Avent Ties Esposito On Poulk's Walk-Off Bomb, 6-5
RALEIGH, N.C. - Drew Poulk homered leading off the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday night to lift NC State past Towson 6-5 in the second game of a three-game non-ACC series at Doak Field at Dail Park. The victory is the 513th of Wolfpack head coach Elliott Avent’s career, tying him with Sam Esposito as the winningest coach in program history.
Drew Poulk went 3-for-5 with a home run, a triple and three RBIs to pace the NC State offense. The Wolfpack, which won for the fourth time in its last five games,
improved to 30-18. The Tigers fell to 16-33. Anthony Tzamtzis (4-2) picked up the win for the Wolfpack after working 1 2/3 innings. He allowed one run on four hits, one walk and two strikeouts. The loss goes to Drew Permison (4-4) who allowed just one run, the Drew Poulk homer, in 1 1/3 innings of relief.
Towson jumped on the board early with a 1-0 lead. Ben Winter doubled down the third-base line to start the game. Steve Yarsinsky hit a two-out double to left to score Winter.
NC State countered in the bottom of the first to take a 2-1 lead. Pratt Maynard walked. Andrew Ciencin grounded out to the pitcher, advancing Maynard to second. Maynard went to third when Towson starter Michael Trionfo threw a wild pitch. Harold Riggins walked and advanced to second on Trionfo’s second wild pitch of the inning. Drew Poulk singled to left field to drive in Maynard and Riggins.
Towson regained the lead 3-2 in the top of the second. Steve Rice hit a one-out double off the right-center-field wall. Austin Harclerode singled to right field with Rice scoring from second when Wolfpack catcher Chris Schaeffer dropped the throw home for an error. Harclerode stole second and Kurt Wertz walked. A double-steal advanced the runners to second and third, and Harclerode scored when Schaeffer’s throw to third bounced for an error.
The Wolfpack tied the score in its half of the second 3-3. Tarran Senay tripled to left and John Gianis grounded out to first to drive in Senay.
NC State retook the lead 4-3 in the bottom of the third. Maynard reached on a error by first baseman Cody Reeves and advanced to second when Ciencin grounded out to third. Riggins singled up the middle to drive in Maynard with the go-ahead run.
The Pack extended its lead to 5-3 in the fourth. Senay doubled to left and Matt Bergquist grounded out to second to advance Senay to third. Senay scored on Dallas Poulk’s double to left-center.
Towson second baseman Chris Wychock homered to left off Wolfpack reliever Grant Sasser in the top of the eighth narrowing the Wolfpack lead to 5-4.
The Tigers tied the score at 5-5 in the top of the ninth. After striking out the first batter of the inning, Sasser was pulled in favor of Anthony Tzamtzis and Wyman reached when his ground ball took a tricky hop past Matt Bergquist at shortstop.. Natoli tripled to right to score Wyman.
Permison allowed a one-out walk to Maynard in the bottom of the ninth, but escaped without allowing a run. Drew Poulk hit Persimon’s first pitch in the bottom of the 10th well over the wall in left-center to end it at 6-5.
NC State plays the final game of the series vs. Towson on Sunday. Game time is 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on WKNC-FM and on-line at gopack.com.