NC State Returns To Action Vs. Winthrop
March 25, 2003
RALEIGH, N.C. - After a two-day layoff, NC State's road warriors, also known as the Wolfpack baseball team, returns to action on Wednesday against Winthrop at Kinston's Grainger Stadium. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
NC State is coming off a big Atlantic Coast Conference series win this past weekend over Florida State, winning two of three games from the Seminoles. That lifted the Wolfpack to a 21-5 overall record, 2-1 in the ACC, and moved the Wolfpack up to No. 16 in the latest Collegiate Baseball poll. The Wolfpack swept a Saturday doubleheader from the Seminoles, 4-2 and 5-2, behind superb starting pitcher from Mike Rogers and Vern Sterry, airtight relief work from Jason Duncan and Joey Devine, and home runs from Justin Riley and Colt Morton, who belted three long balls in the twin-bill.
Florida State came back on Sunday to stop the Pack 3-1, snapping NC State's 16-game winning streak, but the Wolfpack will look to start a new streak on Wednesday against Winthrop (12-10) behind junior lefthander David Hicks (2-0, 3.86), who will be making his third start and his fourth overall appearance this season. Hicks has pitched 14 innings, allowed 17 hits, walked two and struck out 12. Hicks will be opposed by Chase Edwards (2-3, 4.94), who is Winthrop's Friday night starter. He has made six appearances, all starts, and has 31 innings, allowed 34 hits, walked seven and struck out 11.
Hicks's biggest test will come from third baseman David Scoggin, who is Winthrop's best run-producer. Scoggin is hitting .338 with five doubles, five home runs and 30 RBIs. He leads the team in home runs and RBIs. Right fielder Daniel Carte leads the team in hitting with a .386 average, and has a team-high 12 doubles, four home runs and 20 RBIs.
Morton, who was named ACC Player of the Week after his big weekend against the Seminoles, is hitting .283 with eight doubles, nine home runs and 23 RBIs. Morton snapped a 1-for-20 slump this past week, going 7-for-15 with a double, three homers and five RBIs.
Center fielder Marc Maynor leads the Pack in hitting with a .372 average. He has eight doubles and has scored 15 runs. Maynor was 6-for-10 in the Florida State series and has a four-game hitting streak. Freshman left fielder Matt Camp had a seven-game hitting streak snapped in the second game of the Florida State series, but still is hitting .353 (12-for-34) in his last nine games.