May 11, 2011
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BUIES CREEK, N.C. — Pratt Maynard tied his career high with four hits, and righthanders Vance Williams and Josh Easley combined on a five-hitter Wednesday night as NC State cruised past Campbell 10-2 at Taylor Field.
NC State improved to 28-21 with the win, while Campbell fell to 16-31 with the loss.
Williams (2-0) started and pitched the first 5 1/3 innings, allowing all five Campbell hits and both runs. Williams walked one and struck out four. Easely worked the last 3 2/3 innings and retired all 11 men he faced, seven of them on strikes, to notch his first collegiate save. The seven strikeouts marked a career high for Easley. Campbell’s lone run came on a one-out two-run homer by Ellis Lowe in the bottom of the third inning. The Camels did not have a hit after Ben Fish’s one-out single in the fourth.
Maynard, meanwhile, flied out to center field in the first inning, then singled in the third and fourth, homered in the seventh, and singled again in the ninth. It was the fourth four-hit game of his career.
The Wolfpack jumped to a quick 1-0 lead on Brett Williams’ leadoff homer in the top of the first, his fifth of the season, then took a 4-0 lead in the top of the third on an RBI single by Harold Riggins, and a run-scoring groundout by Danny Canela and a subsequent throwing error on the play.
Lowe’s homer cut the lead in half at 4-2, but Chris Diaz got a run home in the top of the fourth with a groundout, and Maynard singled home a run to make it 6-2. All six runs through the fourth inning came off Campbell starter and loser Ryan Koopman (3-8), who allowed six runs on five hits in three-plus innings.
Maynard led off the seventh with his fourth homer of the season to make it 7-2, and NC State added three more runs in the top of the ninth on an RBI single by Riggins and three wild pitches from reliever Matt Marksberry.
NC State will return to action this weekend with a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series with Florida State. Game times are 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. on Sunday. All three games 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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