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    Cory Mazzoni had his most dominant performance of the season Friday, shutting down Boston College on three hits.
    Cory Mazzoni had his most dominant performance of the season Friday, shutting down Boston College on three hits.
     

    May 20, 2011

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    CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Cory Mazzoni overwhelmed the Boston College offense Friday, allowing just three hits in eight shutout innings to lead NC State past the Eagles 10-0 in the second game of a three-game series at Shea Field.

    NC State, which has won the first two games of the series, won its fourth game in a row and improved to 32-23 overall and 14-15 in the ACC. The Eagles fell to 17-32 overall and 7-21 in the conference.

    Usually matched against the opposing team’s best pitcher, as he was on Friday, Mazzoni (4-6) has not been blessed with the best run support this season, but his teammates jumped all over BC ace John Leonard, scoring a run in the first on Tarran Senay’s RBI single, and two more in the second on the first of two two-run singles by Brett Williams. The Wolfpack then tacked on five runs in the third on RBI hits by Danny Canela and Matt Bergquist, and a two-run single by Pratt Maynard. The other run in the inning scored when Eagles third baseman John Hennessy misplayed Andrew Ciencin’s ground ball for an error.

    Leonard (4-7) was gone after three innings. He gave up eight runs on 10 hits, walked one and struck out two.

    An 8-0 lead was an embarrassment of riches, given the way Mazzoni was pitching. He retired the first five BC hitters before Mike Sudol hit a single to left field. Sudol made the mistake of trying to stretch his hit into a double and Senay cut him down at second to end the inning.

    Mazzoni then retired the next 11 consecutive hitters before Tom Bourdon hit a two-out single in the sixth. Mazzoni struck out Spenser Payne to end that threat and then set down the next four Boston College batters before Anthony Melchinoda led off the eighth with a booming double over the head of Williams in center field.

    With Melchionda on second and none out, Mazzoni struck out Jim Laufer, Hennessy and Brad Zapenas in order to end the threat. Mazzoni faced just one hitter over the minimum through seven innings, and allowed just one runner — Melchionda in the eighth — to reach scoring position through eight. For the game, he retired 23 of the 26 batters he faced.

    Mazzoni was done after the eighth. He struck out 11 and did not walk a batter. He reached double figures in strikeouts for the sixth time in 2011, the most double-figure strikeout games in a single season by an NC State pitcher in at least 15 years.

    In his last four starts, Mazzoni is 1-1 with a 2.43 ERA. He has struck out 40 while walking just five in 29 2/3 innings. For the season, he has struck out 116 in 99 2/3 innings, an average of 10.47 strikeouts per nine innings. He ranks second in the ACC in strikeouts.

    NC State added two final runs in the top of the seventh on another two-run single by Williams, who is 6-for-11 with six RBIs in the first two games of the series.

    NC State and Boston College are scheduled to play the final game of this three-game series Saturday at noon, 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.

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


     

     

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