May 6, 2012
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RALEIGH, N.C. - No. 17 NC State extended its current win streak to nine games, the longest since 2004, with a 10-7 comeback win over CSU Bakersfield in the second half of a doubleheader Sunday at Doak Field at Dail Park.
The Wolfpack (33-12) fell behind 5-1 in the top of the fifth, before rallying to take a 6-5 lead with five runs on a pair of two-RBI doubles in the bottom half of the inning. The Pack saw that lead slip away, as CSU Bakersfield (19-23) tied the game at 7-7 in seventh. State rose to the occasion in the eighth, scoring three runs in a two-out rally to slam the door.
Ryan Mathews, Andrew Ciencin, and John Gianis all came through on Senior Day, especially in the pivotal fifth inning. Ciencin led the way with a 3-for-4, four RBI, one run performance with the game-tying, two-RBI double. Mathews drove in the first two runs in the fifth in a 2-for-4, two RBI, two run day with a double. Gianis started the rally by leading off the inning with a single in a 1-for-4, one run effort.
Chris Diaz hit a pair of doubles in a 3-for-5 outing with an RBI and two runs. Brett Austin drove in a run in a 2-for-5 showing. Danny Canela hit the two-out RBI to put the Pack ahead 8-7, his only hit in a 1-for-4 game with two runs scored.
State's nine-game winning streak represents the longest for the Pack since an 11-gamer in 2004.
Reliever Dillon Frye (2-0) scored the win with 1 1/3 innings of work, striking out one and holding Bakersfield hitless. Chris Overman (5) notched the save by striking out two and surrendering one hit in the ninth. Starter Logan Jernigan went two innings, giving up three earned on four hits.
The Roadrunners used four pitchers, but reliever Jordan Camacho (0-1) took the loss with four earned runs on five hits and a walk over three innings. Starter Jeff McKenzie pitched the first 4 2/3, allowing six runs, five earned, on seven hits and three walks.
Bakersfield scored first, taking a 1-0 lead on Oscar Sanay's two-out RBI single. Andrew Letourneau was hit by a pitch to start the game, and stole second with one out. A grounder to short moved him to third with two away. Jernigan walked the next batter to put runners at the corners, before giving up Sanay's groundball up the middle to score Letourneau.
State returned the favor in the bottom first, tying the game 1-1. Diaz grounded a single through the left side, then took second on a wild pitch with two away. After Mathews walked to put two on, Ciencin ripped an RBI single through the left side, scoring Diaz from second.
The Roadrunners scored a pair in the second to climb ahead 3-1. Garrett Pierce drew a one-out walk to start the rally. Kyle Desimone lifted a single to left to get runners to the corners with one out. After Jernigan's first strikeout of the ball game, Desimone stole second to put two in scoring position. That steal allowed Kevin Younger's ground-rule double into the Wolfpack bullpen to score two. Jernigan struck out the next batter to end the inning.
Bakersfield stretched the lead to 5-1 on Desimone's two-out, two-RBI single in the fifth. Sanay led off with a walk, then a close call on a 1-2 check swing afforded Mick Gaston new life to send a double off the wall in center, putting two in scoring position. Diaz smothered a grounder on the infield turf, and Logan Ratledge grabbed a shallow fly to right to get two outs without allowing a run. Despite those efforts, Desimone came up with the clutch hit to left, scoring both runners.
The Pack exploded with five runs in the fifth to take a 6-5 lead. Gianis and Ratledge started the inning with a pair of singles, before Trea Turner hit into a fielder's choice to put runners on the corners. Turner stole second, then Canela walked to load the bases with two away. Mathews fought off a pair of 2-2 pitches before scorching a grounder by the third baseman for a two-RBI double to the left field corner. Ciencin drove the first pitch he saw into right center for another two-RBI double to tie the game. Austin gave State the lead by beating out a slow roller to third, and took second on a throwing error that plated Ciencin.
State added a run to its lead in the seventh. Ratledge drew a lead-off walk, and moved to second on Turner's groundout to first. Diaz smoked an RBI double down the left field line to extend the lead to 7-5.
Bakersfield knotted the score 7-7 in the seventh. Pack reliever Ryan Wilkins hit Dylan Christensen with one out to provide the first baserunner of the inning. A passed ball moved him to second just before a groundout to third for the second out. Desimone cashed in the runner with an RBI double to the left field corner, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Letourneau dropped an RBI triple in the right field corner to tie the game. Frye came in to relieve Wilkins, striking out the first batter he faced to end the inning.
The Wolfpack answered the call when it counted, responding with three runs in the bottom eighth to take command. The runs came on a two-out rally started by Diaz, who ripped a grounder along the third base line that ricocheted off of the wall in foul territory for a double. Canela sprayed an RBI single into left field to send him home. Mathews followed that with a single through the left side to put two on. Ciencin smoked a bouncer that hopped by the shortstop to score Canela. Then Austin flipped an RBI single into center to make it 10-7.
State returns to the diamond Tuesday, May 8 at 6 p.m. when they host North Carolina A&T. 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 at GoPack.com.