May 6, 2012
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RALEIGH, N.C. - No. 17 NC State outlasted CSU Bakersfield 2-0 in game one of a Sunday doubleheader at Doak Field at Dail Park behind Ethan Ogburn's phenomenal pitching effort and a two-RBI double by Ryan Mathews.
Canela led the Pack (32-12) with a 3-for-4 performance, but it was Mathews's two-out, two-RBI double off the wall in center that proved the difference. Jake Fincher went 2-for-4 with a double. Chris Diaz and Trea Turner scored the winning runs, after each hit their lone single of the game.
Ogburn (4-2) went 7 1/3 innings, striking out a season-high nine batters and shutting out the Roadrunners (19-22) on five hits and one walk. Travis Orwig faced one batter, before Vance Williams (2) came on to claim the save on Senior Day over 1 2/3 innings without allowing a hit. Williams struck out the last batter of the game, and induced an inning-ending, potentially game-saving double play on his first pitch in the eighth with the bases loaded.
CSU Bakersfield starter Spenser Messmore (3-4) went the distance, allowing two earned on nine hits with five strikeouts over eight innings.
State grabbed a 2-0 lead with a two-out rally in the bottom third. Turner made it to first with two away on a slow chopper down the third base line, beating the throw across for an infield single. Diaz followed with a liner through the right side to put two on. Canela bounced one to the left side that proved too difficult for the Bakersfield shortstop to handle on the outfield grass, loading the bases. Mathews provided the scoring punch with a two-RBI double smashed off the center field wall, just a few feet short of clearing the fence.
Bakersfield's best chance came with the bases loaded in the top of the eighth and one out. Ogburn struck out the first batter of the inning for his ninth of the game, then gave up singles to Kyle Desimone and Andrew Letourneau to put two on. Orwig faced the next batter, Kevin Younger, who legged out an infield single on a bouncer to first. With the bases loaded, Williams came in an threw one pitch, which produced a 4-6-3, inning-ending double play.
Game two of Sunday's doubleheader takes place at 1:30 p.m. Radio coverage will be provided by 88.1 WKNC, fans can follow Twitter updates from @NCStateBaseball, and live stats will be available on GoPack.com.