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    Pack Rally Comes Up Short in Game Two

    March 23, 2013

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    Top Performers: Bryan Adametz (2-for-4, R), Anthony Tzamtzis (3.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K)

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    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - No. 16 NC State fell 4-3 in the second half of its doubleheader with No. 11 Virginia, Saturday at Davenport Field.

    The Wolfpack (16-8, 3-5 ACC) found itself in a 3-0 hole through four innings, but fought its way back into the contest starting with a pinch-hit RBI from Trea Turner in the fifth. A solo homer made it 4-1 in favor of Virginia in the bottom half of the inning. State rallied again with two runs in the sixth, before leaving the tying run stranded at second in the ninth.

    Jake Fincher represented that tying run thanks to his second hit in a 2-for-4 outing with a run scored. Bryan Adametz also went 2-for-4 with a run. Brett Austin had a double, the Pack’s only extra-base hit of the afternoon. Logan Ratledge scored and drove in a run with a 1-for-3 effort.

    Ethan Ogburn (2-2) took the loss on three earned over 3 1/3 innings. Anthony Tzamtzis performed well as the first arm out of the Wolfpack pen, scattering five hits during the next three innings to hold the Cavaliers (21-2, 6-2) to one earned. Grant Sasser tossed a two-hit shutout over the final 1 2/3.

    Virginia starter Scott Silverstein (4-0) captured the win after giving up three earned in five innings of work. Relievers Josh Sborz and Kyle Crockett combined to hold the Wolfpack to one hit over the final four frames. Crockett earned his first save of the year.

    The Pack fell behind 1-0 in the first started by a lead-off single to left. The runner stole second with two outs and scored on an RBI single through the right side. Ogburn retired the next seven in order until Brandon Downes led off the fourth with a single through the right side. Mike Papi’s double down the right field line scored him to make it 2-0. Nate Irving singled through the left side to plate Papi and extend the Cavalier lead to 3-0.

    Fincher led off the Wolfpack fifth with an infield single to second, and motored to third on a one-out single by Sam Morgan. Turner subbed in at designated hitter to return from his ankle injury, grounding to the right side to score Fincher. Nick Howard homered to right in the bottom fifth to stretch the Virginia lead to 4-1.

    State cut the gap to one run in the sixth when Adametz singled to center and took second on a fielding error. Ratledge knocked an RBI single to center to score the run, then Austin doubled to left to put two in scoring position. Ratledge scored from third on the next play when Brett Williams reached on a fielder’s choice.

    The Pack’s best chance to tie the game came in the ninth. After two quick outs, Fincher legged out an infield single on a liner off the pitcher’s shoulder, and a diving slide under the first baseman’s tag when the throw across pulled him off the bag. Fincher moved to second on a wild pitch, but a called strike three ended the game.

    NC State returns to action on Sunday at 11 a.m. in a game moved from Monday because of impending weather. Free radio coverage will be available on due to the Wolfpack women’s WNIT game on 88.1. Fans can also follow along with live stats on, or on Twitter via @NCStateBaseball.  



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