May 21, 2011
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Rob Chamra took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and Matt Bergquist drove in three runs Saturday to lead NC State past Boston College 6-1 in the final game of a three-game series at Shea Field.
NC State, which swept the series, finishes the regular season 33-23 overall and an even 15-15 in the ACC. The Wolfpack went 23-13 overall and 14-10 in the conference after beginning the year 10-10 and 1-5. Boston College finishes the season 17-33 overall and 7-22 in the ACC.
After scoring six runs the first three innings Thursday and eight on Friday, the Wolfpack had to wait until the fourth to take the early lead in the series finale. Pratt Maynard led off the fourth with a single to left and Harold Riggins walked. Tarran Senay tried to bunt the runners up a base, but bunted the ball right back to Laufer in front of the mound. Laufer threw to third to retire Maynard for the first out of the inning, but later moved the runners to second and third on his own with a wild pitch and then hit Andrew Ciencin with a pitch to load the bases with one away.
Danny Canela was up next and hit a sharp ground ball up the middle that appeared destined to go into center field. Instead, second baseman Matt Hamlet made a great diving stop and scooped the ball with his glove to shortstop Brad Zapenas to force Ciencin. Canela just beat Zapenas’s relay throw to first, however, allowing Riggins to score the game’s first run. Bergquist made it 3-0 with a double off the wall in left.
Those three runs were charged to starter Dave Laufer (0-2), who worked 3 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on three hits.
The Wolfpack added to its lead with three more runs in the top of the sixth. With one down against reliever Nate Bayuk, Cameron Conner pinch-hit for Senay and singled to left. Ciencin lined a double past third base and into the left-field corner, putting runners on second and third. Bayuk intentionally walked Canela to load the bases, and BC coach Mike Gambino went to his bullpen for Kyle Prohovich. Bergquist hit a sacrifice fly to right to drive in Conner, and Ciencin and Canela both moved up a base when catcher Jim Laufer couldn’t handle the throw to the plate and was charged with an error. John Gianis cashed in the two runs with a single up the middle, giving Chamra a 6-0 lead.
Chamra cruised through five innings and took a no-hitter into the sixth before running into trouble. Chamra retired 12 of the first 14 men he faced and 13 of 16 through five innings. He faced just one over the minimum through the first five innings. He aided his cause by picking off a runner and inducing a double play.
The Eagles finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth on singles by Zapenas and Tom Bourdon, and a run-scoring groundout by Matt McGovern. Chamra (8-2) worked 5 2/3 innings and allowed just the one run on two hits. He walked three and did not record a strikeout.
NC State starting pitching was dominant throughout the series, working 19 1/3 innings and allowing just three runs on 11 hits, striking out 15 and walking just three. Chamra, Cory Mazzoni and Ethan Ogburn each recorded a win in the series and had a combined 1.40 ERA.
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