Baseball Stops BC 10-1 Behind Brackman, Pond
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Ryan Pond homered and drove in four runs and Andrew Brackman pitched seven strong innings Saturday as NC State defeated Boston College for the second day in a row, 10-1 at Shea Field. The game was the second of a three-game Atlantic Coast Confernce series.
The Wolfpack, which won its fourth game in a row and its 10th time in the last 12 games, improved to 21-8 overall and 7-4 in the ACC. The Eagles fell to 7-13-1 and 4-7. Brackman (5-2) got better the deeper into the game he went, setting down 22 of the last 28 men he faced and allowing just two runners to reach scoring position after the first inning. For the game, he allowed one run on four hits, walked three and struck out seven. BC starter Nick Asselin (1-2) took the loss after allowing seven runs on six hits in just two innings of work. He walked three and struck out one.
Pond only had one hit in five at-bats, a home run, but tied his season-high with four RBIs. Caleb Mangum went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs. Johnny Ayers went 3-for-3 and scored Boston College’s only run on the front end of a double steal in the first inning.
The game picked up where Friday’s left off, with a BC pitcher – Asselin – walking NC State batters. Joe Florio and Ramon Corona led off the game with walks, and Jeremy Synan made it 1-0 with a double down the right-field line. Pond grounded to shortstop to drive in Corona and Pat Ferguson grounded to shortstop to move Synan to third. Mangum drove Synan home wth a single up the middle to make it 3-0
The Eagles bounced back in the bottom of the inning. Brackman got it started by hitting Ayers leading off the game with a pitch and walking Ryan Hutchinson. Brackman struck out Jared McGuire, but Ayers stole third during the at-bat, and Ayers and Hutchinson then pulled the double-steal, with Ayers scoring and Hutchinson taking second. Tony Sanchez drew a walk to put runners on first and second, but Brackman got out of the jam when Eric Campbell grounded into a double play.
Florio drew a one-out walk in the top of the second, and Asselin hit Synan with a pitch to put runners on first and second with two out. Pond made it 6-1 with a three-run home run down the left-field line. Ferguson followed with a double off the wall in right field and scored on Mangum’s single through the right side.
Nate Jeanes came in to pitch for the Eagles in the top of the third and mowed the Wolfpack down for five innings, retiring 15 of the first 16 men he faced, seven of them on strikes. NC State finally got to him in the top of the eighth. Mangum led off with a double to left field, and Mike Roskopf singled through the right side. Tommy Foschi pinch-hit for Dallas Poulk and laid down a perfectly placed squeeze bunt to the right side of the mound. Jeanes was unable to make a play on Foschi as Mangum scored to make it 8-1. Drew Martin singled to left to load the bases, and Roskopf scored when Matt Payne pinch-hit and grounded to third, with Foschi forced at third base. Marcus Jones’s two-out single up the middle scored Martin from second with the third run of the inning to give the Wolfpack a 10-1 lead.
NC State and Boston College will play the final game of this weekend’s series on Sunday at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on WKNC, 88.1 FM, and will be available on-line on gopack.com through Pack Pass.