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    Wolfpack Falls 6-2 in Rubber Match at No. 1 Florida State
     
    Ryan Mathews
    Ryan Mathews
     

    May 19, 2012

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    TALLAHASSEE, FLA. - No. 13 NC State fell 6-2 to top-ranked Florida State, Saturday at Dick Howser Stadium. The loss snaps a string of five-consecutive weekend series wins for the Wolfpack.

    State fell behind 6-0, its largest deficit since March 9 after the Noles put three runs on the board in the first two innings, and added three more in the fourth. Mathews homer cut the lead to four, but that was all the Wolfpack could manage.

    Ryan Mathews homered for the third time in the series, his sixth in the last seven games, extending the ACC’s longest active hitting streak to 21 games. Mathews hit a two-run shot in the sixth inning to push across both Pack runs, on his way to 2-for-4 outing that included an infield single in the second. The senior from Orlando, Fla. claimed responsibility for eight of State’s 14 runs over the three-game set.  

    Chris Diaz put together a 2-for-3 effort with a double and walk. Jake Fincher had a pair of singles in a 2-for-4 game, finishing the series 6-for-12 with a run and a double. Danny Canela scored a run in a 1-for-4 performance.

    Wolfpack (38-15, 19-11 ACC) starter Anthony Tzamtzis (5-4) took the loss after giving up three earned over 1 2/3 innings. D.J. Thomas entered in the second and gave up two earned in 1 2/3. Vance Williams stemmed the tide with one earned over the next 3 2/3. Chris Overman looked sharp in the eighth, striking out a pair and holding the Seminoles (43-12, 24-6 ACC) hitless after inheriting two runners.

    Starter Mike Compton (10-1) notched the win for Florida State on six innings of work, allowing two earned on six hits. Luke Weaver (1) grabbed the save by shutting out the Pack over the final three frames with five strikeouts.

    Florida State crept ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the first with a patient approach. With one out, Devon Travis started a string of four-straight walked Seminole batters to bring in the first run. Josh Delph plated the second with a sac fly to left. The Noles added another in the second to make it 3-0 on Travis’s RBI double with two outs. Sherman Johnson scored from first on the play after reaching via walk.

    The Seminoles stretched the lead to 6-0 in the fourth. A pair of walks started the inning, followed by a fly to right to put runners on the corners and a hit batsman to load the bases. Delph drove in two runs with a hard hit grounder toward third that Trea Turner nearly smothered. John Nogowski grounded to the right side to plate the sixth run.

    The Pack chipped into the lead in the sixth on Mathews’s homer. Canela led off the inning by spraying a single to left on a 2-2 pitch. Mathews fell behind 1-2, but found a pitch he liked, driving it out of the park the opposite way to narrow the gap to 6-2.

    NC State trains its focus on the ACC Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. this week. The third-seeded Pack will meet sixth-seed Miami in its first game, game time will be announced Sunday at noon. Radio coverage for the entire ACC Tournament will be provided by 88.1 WKNC, fans can follow Twitter updates from @NCStateBaseball, and live stats will be available on GoPack.com.


     

     

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