Newcomer Easley Quiets Pack In Fall Opener
Oct. 29, 2010
RALEIGH, N.C. - Sophomore newcomer Josh Easley pitched five strong innings and was spotted a nine-run lead thanks seven errors, as the Wolf team beat the Pack 10-1 in the first of three intra-squad fall world series games for the NC State baseball team.
Easley, a transfer from Weatherford (Texas) College who compiled a school-record 10-2 record as a freshman in 2010, allowed three singles in his first 4 2/3 innings, until junior Ryan Matthews hit a solo home run to left at Doak Field at Dail Park. Easley retired the next batter and finished his appearance with four hits, two walks and six strikeouts.
"I thought Josh pitched well, but he had a couple of high pitch counts in his first two innings," said head coach Elliott Avent. "We are looking to see who our starting pitchers are going to be and, in this league, you can't throw 75 pitches in five innings and be effective.
"I was really pleased with how he pitched his final three innings."
Sophomore Ethan Ogburn was the first of four pitchers for the Red team, but got little help from his defense, which committed a total of seven errors in the game and had six in the fourth inning alone.
"We tried to split the teams up evenly, with a strong player at every position," Avent said. "But obviously one team was better defensively than the other."
The Wolf team opened the game with three runs in the bottom of the first, loading the bases on a walk, an error and a hit batsman. Second baseman Chris Diaz walked to score the game's first run, and shortstop Matt Bergquist drove in the second run with the only hit of the inning, a single to right field. Leftfielder Dylan Brown brought in the final run of the inning with a ground out to third base.
The Wolf team scored six more runs in the bottom of the fourth, only one of which was earned, and a added solo run in the sixth on a double by catcher Chris Schaeffer.
The intra-squad series continues on Saturday at 2 p.m., with junior righthander Vance Williams and sophomore righthander Danny Healey listed as the starting pitchers. The series will conclude Sunday at 2 p.m., with junior righthander Cory Mazzoni and senior righty Rob Chamra listed as the starters.
Sunday's pregame activities include the Wolfpack player taking batting practice in their Halloween costumes,beginning around noon.