May 6, 2011
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RALEIGH, N.C. — Coming into Friday night’s game vs. East Tennessee State, NC State was on a roll offensively, batting .332 and averaging 8.0 runs per game the last 10 games. All of which makes John Long’s performance all the more impressive.
The ETSU junior righthander fired a complete-game four-hitter as the Bucs defeated the Wolfpack 5-1 in the first game of a three-game series at Doak Field at Dail Park. Long (5-5) allowed a first-inning run on three hits and then did not allow another hit until Brett Williams’ one-out infield single in the bottom of the eighth. Long retired 25 of the last 28 batters NC State sent to the plate.
ETSU improved to 29-15 with the win. NC State, which lost for just the fourth time in its last 12 games, fell to 20-16.
Wolfpack righthander Rob Chamra (7-1) came into the game undefeated and on a roll, but took the loss after allowing five runs on nine hits. He allowed a run on an RBI groundout by Matthew Scruggs in the second, but carried a 1-1 tie into the fifth. With a runner on first and one out, the game got away from Chamra on back-to-back pitches. The first, a fastball, was stroked into the left-field corner by Paul Holiman for a double. The next was a changeup that flattened out. Derek Trent hit it out for a three-run home run and a 4-1 ETSU lead. The Bucs added a run in the sixth on a bunt single by Andrew Green.
NC State’s run came in the bottom of the first inning. Pratt Maynard stroked a one-out double down the right-field line and scored on Harold Riggins’ single up the middle. Long took over from there, setting down the next seven Wolfpack hitters in a row and 21 of the next 22, not counting an error that wasn’t his fault.
NC State and East Tennessee State will play the second game of this weekend’s three-game 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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