May 7, 2011
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RALEIGH, N.C. — Cory Mazzoni pitched a gem for NC State on Saturday, but it wasn’t quite enough. East Tennessee State’s Derek Bushey matched and trumped Mazzoni by tossing a complete-game two-hit shutout to lead the Bucs past the Wolfpack 2-0 in the second game of a three-game series at Doak Field at Dail Park.
With the win, ETSU has won the first two games of the series and improves to 30-15. NC State falls to 26-21 with the loss.
Mazzoni (3-6) allowed just one baserunner and faced the minumum through three innings before allowing a fourth-inning run on a pair of singles, a stolen base, and a sacrifice fly by Paul Hoilman. Mazzoni then settled down and retired 16 of the next 17 ETSU batters before Derek Trent hit a two-out solo home run in the top of the ninth. Mazzoni pitched 8 2/3 innings and allowed just five hits, walked one and struck out nine. He allowed just one leadoff hitter to reach base, and only allowed three runners to advance to scoring position.
The game marked only the second time this season than an NC State starting pitcher worked into the ninth inning, and Mazzoni did it both times. He tossed a complete-game shutout against Clemson on March 25. Mazzoni has been a workhorse for the Wolfpack this season, pitching at least seven innings in eight of his 12 starts and has pitched into the sixth inning in all 12. His performance against ETSU ranks among his best of the season.
Unfortunately, two runs was one more than Bushey (5-3) needed. He carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning before yielding a two-out single to Harold Riggins. John Gianis singled to lead off the fifth and those two hits were all the hitting Bushey allowed NC State for the evening. Cameron Conner erased Gianis by grounding into a force play, and Chris Diaz drew a two-out walk to advance Conner to second, but that was the only runner Bushey allowed to reach scoring position the entire game.
Bushey walked three and struck out six. He retired 13 of the last 14 men he faced, and the one who reached base did so on an error, which was not of Bushey’s doing. He ended that inning by rolling a double-play grounder.
NC State and East Tennessee State will play the final game of this weekend’s three-game series on Sunday at 1 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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