NC State To Play Princeton, Davidson In Midweek Action
March 17, 2003
RALEIGH, N.C. - Riding a 13-game winning streak, the NC State baseball team has added a game to the schedule and will take on Princeton today at 3 p.m. at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C. The game with Princeton was added to make up for one of three rainouts the Wolfpack has endured thus far this season.
The Wolfpack will travel to Grainger Stadium in Kinston, N.C., on Tuesday to play Davidson. Game time for that game is 7 p.m.
NC State defeated Princeton 8-2 on Sunday at Five County Stadium in Zebulon to wrap up a four-game weekend that also included a 4-3 win over Oklahoma State on Friday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, a 3-1 win over Old Dominion and a 6-2 decision over UNC Wilmington on Saturday at Five County Stadium.
Playing four games in three days at minor league parks did not go particularly well for the Wolfpack offense, which scored 21 runs in the four games, and batted just .223, but the pitching staff continued to dominate the competition, allowing just eight runs and five earned runs in the four games. Wolfpack pitchers allowed 23 hits in 36 innings, walked nine and struck out 42. The staff ERA for the weekend was 1.25.
Pitching has been the prevailing theme during NC State's 13-game winning streak, especially the starting pitching. As a whole, the pitching staff's ERA during the 13-game streak is 1.92, but the starters have been even better, winning 12 of the 13 games and posting a phenomenal 1.79 ERA. Wolfpack starters have pitched 95-2/3 innings during the streak and allowed 68 hits, walked 24 and struck out 101. Opposing hitters are batting just .204 against the Wolfpack's starters.
During the winning streak, NC State starters have pitched three complete games and have gone into at least the seventh inning in nine games. In 12 of the 13 games, the starting pitcher has pitched at least six innings. Only once has a starter given up more than three earned runs in a start during the streak (three runs allowed by Vern Sterry in a 4-3 win over The Citadel in Wilson on March 11).
Lefthander David Hicks (1-0, 2.00) will make his second start of the season on Monday against Princeton. Hicks defeated VMI 9-4 on March 12, allowing just two runs on five hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out seven.
Lefty Brandon Shipwash (1-0, 5.40) is the scheduled starter for Tuesday vs. Davidson. Shipwash was forced into an emergency start on March 8 vs. Marshall at Clayton High School, and got credit for the win in an ugly 18-10 victory for the Pack. Shipwash allowed just two runs on seven hits in six innings. He walked four and struck out five.
Ticket pricing for the Wolfpack's games in Kinston will be set by the host Kinston Indians, and are as follows: $6 for box seats, $5 for grandstand seats, and $4 for general admission/bleacher seating. Students with ID will be admitted free, and youth 17 and under will be admitted for $2 apiece.