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    No. 13 Pack Cruises Past Old Dominion 16-6 in Rain-Shortened Affair
    Danny Canela
    Danny Canela

    April 4, 2012

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    NORFOLK, VA. - Ryan Mathews and Danny Canela combined for seven RBIs and two homeruns as No. 13 NC State demolished Old Dominion 16-6 in a game called after seven innings at the Bud Metheny Complex Wednesday night.

    Canela went 2-for-3 with his third homer of the year, a double, three RBIs, three runs, and two walks, igniting the Wolfpack (20-7, 8-4 ACC) offense in the first inning with his three-run blast. Mathews provided the dagger, sending a three-run rocket over the left field fence with two outs in the fourth for his team-leading fifth homer of the season. Mathews finished the game 2-for-5 with four RBIs and a run scored.

    With the win, the 2012 Pack marks the fastest NC State squad to reach 20 wins since 2006. The 2006 team jumped out to a 20-4 start before ending up in the Austin Regional.

    Both Tarran Senay and Brett Austin finished with two runs and two RBIs. Senay drove in his pair on a third-inning double to the wall in left center. Austin sent two home with a double to right center in the same inning, en route to a 2-for-4, one walk performance.

    Chris Diaz moved up to second in the batting order, and came through with a 3-for-5 outing, scoring three times in the first four innings and driving in a run. Trea Turner went 1-for-4, scoring twice, driving in one, and stealing second to improve his national lead to 28-for-28. Andrew Ciencin went 2-for-4 with two RBI singles and scored twice.

    Dillon Frye (1-0) came up with the win on the best pitching performance of his young career, going 4 2/3 innings in relief, striking out four and walking none while shutting out the Monarchs (10-19, 2-7 CAA) on one hit. Travis Orwig struck out the side in his lone inning. Chris Williams pitched the last inning of the game, giving up two runs, both earned, on three hits with one strikeout. Starter Danny Healey lasted only a 1/3, allowing four earned on four hits and two walks.

    Old Dominion blew through six pitchers with starter C.J. Huyett (1-2) taking the loss on two innings. Huyett surrendered six runs, all earned, on five hits and two walks. Lightning stopped the game with the bases loaded for State in the top eighth, and the teams agreed to end the game, wiping the eighth inning’s stats from the official scorebook.

    Canela energized the Wolfpack offense early with a mammoth three-run shot in the top of the first. Diaz smashed a one-out liner up the middle, and Austin walked behind him to set up Canela’s third homer of the season.

    The Monarchs’ hot start erased the three-run deficit immediately in the bottom first. Josh Wright led off with a walk and stole second. Josh Eldridge singled on a pulled liner over the second baseman to put runners on the corners. Chris Baker singled on a soft liner into left to score Wright. Josh Tutwiler hit a liner into right to load the bases with no outs. Joey Burney singled into right to tie the game 3-3.

    State finally recorded its first out on the next batter, Austin McGowan, who grounded to second to plate the go-ahead run. Frye came in following a passed ball and a walk to put runners on the corners, and struck out the first batter he faced after Canela gunned down Brandon Shelton’s attempt to steal second, ending the inning.

    The Pack seized the lead for good in the third on Austin’s two-RBI double. Turner led off with a walk, and advanced to third on Diaz’s single through the right side. Austin plated them both to make it 5-4 by crushing a 1-2 pitch off the wall in right center. Canela drew a walk to put runners on first and second. Ciencin grounded a ball toward short, and Austin’s obstruction of the fielder’s view helped the ball get through for an RBI single. Senay cleared the bases with a two-RBI double to left center that reached the wall on a hop. Logan Ratledge scored Senay on a one-out single up the middle for the Wolfpack’s sixth run of the inning to take a 9-4 lead.

    State enjoyed another six-run inning in the fourth to blow the game wide open. Turner led off with a single up the middle, stole second for his 28th of the year, and moved to third on an errant pick off attempt. Diaz plated him with a single up the middle. Griffey retired the next two batters in order before the Pack rattled off five more runs, highlighted by Mathew’s three-run laser over the left field fence, his fifth homer of the year. Three-straight Monarch errors helped State score another on Turner’s grounder to second to make it 15-4.

    Mathews added his fourth RBI of the game with a two-out single to extend the lead to 16-4. Canela led off with a double into the left field gap, moving to third on Grant Clyde’s grounder. With two away, Mathews drove a single into left to bring home Canela. Old Dominion scored a pair of runs on a two-RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to set the final at 16-6.

    NC State returns to the diamond Friday at 6 p.m. for the series opener at Maryland. Saturday’s game begins at 3 p.m., and the Sunday finale kicks off at 1 p.m. Radio coverage for all three games will be provided by 88.1 WKNC, fans can follow Twitter updates from @NCStateBaseball, and live stats will be available at



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