Oct. 21, 2012
Sparked by a dramatic eight-run inning in the bottom eighth, the Red team stormed back from a 5-0 deficit to defeat White 11-5 in the deciding game of the Fall Preview, Sunday at Doak Field at Dail Park.
"Both teams quickly turned around the intensity and focus throughout games two and three that was missing in the opener," said NC State head coach Elliott Avent. "Both teams competed at a higher level Saturday and Sunday.
Now, we must work to put the Red and White together, and learn to play smarter as a more complete team. These guys are hungry and understand the process that has to take place before we return to the diamond in January. We have much to do and look forward to the daily challenges involved in getting individually and collectively better."
All eight players in the Red lineup came up with hits, and six had two or more. No one had a bigger night than Jake Armstrong, whose 3-for-5 performance included three RBIs and a run scored. Sam Morgan finished the series 6-for-12 with four runs and four RBIs after his 3-for-6, two RBI outing on Sunday. Brett Austin drove in three runs for Red with a bases-clearing double, part of his 2-for-5 night.
White built its lead behind a pair of RBIs from John Mangum. Trea Turner went 2-for-5 with two doubles and a stolen base. Turner finished the series 3-for-3 on stolen base attempts. Logan Ratledge drove in one with a double in a 2-for-4 game. Redshirt freshman Brian Taylor had a double and an RBI on a 2-for-5 effort.
Dillon Frye earned the start for White and performed well, striking out four over three shutout innings. Brian Donovan worked two scoreless innings in relief.
Chris Overman scored the win for Red, striking out three over two innings while holding White to one hit. Johnny Piedmonte pitched the ninth, striking out one without allowing a hit. Karl Keglovits drew the start and surrendered one earned on two hits through three innings, fanning three.
White took a 1-0 lead in the first by walking in a run. Turner, Ratledge, and Grant Clyde loaded the bases, allowing Mangum’s patience to deliver the go-ahead run. Another run came in during the fourth, when Turner and Ratledge hit back-to-back doubles.
The game started to get away from Red in the fifth and sixth, when White extended its lead to 5-0. Mangum hit a sac fly for the first run in the fifth, and Taylor followed him with an RBI double. Ratledge reached on an infield single in the sixth, and scored on a groundout two batters later.
Red began chipping away in the bottom sixth, when Carlos Rodon doubled to set the table for Armstrong’s first RBI. The lead dwindled to 5-3 in the seventh with consecutive RBI singles from Rodon and Armstrong.
An eight-run eighth sealed the series for Red. With runners on first and second, Bryan Adametz, Armstrong, Chance Shepard, and Morgan hit four RBI singles in a row. Austin drove the final nail with a bases-clearing double after Matt Bergquist singled to load the bases.