NC State Baseball Completes Sweep Of William & Mary, 6-3
RALEIGH, N.C. – Ryan Pond belted a two-run homer and Marcus Jones hit a two-run double Sunday to lead NC State to a 6-3 victory over William & Mary and a sweep of the Wolfpack’s three-game series with the Tribe at Doak Field at Dail Park. NC State is now 3-0 on the season, while William & Mary is 0-3.
Junior righthander Jeff Stallings (1-0) made his first start since April 15, 2005, and got the win with five solid innings of work. Stallings, who missed all of 2006 following elbow surgery, allowed three runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out four. Two of the three runs he allowed came about thanks to well-placed shallow fly balls that fell in just out of the reach of the defense. Junior righthander Eryk McConnell, making his first appearance as closer, slammed the door for his first save. McConnell pitched two scoreless innings, allowing no hits. He walked one and struck out two.
Freshman Kevin Landry (0-1) made his collegiate debut for the Tribe and took the loss after allowing six runs, five of them earned, on seven hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out seven.
Jones led the Wolfpack with three hits in four trips to the plate. Mike Roskopf had a pair of hits and drove in a run. Tim Park led the offense for William & Mary with two hits, an RBI and a run scored.
The Wolfpack drew first blood with an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning. Ramon Corona worked Landry for a one-out walk, then went to third on Roskopf’s two-out single to right. Corona came home when catcher Jeff Wera couldn’t handle a Landry pitch for a passed ball.
The Tribe came right back to tie the score in the top of the second. Park led off and hit a blooper into left field that got past Jeremy Synan and rolled to the wall for a double as Synan dived for the ball and missed. Stallings recovered to strike out Brent McWhorter, but Landon Stanfield beat out a bunt single to put runners on first and third with one away. Park wound up scoring on Wera’s infield groundout.
William & Mary took its first lead of the series in the top of the third. Greg Sexton got it started with a one-out single to center field. Stallings hit Mike Sheridan with a pitch to put runners on first and second. Greg Maliniak grounded to the right side of the infield, but no one covered first base when Ferguson made the diving stop, allowing Maliniak to reach with the infield single and loading the bases with one out. Park blooped a fly ball to shallow left field that fell into no man’s land for a single to drive in Sexton with the go-ahead run. McWhorter followed with a grounder to shortstop to force Park at second base. Corona, unable to make a relay to first in time to complete a double play there, instead fired to third base to catch Maliniak straying too far past the bag. Third baseman Joe Florio put the tag on Maliniak to end the inning, but Sheridan scored on the play to give the Tribe a 3-1 lead.
Pond tied the game at 3-3 with one swing of the bat in the bottom of the third, booming a long two-run homer to left and driving in Roskopf, who reached on a single.
Florio led off the bottom of the fifth and singled through the right side of the infield and stole second. Corona followed with an infield single, then stole second to put runners on first and third with none out. Roskopf broke the tie with an RBI-groundout. Pond walked and stole second to put runners on second and third again, and both runners scored easily on Jones’s two-run double down the left-field line, giving the Pack a 6-3 lead.
NC State will return to action next Friday, Saturday and Sunday against Gardner-Webb. Game times will be 3 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Friday and Saturday’s games will be broadcast live on WKNC-FM (88.1), and online at gopack.com. Sunday’s game will be available online only.