Team Wolf Evens Fall Series, 4-3
RALEIGH, N.C. - Team Wolf scored four unearned runs in the top of the second inning Saturday, and four Team Wolf pitchers made the lead stand as Team Wolf evened NC State’s fall world series at a game apiece.
Junior lefthander Nate King picked up the win, allowing three runs on four hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out three. Nick Rive, Rob Chamra and Felix Roque retired the final seven Team Pack batters to nail down the victory. Roque worked a perfect seventh inning for the save.
Team Pack jumped to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Pratt Maynard drew a one-out walk and took second on a wild pitch. Drew Poulk hit a sharp grounder past third base and down the line into the left-field corner. Maynard scored, but left fielder Terran Senay gunned down Poulk at second base for the second out of the inning, defusing the rally.
Harold Riggins led off the top of the second for Team Wolf and reached on an error. Senay singled to put runners on first and second, and Riggins went to third when Sasser’s pickoff attempt hit the runner and caromed into right-center field. John Gianis tied the score at 1-1 with a sacrifice fly to left. Chris Schaeffer singled to left, and Chris Diaz reached on an error, loading the bases for Dallas Poulk, who drove a three-run double to right-center, giving Team Wolfpack a 4-1 lead.
Junior lefthander Grant Sasser was the unintended victim of Team Pack’s defensive problems. Sasser worked three innings and allowed just the four second-inning runs, all of them unearned. He allowed four hits, walked one and struck out three.
Team Pack tried to get back in the game in the bottom of the fifth. Matt Bergquist led off and singled to left. Kyle Wilson doubled off the wall in straightaway center field to put runners on second and third with no outs. Maynard’s sacrifice fly scored Bergquist and marked the end of the line for King. Drew Poulk greeted Rice with an RBI single to right to make it 4-3, but the Tea, Wolf bullpen slammed the door after that.
The final and deciding game of the series will be Sunday at 1 p.m. Sophomore Mike Russo and freshman Mike Clark, both righthanders, will be the starting pitchers.