Baseball Completes Sweep of Hofstra
RALEIGH, N.C. NC State put crooked numbers all over the scoreboard Friday, scoring three runs in an inning twice and four runs in an inning twice to hand Hofstra a 15-2 defeat in the second game of a doublheader at Doak Field at Dail Park. NC State won the opener 8-2.
Chris Schaeffer had three hits and drove in a pair of runs, and Drew Martin and Domonique Rodgers drove in three runs apiece to pace the Wolfpack offense. Kyle Rutter (1-0), the second of four pitcher for the Pack, picked up the win with two shutout innings. He allowed a hit and walked two while recording one strikeout.
NC State scored early and often, taking a 3-0 lead after two innings and 7-0 after three. Martin hit a two-run double in the second, followed by an RBI single by Wade Moore, and Harold Riggins, Schaeffer and Martin each had run-scoring singles in the third. A fourth run scored in the third on a wild pitch.
Pratt Maynard led off the fifth with a double to left, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly from Riggins to make it 8-0.
The Pack added three more in the seventh. Schaeffer drove in a run with an RBI single, Cameron Conner singled home a run and Dusty Quattlebaum drove home a run when he grounded into a force play.
Hofstra finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the eighth. Mark Prokopowicz led off with a double and scored Jim Best’s grounder to second was booted for an error.
NC State responded with four in the bottom of the inning. Maynard led off with a towering homer to right, and Rodgers came off the bench with the bases loaded and unloaded a three-run double down the right-field line.
Hofstra added one more run in the top of the ninth. Mark Stuckless and Dion Pouncil walked with two out and Matt Prokopowicz was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Chris Mentrasti singled to right to drive in a run, but Pouncil was thrown out at home plate to end the game.
NC State and Hofstra are scheduled to play Saturday at 12 noon, weather permitting. The game will be broadcast on WKNC-FM (88.1) and on gopack.com on the Pack Pass package.