May 8, 2011
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RALEIGH, N.C. — Tarran Senay and Danny Canela each went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs on Sunday, and the NC State bullpen worked 5 1/3 solid innings to lift the Wolfpack past East Tennessee State 8-5 in the final game of a three-game series at Doak Field at Dail Park.
In salvaging the final game of the series, NC State improves to 27-21. ETSU falls to 30-16 with the loss.
After the starting pitchers dominated the first two games of the series, the hitters broke out the bats on Sunday. The teams traded single runs in the first inning — ETSU on an RBI single by Derek Trent and NC State on a single by Canela — but the Wolfpack took control of the game with two runs in the second and three more in the third.
Senay led off the second with a home run to right to break the tie, and Chris Diaz made it 3-1 with a run-scoring groundout three hitters later.
Derek Niesman led off the top of the third for ETSU and tripled off the wall in left-center, then came around to score on Bo Reeder’s double to right field.
NC State loaded the bases in the bottom half of the third on consecutive one-out singles by Canela, Andrew Ciencin and Senay, driving ETSU starter Bo Burton (2-4) from the game after just 2 1/3 innings. Dak Risman came in to pitch, and John Gianis and Matt Bergquist each drove in a run with a single, making it five straight singles by the Pack. Diaz made it 6-2 with a sacrifice fly. Burton wound up being charged with six runs, all earned, on seven hits.
The bullpens took over through the middle innings. The Bucs loaded the bases with two down in the top of the fourth, but D.J. Thomas (2-1) came in and retired Andrew Green on an infield pop-up to strand all three runners. Thomas now has inherited 15 baserunners from previous pitchers this season and stranded all but one. Thomas worked 1 1/3 innings and retired all four men he faced before handing the ball off to Danny Healey, who set down six of seven before running into trouble in the eighth inning.
Risman, meanwhile, retired eight in a row after Bergquist’s single, and Scott McNally worked a 1-2-3 sixth inning to keep the score at 6-2 heading into the seventh.
The Wolfpack added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh, all after two were out. Canela hit a towering homer to right, and Ciencin singled and came around to score on Senay’s RBI double.
The Bucs finally got to a tiring Healey in the eighth, scoring three times on walks to Trent and Dylan Pratt, and a three-run homer by Matthew Scruggs. Chris Overman got the game’s final four outs to record his fifth save of the season.
NC State will return to action on Wednesday with a non-conference game at Campbell. Game time is 6 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.
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