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    Pack Stays in Divisional Hunt, Wins 5-2

    May 16, 2013

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    SCHEDULING NOTE: Friday's game still scheduled for 6 p.m., Saturday's moved up to 12 p.m.

    Top Performers: Jake Fincher (3-for-4, R, BB), Brad Stone (Sv, 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K)
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    DURHAM, N.C. - Freshman lefthander Brad Stone cruised through the final three innings to help No. 5 NC State claim a 5-2 win on Thursday night at Duke.

    The Wolfpack (40-13, 17-10 ACC) raced ahead 3-0 in the first thanks to a two-RBI triple by Brett Williams. Duke (26-27, 9-19) cut that deficit to 3-1 in the second. The two sides traded runs in the fourth to make it 4-2. State added an insurance run in the seventh to set the final at 5-2.

    For the first time under NC State head coach Elliott Avent, the Pack recorded its 40th win during the regular season. With two conference games left to play, the Wolfpack has a shot at tying the program’s ACC wins record of 19, set in 2012. The win, coupled with an 8-2 victory by Clemson over Florida State, pulls the Pack within 1/2  game of the Atlantic Division lead, trailing both Clemson and Florida State at 18-10.

    Williams added a single to his first inning triple to finish 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a walk. Jake Fincher submitted a 3-for-4 performance with a run, and improved to 51-for-53 on reaching base at least once in games this season. Bryan Adametz extended his hitting streak to 10 games on a 1-for-3 night with a run socred. Grant Clyde contributed a 2-for-4 effort with two runs.

    Stone claimed his first career save by navigating the final three innings while holding the Blue Devils scoreless with one hit and one walk, striking out three. Reliever Ryan Wilkins (6-2) scored the win on 3 2/3 innings, allowing one earned while fanning five. Starter Ethan Ogburn gave up one unearned run over 2 1/3.

    Duke starter Robert Huber (5-7) claimed the loss on four earned over the first three innings. Nick Hendrix worked the next 3 1/3, allowing one earned. Sarkis Ohanian held the Wolfpack scoreless over the final 2 2/3 frames.

    The Wolfpack wasted no time in taking command, scoring three runs in the top of the first. Fincher knocked a one-out single through the left side to get the rally started and advanced to second on a wild pitch during the next at-bat. After a pop up for the second out, Tarran Senay singled to center field to drive in the game’s first run. Clyde followed with a single up the middle, setting the table for Williams to triple down the right field line.

    Duke answered in the bottom of the second when Chris Marconcini singled to right field as the leadoff. A fielding error moved him to second and a wild pitch advanced him to third. After a walk loaded the bases, Kenny Koplove lifted a sac fly to center to make it 3-1 but Ogburn recovered with a swinging strikeout and a pop up to second to end the threat.

    Adametz led off the fourth with a walk, and moved to third on Sam Morgan’s double down the right field line. A hit batsman loaded the bases with nobody out. Trea Turner sent a sac fly to right to push the Pack ahead 4-1.

    Duke responded with a run in the bottom fourth after Aaron Cohn was hit by a pitch as the leadoff. A fielder’s choice got Cohn at second, but allowed Grant McCabe to reach. Koplove singled to center to push him into scoring position for Reed Anthes’ double off the top of the wall in left. The towering fly ball glanced off of the high wall in left, scoring the first run easily but Koplove overran the bag at third, allowing Adametz to throw behind him for the second out. A called strike three ended the inning on the next at-bat.

    State added an insurance run in the seventh, started by Clyde’s single through the right side and Williams’ bunt single. Adametz bunted both runners into scoring position with one out. Carlos Rodon pinch hit and sent a grounder to first to plate Clyde and stretch the Wolfpack lead to 5-2.

    NC State returns to action on Friday at 6 p.m. at Durham Bulls Athletic Park for game two of its series with the Blue Devils. Saturday’s game has been moved to a 12 p.m. start due to impending weather. Radio coverage for both games will be handled by 88.1 WKNC. Fans can also follow along with live stats on GoPack.com, or on Twitter via @NCStateBaseball.


     

     

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