NC State Baseball Nips The Citadel, 7-6
May 10, 2002
RALEIGH, N.C. - Junior shortstop Chad Orvella rapped a single to center to score pinch-runner Craig Moody with the winning run to lift the NC State Wolfpack over The Citadel 7-6 at Doak Field on Friday afternoon. The win moved NC State to 27-24 on the season, while the Bulldogs dropped to 27-22 overall.
NC State reliever Brian Ross (2-1) tossed a scorless ninth inning to pick up the victory. The Scottsbluff, Nebraska native also struck out one and walked a batter. Ross came on in relief of Phillip Davidson who tossed eight innings and struck out 10, while giving up eight hits and five earned runs.
Bulldog reliever Raymond Jenkins (4-3) suffered the loss, going the final 3 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs, while striking out two and walking three.
The Bulldogs jumped on Davidson for one run in the first inning after the freshman righthander loaded the bases on a single, a fielder's choice and a walk. First baseman Chip Cannon followed with a sharply hit ball to Wolfpack first baseman David Hicks who turned and got the out at second while The Citadel right fielder Jason Randall scored on the play.
Davidson got into trouble again in the second frame when The Citadel put up five more runs to make the score 5-0. After catcher Will Coker led off with a double down the left field line, third baseman Chris Ard followed with a bunt single and second baseman James Corn drew a walk to load the bases once again. Shortstop John Aughey then walked just before center fielder Matt Dean scored Ard on a groundout to second to give the Bulldogs a three-run lead. Randall continued the outburst with a single to third, plating Corn. Cannon closed out the scoring in the innning with a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Aughey.
The Wolfpack knocked in a run in the bottom of the second inning, courtesy of third baseman Jeremy Dutton's triple down the right field line to score Orvella, who reached on a single to center to make the score 5-1.
NC State evened the affair in the bottom of the fifth when Bulldog starter Eric Talbert surrendered four runs. Second baseman Adam Hargrave blooped a one-out double in short right field to get the rally going for the Wolfpack. Center fielder Marc Maynor then beat out a ground ball to first to set up right fielder Joe Gaetti's double to the gap in left center to bring the Wolfpack within three. Left fielder Brian Wright sliced the Bulldog lead to a single run with a two-run double, his 21st of the season, down the right field line, scoring Maynor and Gaetti. Catcher Colt Morton then ripped a single up the middle to plate Wright with the tying run.
The Citadel slipped past the Wolfpack in the top of the eighth with one run to grab a 6-5 lead. Coker led off the inning with a single to center and later swiped second for his first stolen base of the season. Aughey then followed with a smash to center that Wolfpack center fielder Marc Maynor misplayed, allowing Coker to score from second. Davidson retired Randall on a groundout to second to end any further scoring by the Bulldogs.
The Wolfpack tied the score in the bottom of the ninth Morton dropped a double in the right center gap off Jenkins, plating Wright with NC State's sixth run of the game. Wright reached earlier in the inning on a walk. Jenkins intentionally walked Hicks to set the stage for Orvella's heroics.
Orvella went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored to lead the Wolfpack. Morton also went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and Wright posted a 2-for-4 afternoon with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Coker led The Citadel, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored.
The Wolfpack will face The Citadel again on Saturday at Doak Field with a start time of 7:30 p.m.