Baseball On the Road Against In-State Foes
RALEIGH, N.C. - Coming off its first ACC series at No. 7 Clemson (13-1, 3-0 ACC), NC State (11-4, 0-3 ACC) will be on the road against North Carolina Central (0-14) and UNC Wilmington (8-7) in consecutive days.
NC State will take on North Carolina Central tomorrow in Durham, N.C. at 3 p.m. This is a change from the original start time of 6 p.m. Again, first pitch now is scheduled for 3 o'clock. The probable starting pitcher for the Pack is Mike Russo (0-0, 6.14). The Eagles have not announced a starter.
On Wednesday, March 17 the Wolfpack travel to Wilmington, N.C. to play the Seahawks at 6 p.m. The probable starter is Steven Davis (0-2, 9.00) for UNCW and TBA for the Pack. UNC Wilmington took care of Wake Forest 10-3 earlier in the season. Hunter Ridge leads the Seahawks with a .425 batting average. Grayson Evans has 14 RBIs in 14 games.
Through 15 games, the Wolfpack still has four players batting over .400 - Chris Schaeffer (.462), Kyle Wilson (.446), Andrew Ciencin (.426) and Dallas Poulk (.400). Da. Poulk leads the Pack with 26 RBIs, while Ciencin is right behind him with 24.
Jake Buchanan (2-1) has been solid with a 2.81 era. Coming in for relief six times Rob Chamra (3-0) leads the Pack with a 2.61 era.
Over the weekend the Pack was swept in a three-game series against Clemson.
In the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, Cory Mazzoni struggled allowing eight earned runs in 3 1/3 innings. The Pack came back to score 5 runs in the last two innings, but it was enough, losing 12-7. Andrew Ciencin went 4-4 and Chris Schaeffer went 3-4 with four RBIs.
The second game of the day saw NC State blow a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Tigers exploded for seven runs and ended up winning 12-7. Kyle Wilson went 4-4, while both Drew Poulk and Schaeffer hit home runs.
Clemson completed the sweep on Sunday with another come from behind victory in the bottom of the eighth. Up 6-5, the Wolfpack couldn't hold the lead, allowing two runs in the eighth and lost 7-6. Chris Diaz went 2-2 and had one RBI.