced to second on a passed ball by the catcher. Jake Armstrong singled through the left side to move Taylor over to third before Ratledge drove him home.
After holding Presbyterian hitters to just one hit on Friday, the Wolfpack pitching staff nearly mirrored that effort and only allowed two hits on Saturday. Anthony Tzamtzis started the game for State and pitched 3 2/3 innings before he was relieved by Andrew Woeck. Woeck pitched three dominant innings en route to collecting his fifth win of the season. The junior struck out five batters, including striking out the side in the sixth while not allowing a hit.
Logan Jernigan pitched the final two innings of the game, collecting two strikeouts.
Adametz and Austin led the Wolfpack offense with two hits apiece, while seven other State hitters collected one hit. Robby Swab and Martin had the lone hits for Presbyterian, both of which were singles.
NC State returns to action against Presbyterian on Sunday, May 5 at 1 p.m., for the final game of the series. ESPN3 will stream the game live, and WKNC will have radio coverage. Fans can also follow along with live stats on GoPack.com or on Twitter via @NCStateBaseball.