March 28, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. -- After its most successful week of the 2011 season, NC State's schedule will slow down as the Pack plays just four games this week, taking on UNC Greensboro in Greensboro on Tuesday before hosting Wake Forest over the weekend.
Game time between NC State (14-11) and UNCG (14-8) is 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on WKNC-FM (88.1) and will be available on-line on GoPack.com's All-Access package. Live stats will be available on Gametracker. Just click the Gametracker icon on the baseball schedule page on GoPack.com.
In addition, there will be live videostreaming of the game available free of charge. Click here to access the free webcast of Tuesday's NC State-UNC Greensboro game.
Sophomore righthander Ethan Ogburn (1-2, 6-06) will get the start for the Wolfpack. Ogburn has made six appearances, including three starts, and has pitched 16 1/3 innings. In his last appearance, March 23 vs. Northwestern, Ogburn allowed one run on three hits in four innings and got credit for his first win of the season when the Wolfpack rallied for three runs in the eighth inning for an 8-7 victory.
Junior lefthander Jonathan Jones (0-0, 1.93) will start for UNCG. He has made 10 appearances this season, eight out of the bullpen, and has allowed five runs on 13 hits in 23 1/3 innings.
NC State vs. UNC Greensboro, The Series
NC State holds a 21-6 record in the series with UNCG, including a 13-3 record since Elliott Avent became the Wolfpack's head coach in 1997. The Spartans have won three of the last five meetings between the two schools, however, and the Wolfpack has not won at the UNCG Baseball Stadium since an 11-6 victory in 2005. NC State has dropped three straight there since then.
Who's Hot For The Wolfpack
The NC State offense began to heat up last week as the Wolfpack won four of five games, its best week of the 2011 season. Several players had big weeks offensively.
Matt Bergquist shook off a slow start to the season last week by hitting .400 (6-for-15) in five games, with four doubles, six runs scored and four RBIs. Pratt Maynard, who has hit consistently all season, did so last week as well, hitting .400 with a homer, three RBIs and seven walks. Maynard is hitting .355 (11-for-31) in his last nine games and a team-best .344 for the season.
John Gianis batted .368 (7-for-19) last week and is hitting .375 (9-for-24) in his last six games. Harold Riggins batted .333 (6-for-18) for the week with a homer and five RBIs. Andrew Ciencin went 6-for-20 (.300) last week, homering once and driving in five runs.
A Nice Week For The Bullpen
One of the reasons NC State went 4-1 last week was excellent work out of the bullpen, which was 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA and two saves in the five games. Chris Overman, Rob Chamra and Ethan Ogburn each picked up a win in relief, and Overman and Grant Sasser notched saves.
Overman pitched twice during the week, and retired 16 of the 17 men he faced in 5 1/3 innings of work, including a perfect 1 2/3 innings Saturday vs. Clemson for his first college save.
Chamra got the win in the second Clemson game, working five hitless innings before a one-out single in the eighth inning knocked him out of the game in favor of Overman, who slammed the door to preserve the win for Chamra.
Vance Williams worked 2 2/3 scoreless innings Sunday vs. Clemson, and now has allowed just six runs, five earned, on 15 hits in 25 innings dating back to last year's NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional, a 1.80 ERA in that time.
Ogburn got the win in the second game of the two-game Northwestern series, allowing just one run on three hits in four innings.
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