DURHAM, N.C. - NC State stayed perfect through two games of the ACC Tournament by dropping Miami 7-1 on Friday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park to pull within one win of advancing to the title game.
The Wolfpack (44-13) scored four runs in the top of the second to break a scoreless tie. Miami (35-23) answered by loading the bases in the third, but had to settle for one run. The Pack scored once in the fifth and again in the sixth to stretch the lead to 6-1. State added an insurance run in the ninth to set the final margin at 7-1.
The win eliminates Clemson and Miami from championship contention. Regardless of North Carolina's outcome on Friday, the winner of Saturday's NC State-UNC showdown at 7 p.m. will advance to Sunday's championship game at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
Bryan Adametz extended the ACC's longest active hitting streak to 14 games with a tremendous 3-for-5 effort. Adametz drove in a pair, scored once and provided the Pack's only extra-base hit of the contest with his 13th double of the season.
NC State starter Logan Jernigan took a no decision after a strong four-inning effort, holding Miami to one earned on four hits while striking out a pair. For the 28th time in 44 wins this season, the Wolfpack bullpen secured the victory as Andrew Woeck (6-1) held the Hurricanes hitless for the next three innings. Ryan Wilkins pitched a perfect eighth. Chris Overman held the Canes to one hit in the ninth.
Miami starter Chris Diaz (6-5) ended up with the loss on six runs, three earned, on eight hits and four walks over the first six innings. The Hurricanes utilized three more pitchers on the afternoon, each going one inning to combine for one earned on three hits.
NC State hit paydirt in the second inning, scoring four runs without hitting a ball out of the infield. Senay led off the inning with a walk on four pitches. Clyde followed him with a bunt single. Williams bunted the pair into scoring position for the first out. A one hopper back to the mound helped Miami nab the lead runner for the second out.
With runners on the corners, Armstrong legged out an infield single on the first base side to drive in the first run of the ballgame. Ratledge reached on an error at second on a groundball to short which scored another. Turner knocked a bouncer up the middle, smothered by Miami's shortstop, to drive in the next two runs and put the Pack ahead 4-0.
Jernigan worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the third. Tyler Palmer singled up the middle to lead off the inning, but was thrown out attempting to steal second. The next three batters reached on a walk, a single through the right side and a single to center to load the bases with one out. Brad Fieger walked to score Miami's lone run of the game. Jernigan induced a fly to shallow left and a grounder to second to escape the inning.
Clyde started a two-out rally in the NC State fifth with a walk. Williams followed with a walk of his own to put two on for Adametz, who singled to right to make it 5-1.
In the Miami fifth, a pair of walks put two on with nobody out and chased Jernigan from the game. Woeck entered and induced a bouncer to third. Clyde stepped on third and fired to Ratledge to complete the double play. Ratledge turned and threw to first, looking for an around-the-horn triple play, but the throw reached first a fraction late.
Another Wolfpack run scored in the sixth, started by Ratledge's leadoff single to left. Turner singled to third before Fincher bunted the pair into scoring position with one away. Brett Austin's sac fly to right scored the tagging Ratledge to stretch the lead to 6-1.
Williams reached with two outs in the ninth on a roller to third that stopped in fair territory, then scored on Adametz's double to right to set the final at 7-1.
NC State returns to action on Saturday night at 7 p.m. against North Carolina on RSN, carried locally by FSCarolinas and Fox Sports South. Radio coverage will be handled by 88.1 WKNC. Fans can also follow along with live stats on GoPack.com, or on Twitter via @NCStateBaseball.