No. 5 Baseball Takes Sweep With 12-3 Win Over Presbyterian
May 5, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - The fifth-ranked NC State baseball team turned a third-inning error by Presbyterian into four unearned runs and cruised to a 12-3 victory on Sunday to sweep the three-game series against the Blue Hose at Doak Field at Dail Park.
The Pack (37-11 overall) has now won 19 of its last 20 games, with six series wins during that span.
"This was a big weekend sweep for us," said head coach Elliott Avent. "Presbyterian, if you look at their schedule and the teams they have played, is a really good baseball team.
"I thought we did excellent work all weekend to get the sweep. To win 19 of 20 games in college baseball is almost impossible to do. I'm very proud of the way our team is playing right now as we gear up for the end of the regular-season and look toward postseason play."
Sophomore lefthander Carlos Rodon (6-2) settled down after giving up a two-run homer in the first inning to Presbyterian's Brad Zebedis and finished the game with nine strikeouts and no walks in his seven innings of work.
He retired eight of the final nine batters he faced, with the lone batter who advanced to first reaching on a strike out and wild pitch.
"Carlos wasn't sharp at the beginning of the game, because it was kind of cold and overcast, but he got a lot better as it went along," Avent said. "I thought he pitched well."
Presbyterian, which had only three hits in 58 at-bats in the first two games of the weekend series with no extra-base hits, took an early lead after Jay Lizanich opened the game with a single up the middle and Zebedis followed with a two-run homer to left centerfield.
But the Pack doubled up that run total in the third with four unearned runs and padded its lead with five more in the seventh.
Second baseman Logan Ratledge went 3-for-4 on the day and scored two runs. Both Jake Fincher and Jake Armstrong had two hits as the Pack's only other players with multiple hits and each drove in two runs. For Fincher, the two hits extended his remarkable run of reaching base to 46 of the Pack's 48 games this season.
Eight of the Pack's nine starters had at least one hit.
Senior Tarran Senay cut Presbyterian's early lead in half with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to the right-center warning track. Grant Clyde walked to reload the bases and Brett Williams drove in the tying run with a full-count walk.
Armstrong then gave his team the lead for good with a two-run single to right field.
Fincher had the big blow in the Pack's seventh inning, with a two-run double on a high fly ball to the right field corner.
NC State returns to action on Tuesday, hosting UNC Wilmington at 6 p.m. at Doak Field at Dail Park. 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.