Stony Brook Eliminates Pack from NCAA Regional, 6-2
BY TIM PEELER
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – NC State's stay in the NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional didn't make it out of the first inning.
The Wolfpack, for the first time since 1999, did not win a game in the double-elimination format, falling Saturday afternoon to Stony Brook 6-2 in an elimination game at BB&T Coastal Field.
It was the first NCAA regional victory in Stony Brook school history.
The Seawolves, clearly comfortable playing within three miles of the Atlantic Ocean, jumped on NC State starter Anthony Tzamtzis early in the top half of the first inning, getting a lead-off double from Pat Cantwell. Tzamtzis hit both Chad Marshall and Stephen Marino to load the bases and walked Robert Dyer to drive in the first run of the game.
Michael Stephen followed with a two-run single and Tanner Nivins drove in a run with a double. Tzamtzis recorded only one out before being pulled following Nivins' double. Tzamtzis, a freshman from Miami, was making the first start of his career after 20 relief appearances this season.
"We thought he was the guy," NC State head coach Elliott Avent said. "He's a velocity guy. After watching Stony Brook play against Coastal Carolina [Friday], we thought velocity would beat them.
"He got off to a rough start."
Sophomore Vance Williams came on to pitch for the Wolfpack, allowing back-to-back run scoring singles, to give Stony Brook a 6-0 lead. Williams, however, settled down and retired nine consecutive batters and did not allow a run in his 5 2/3 innings of relief work.
"You try to shut down the rally and keep your team in the game," Williams said. "Our bats have been really good all year long and I thought if I could just keep us in the game, eventually our bats would take over.
"Unfortunately, it didn't work out like that."
The Seawolves did not score again after the first inning, though they threatened in the eighth. But both Drew Poulk and John Gianis threw out base runners from the outfield, Poulk preventing a double with a throw to second from right field and Gianis saving a run with his throw to the plate from left field.
But, similar to Friday night's game against Charleston, the Wolfpack could not overcome the early deficit. State's offense scored single runs in the second and fifth, but managed only six hits against Stony Brook starter Tyler Johnson in his eight innings on the mound. The sophomore right-hander threw 119 pitches before he was relieved by freshman designated hitter William Carmona in the ninth inning.
"Their guy threw strikes and was very effective," Avent said. "He is a sinker-baller, change-up guy. He was the one guy we didn't want to see. They got him a good lead in the first inning and we had trouble getting going against him.
"When they brought in their velocity guy, I thought we had a chance."
But after allowing singles to Gianis and Danny Canela, Carmona allowed two long fly balls and a grounder to end the game.
It was only the second time all season the high-scoring Pack scored fewer than three runs in a game. The only other time was a shutout loss at Miami.
The Wolfpack ends its season with a 38-24 final record and says good-bye to six seniors: Dallas Poulk, Drew Poulk, Kyle Wilson, Alex Sogard, Bill Edwards and John Lambert.
"I told those [six seniors] I will remember them and the leadership they displayed all season long," Avent said. "I will use them as a benchmark for how leadership should be with seniors. The way they handled adversity throughout their careers has allowed us to grow as a team.
"This team has given NC State everything they could have and we have grown throughout the season and gotten so much better. I am really proud of this team."
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