Baseball Falls to Elon, 5-3
RALEIGH, N.C. Cory Harrilchak went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs, and J.D. Reichenbach worked 6 1/3 strong innings Wednesday to lift Elon to a 5-3 victory over NC State at Doak Field at Dail Park.
Elon won for the fourth time in its last five games and the fifth time in its last seven to improve to 9-5 on the season. The loss dropped the Wolfpack to 10-9.
The Phoenix took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning off starter and loser Zak Sinclair (1-1). Zeth Stone reached on a force play and Bennet Davis took a one-out walk. Mike Melillo hit a grounder in the hole between first and second. Second baseman Kyle Wilson got to the ball, but his throw to second was high and went into shallow left field. Stone scored on the play, with Davis taking third and Melillo second. Chase Austin walked to load the bases and Sinclair avoided further damage by inducing Dallas Tarleton to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Dallas Poulk beat out a one-out slow roller to second base in the bottom of the first, then scored all the way from first to tie the game at 1-1 when Drew Poulk doubled off the wall in left-center field.
The Phoenix came right back with a run in the top of the second. Justin Hilt led off and hit a ball over the head of Devon Cartwright in center field, all the way to the warning track. Hilt legged it out for a triple and scored on Ryan Adams’s sacrifice fly to center field to give Elon a 2-1 lead.
Sinclair was gone after two innings, having allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits. He walked two and struck out one. Junior lefty Alex Sogard came in to pitch in the top of the third, and after a scoreless third inning Elon touched Sogard for three in the top of the fourth. Patrick Irvine and Adams drew one-out walks and Harrilchak hit a three-run home run that hit the top of the wall in right field before bouncing over. That gave Elon and Reichenbach a 5-1 lead.
NC State shaved two runs off the lead in the bottom of the seventh when Pat Ferguson reached on an error by Adams at first base and a long two-run homer by Chris Schaeffer. That was the end of the night for Reichenbach (2-0), who allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits in 6 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out four. Harrilchak came out of center field to work 1 2/3 perfect innings, and Thomas Girdwood picked up his fifth save by tossing a scoreless ninth inning.
NC State returns to action this weekend with a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series at Wake Forest. Game times are 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. on Sunday. All three games will be broadcast live on WKNC-FM (88.1) and on-line at gopack.com on the Pack Pass package.