No. 18 Baseball Recovers, Defeats High Point, 4-2
RALEIGH, N.C. Tommy Foschi and Drew Martin, the bottom of the NC State batting order, combined to drive in three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, and four Wolfpack relievers combined on a six-hitter to lift the 18th-ranked Pack to a 4-2 victory over High Point on Sunday at Doak Field at Dail Park.
NC State, which won for the 18th time in its last 23 games, improved to 32-14 with the win. High Point fell to 18-25 with the loss. High Point won the opening game of the two-game series Saturday night, 9-6. The Wolfpack's victory on Sunday earned the Pack a split of the two-game series.
The three-run outburst made a winner of starter Eric Sogard (2-1). The redshirt-sophomore lefthander worked five innings, allowed one run on four hits, walked one and struck out five. Joey Cutler, Drew Taylor and Kyle Rutter pitched the final four innings and allowed a combined one unearned run on two hits.
Marcus Jones got the fourth started for NC State with a one-out infield single. Nick Stanley singled to right, sending Jones to third, and Foschi rolled a single through the left side of the infield to score Jones with the game’s first run. Foschi and Stanley pulled a double steal, forcing High Point to bring the infield in with runners on second and third and just one out, and Martin took advantage with a bloop single that barely reached the outfield grass. Both runners scored on the play, giving Sogard a 3-0 lead.
The three-run inning made a loser of Panthers starter Sean Murphy (1-2), who was charged with four runs in all on eight hits in six innings of work. He walked one and struck out two.
Kyle Mahoney got the Panthers on the scoreboard with an RBI single up the middle with two outs in the top of the fifth, but Matt Payne answered with a leadoff homer to left-center in the bottom half of the inning. High Point scored the final run of the game in the top of the sixth on an RBI single by Randy Schwartz.
NC State will return to action on Tuesday at Campbell. Game time is 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on WKNC-FM (88.1) and on-line at gopack.com through the Pack Pass package.