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    No. 15 Pack Hammers No. 14 Georgia Tech, 13-4

    April 20, 2013

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    Top Performers: Tarran Senay (3-for-6, HR, 2 2B, 6 RBI), Anthony Tzamtzis (3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 2 K)
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    ATLANTA, Ga. - No. 15 NC State opened its series at No. 14 Georgia Tech with a 13-4 win, extending the Pack's current winning streak to 12 games.

    The streak matches a 12-game win streak by the 2012 squad from April 21 to May 12 of last season. The Wolfpack (30-10, 12-7 ACC) has won its last eight ACC contests and has trailed at some point in all eight of those games.

    The win is State's third in a row over the Yellow Jackets (27-10, 11-7) dating back to last season, and it gives the Wolfpack a chance at its first series win in Atlanta since 2001.

    Six of nine Wolfpack leadoff batters reached in the game, leading to runs in eight of nine innings as State ran away from Tech. The Pack fell behind 2-1 in the second, then took control with a four-run third predicated on a three-run homer from Tarran Senay. After a two-run shot by Tech trimmed to lead to 5-4, State scored eight unanswered to pull away, scoring single runs in five of the next six innings and three runs in the top of the sixth.

    Senay's fifth homer of the year highlighted a 3-for-6 outing with a career-high six RBIs. Trea Turner stole his 16th base of the season to tie the NC State career record of 73, set by Tom Sergio from 1994 to 1997.  All told, six Wolfpack batters submitted multiple-hit outings on the night. Bryan Adametz did not record a hit, but drove in two runs.

    NC State starter Ryan Wilkins outdueled Georgia Tech ace Buck Farmer in the first half of the game. Wilkins allowed four earned on seven hits in a wild first four innings, while Farmer gave up seven earned. Reliever Anthony Tzamtzis (2-1) scored the win in an outstanding 3 1/3 innings of no-hit ball. Grant Sasser closed the door by holding the Yellow Jackets hitless for the final 1 2/3 in a non-save situation.

    NC State jumped ahead 1-0 in the first. Turner started the action with a single up the middle on the first pitch of the game, then advanced to second on a sac bunt. Brett Austin reached on an infield single to put runners on the corners. Senay doubled with a chopper over the first baseman to drive in the run. Tech responded with A.J. Murray's two-run homer to left in the second to take a 2-1 lead.

    The Pack regained the lead with a four-run third. Again, Turner singled as the leadoff. Jake Fincher walked behind him to put runners on first and second with nobody out. Austin drove in the tying run with an RBI single. Senay followed with a three-run shot to right center to make it 5-2 in favor of the Wolfpack. The Jackets came back with two more in the bottom third, trimming the lead to 5-4 behind Matt Gonzalez's two-run homer to left.

    State added single runs in the fourth and fifth to stretch the lead to 7-4. Jake Armstrong singled as the leadoff in the fourth, and moved to second on a sac bunt. Fincher came up with a two-out RBI single to center for the run. In the fifth, Brett Williams drew a one-out walk and moved to third on a hit-and-run single from Grant Clyde. Adametz reached on a fielder's choice to drive in the run.

    The Pack poured on three more in the sixth to extend the lead to 10-4. Logan Ratledge walked as the leadoff man and moved to second on Fincher's one-out single. Austin walked to load the bases with one out. Senay fired his second double of the night down the right field line to drive in a pair. Clyde's sac fly to left scored Austin from third.

    The lead grew to 11-4 in the seventh. Armstrong led off with a single, and Turner followed with one of his own, one out later. Fincher reached on a fielder's choice, an error on the attempted double play allowed Armstrong to score. With Turner on second, he and Fincher executed a double steal. The play marked the 73rd stolen base of Turner's career, which tied the NC State career record. A foul pop from the next batter ended the inning.

    Another run crossed for the Wolfpack in the eighth. Williams singled as the leadoff and stole second during the next at-bat. Clyde grounded out to move him to third, and Adametz drove in the run with a chopped groundout to third. The Pack tacked one more on in the ninth as Fincher walked with two outs, advanced two bases on a pair of wild pitches, and scored on a fielding error.

    NC State returns to action on Saturday with game two of its series at Georgia Tech. Streaming coverage will be provided by ESPN3.com. Radio coverage will be handled by 88.1 WKNC. Fans can also follow along with live stats on GoPack.com, or on Twitter via @NCStateBaseball.


     

     

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