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    Pack Cruises 6-1 Over Radford in Midweek Tuneup

    May 13, 2014

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    Top Performers: Brett Austin (3-for-4, 2 2B, HR, 4 RBI, R, BB), Joe O'Donnell (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 K)
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    RADFORD, Va. - NC State baseball’s Brett Austin provided a career high four RBIs including two doubles and a homer as the Wolfpack rolled 6-1 over Radford on Tuesday night at Radford University Baseball Stadium.

    The Pack (30-21) won its ninth game in the last 12 tries by taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first and adding two more in the fifth. Radford (30-20) trimmed the lead to 3-1, before State piled on two more runs in the seventh and another in the ninth to set the final at 6-1.

    Austin carried the day with a 3-for-4 performance including four RBIs, a run, and a walk while doubling twice and contributing his fourth homer of the year, a solo shot in the ninth. Andrew Knizner came one hit shy of matching a career high in a 4-for-5 outing with a triple, an RBI, and two runs.

    Five Wolfpack hitters submitted multi-hit efforts on the evening. Trea Turner went 2-for-4 with two runs and his 23rd stolen base of the year, pulling within 17 of tying the ACC career record of 127. Logan Ratledge went 2-for-5 with a run. Preston Palmeiro added a 2-for-4 day with his fourth double of the season. John Mangum provided a single in his start at catcher. Chance Shepard went 1-for-2 as the starting designated hitter.

    The Wolfpack pitching staff carried a no-hitter two outs into the sixth inning. Joe O’Donnell (3-0) earned the win with three perfect innings in the third, fourth, and fifth with four punchouts. Ryan Williamson started and no-hit the Highlanders for two innings with one walk and three strikeouts. Cory Wilder worked a career long 2 2/3 innings of no-hit ball from the sixth into the ninth with three strikeouts. Chris Williams, D.J. Thomas, and Will Gilbert combined to pitch 1 1/3.

    NC State opened up a 1-0 lead in the first thanks to Knizner’s two-out triple down the right field line. Austin doubled to the wall in left to score him. In the fifth, State extended the lead to 3-0 when Turner knocked a one-out single up the middle. Knizner sent him to third with two away on a single up the middle of his own. Austin doubled to the wall in left center to score both runs.

    Nursing a 3-1 lead in the seventh, Turner led off with a walk and stole second. Ratledge singled to right center to put runners on the corners. Knizner drove in Turner for the 12th time in the last nine games with an infield single to short. A double play to second scored Ratledge from third. Austin added a solo shot in the ninth to set the final at 6-1.

    NC State returns to action on Thursday, May 15 at 5:30 p.m. for the first of a three-game set at Virginia Tech. Thursday night’s contest will stream on ESPN3.com. Radio coverage for the entire weekend will be carried by 88.1 WKNC. Fans can also follow along with live stats from GoPack.com, or Twitter updates from @NCStateBaseball.


     

     

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