Healey Dominates Game Two of Series
Oct. 30, 2010
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Danny Healey and Grant Sasser combined on a two-hit shutout, and Antonio Alvarez went 2-for-3 with a double, a stolen base and an RBI to lift Team Wolf to a 3-0 victory in the second game of NC State baseball's fall intrasquad world series.
Healey, a sophomore righthander, started for Team Wolf and cruised through five shutout innings, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out five. He allowed just one runner -- Chris Schaeffer in the top of the fourth -- to reach scoring position, and Schaeffer was cut down at home plate on the front end of a double-steal attempt for the inning's final out.
Aside from that, Healey was nearly perfect. He retired the first nine men he faced and 12 of the first 14, then finished with a flourish, retiring four of the last five men he faced, three on strikes. He ended his five innings by picking freshman Dylan Brown off first base.
Junior righthander Vance Williams started and went five innings for Team Pack, allowing just one unearned run on seven hits. He struck out one and did not issue a walk.
"This was so much better than last night's game," Wolfpack head coach Elliott Avent said, referring to Friday's error-plagued series opener. "What this game shows is that if you pound the strike zone and make hitters put the ball in play early in the count, good things will happen."
Both starters and Sasser did precisely that. Sasser, a junior lefty and the Wolfpack's closer a year ago, allowed a run and a walk in two innings of work.
Team Wolf took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third, thanks to one of the game's only two errors. Andrew Ciencin stroked a two-out single up the middle and went to second when Ryan Mathews' grounder to third went through Harold Riggins' glove and into left field for an error. Danny Canela cashed in the error for a run with an RBI-single up the middle.
Team Wolf added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth off reliever Mike Clark. Peter Bako led off and walked, stole second and third, and scored on Alvarez's one-out single through the left side of the infield. Pratt Maynard and Ciencin then walked with two outs to load the bases, and Mathews made it 3-0 with a single to left. John Gianis cut down Maynard at home for the third out of the inning.
The final game of the series will be Sunday at 2 p.m. The Wolfpack players will take batting practice in Halloween costumes, beginning at around 12:15. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Fans dressed in Halloween costumes are more than welcome.