May 19, 2011
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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Brett Williams had four hits Thursday, Harold Riggins drove in three runs, and Ethan Ogburn took a shutout into the sixth to lift NC State past Boston College 9-4 at Shea Field.
The game was the first of a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series, and the victory lifted the Wolfpack to 31-23 overall and 13-15 in the ACC. NC State has won three games in a row and five of its last seven. Boston College dropped to 17-31 overall and 7-20 in the conference.
NC State actually won twice Thursday, beating both the Eagles and the weatherman, who called for rain and said the game might not be played at all. The final three innings did take place in a steady to heavy downpour, but the Wolfpack took control of the game early, scoring four in the first inning and two more in the second. The rain started in the seventh and the only question after that was whether the game would be suspended as a green, yellow and red blob crawled across the local radar screen towards Chestnut Hill.
Andrew Lawrence (2-3) started for BC but could not find the strike zone. He was lifted after allowing a hit, walking three and hitting a batter. He recorded just one out. Riggins drove in the first two runs with a first-pitch double to left-center, scoring Williams and Pratt Maynard. Riggins eventually scored on a passed ball, and Cameron Conner later walked and scored on an RBI groundout.
Williams doubled home Chris Diaz to open the second inning, and Williams later scored on a groundout by Riggins to give the Wolfpack a 6-0 lead. Tarran Senay walked with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth to make it 7-0.
Ogburn (6-3), meanwhile, had one of his best starts of the season. He retired the first 10 Boston College hitters of the game, then pitched around an infield single in the fourth inning by Matt McGovern and a one-out single up the middle by Brad Zapenas in the fifth.
Those were the only two baserunners Ogburn allowed through five innings, but the Eagles rallied for two runs in the bottom of the sixth on RBI singles by Garret Smith and Marc Perdios.
John Gianis led off the top of the seventh and was hit by a pitch, went to second on Chris Diaz's sacrifice bunt, went to third on an infield single by Maynard, and scored on a wild pitch.
Ogburn pitched to one batter in the bottom of the seventh before being lifted for reliever Nick Rice. Ogburn allowed two runs on six hits. He struck out four without issuing a walk.
With steady rain coming down, the Eagles rallied for two more runs in the bottom of the eighth on a double to left by Perdios and a run-scoring wild pitch by Rice.
NC State added a run in the top of the ninth. Matt Bergquist led off with a walk, went around to third on a pair of wild pitches from reliever Matt Brazis, and scored on Williams' fourth hit of the game, a single to the hole between shortstop and third base.
NC State and Boston College are scheduled to play the second game of this three-game series Friday at 1:30 p.m., weather permitting. The game will be broadcast live on WKNC-FM (88.1) and will be available on-line 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.
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