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    John Gianis had three hits and drove in three runs Sunday in NC State's 12-4 victory over sixth-ranked Florida State.
    John Gianis had three hits and drove in three runs Sunday in NC State's 12-4 victory over sixth-ranked Florida State.
     

    May 15, 2011

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      RALEIGH, N.C. -- John Gianis went 3-for-5 and drove in three runs Sunday, and Harold Riggins, Matt Bergquist and Chris Diaz drove in two runs apiece to lift NC State past sixth-ranked Florida State 12-4 in the second game of a doubleheader and the final game of a three-game ACC series at Doak Field at Dail Park.

    Florida State, which won the first game of the doubleheader 7-5, won the series two games to one. NC State improves to 29-23 overall with the victory, 12-15 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Florida State leaves town with a 39-13 overall mark, 18-9 in the ACC.

    Frustrated through the first two games of the series, the Wolfpack jumped to a 4-0 lead on seven consecutive base hits in the bottom of the third inning. Bergquist led off with a double into the left-field corner, and Diaz singled Bergquist home with the game's first run. Diaz took second on the throw to the plate, and went to third Brett Williams' bunt single. Pratt Maynard hit a sharp grounder wide of the first-base bag, and the ball hit Williams. Maynard was awarded a single but Williams was out. Since the ball was dead, Diaz had to stay at third.

    Riggins was up next and reached on a single to the hole between shortstop and third base, driving in Diaz, and Canela doubled to left to drive in Maynard and send Riggins to third. Andrew Ciencin singled to right to score Riggins with the fourth run of the inning. That was all for FSU starter Hunter Scantling (3-1), who was charged with four runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings.

    Florida State cut the lead in half in the top of the fourth on an RBI single by Justin Gonzalez and a sacrifice fly by Sean Gilmartin.

    Lefthander Nick Rice (1-0) came in for starter Josh Easley and worked a scoreless inning to get the win. Righthander Vance Williams followed Rice to the mound and turned in 2 1/3 solid innings to keep the Seminoles at bay into the eighth inning.

    Diaz made it 5-2 in the bottom of the inning, doubling home Gianis, who led off the inning with a single and took second on a wild pitch.

     NC State scored an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth on a single by Williams, and then broke the game open in the bottom of the seventh. Riggins and Ciencin were hit by pitches, and Cameron Conner walked to load the bases. Gianis drove in one run on a groundout, and Bergquist drove in two with a single to right, ballooning the lead to 9-2.

    Gonzalez singled in a run in the top of the eighth, and Seth Miller hit a sacrifice fly to cut the Wolfpack lead to 9-4, but another three-run inning in the bottom of the eighth put the game on ice. Riggins drove in the inning's first run with a single through the right side of the infield, and Gianis drove in two more with a single to center field.

    The Wolfpack led the first game of the doubleheader 5-2 after six innings, but Florida State rallied for three in the seventh to tie the game, then won it on Rafael Lopez's two-run double with two out in the top of the eighth.

    The Seminoles took a 1-0 lead in the second when Jayce Boyd stole home on ball four to Parker Brunelle. Gonzalez, who was on first, had broken for second on the pitch, and Wolfpack catcher Pratt Maynard mistakenly threw to second base. Boyd was safe on the return throw to the plate.

    Ciencin drove in Riggins with a groundout in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game, but Gonzalez singled home Mike McGee in the top of the sixth to give FSU a 2-1 lead.

    Tarran Senay put the Wolfpack on top 3-2 lead with a long two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth, and Chris Diaz added a two-run single later in the inning to make it 5-2.

    James Ramsey, who had five hits on the afternoon, tied the game at 5-5 with a three-run homer in the top of the seventh, and Lopez won it with his two-run double in the eighth.

    Ethan Ogburn (5-3) took the loss after allowing two runs on one hit, the Ramsey homer, in 1 1/3 innings. Brian Busch (5-2) got the win for the Seminoles with 1 2/3 innings of shutout relief. Daniel Bennett scattered three hits around the final four outs to record his 11th save of the year.

    NC State will return to action on Tuesday in the final home game of the 2011 season. The opponent will be William & Mary and game time will be 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.

    Live stats will be available on Gametracker. Just click the Gametracker icon on the baseball schedule page on GoPack.com.

    As always, please visit GoPack.com regularly for full coverage of all NC State athletics news and events.


     

     

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