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    No. 5 Wolfpack Falls to Even Series

    May 12, 2013

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    Top Performers: Trea Turner (2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI), Anthony Tzamtzis (3.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 4 K)

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    RALEIGH, N.C. - No. 5 NC State fell behind early on Sunday at Doak Field at Dail Park, as No. 9 Florida State ran away with a 12-3 victory to even its series with the Wolfpack ahead of a nationally televised rubber match Monday on ESPNU.

    The Wolfpack (39-12, 16-9 ACC) slipped into a 6-0 deficit through two innings, which proved to be too much to overcome on Sunday. Florida State (41-10, 17-9) scored twice in the first and added four in the second to establish a comfortable lead. The Pack answered with one in the third, before the Seminoles put single runs up in the fifth and sixth. Four more Seminole runs scored in the ninth. NC State chipped away with two in the bottom half to set the final at 12-3.

    With the Wolfpack loss, the ACC Atlantic Division standings flip-flop once again. This time, FSU retakes a half-game lead over the Pack. Monday night’s game will put one team in command of the division with one weekend remaining in the regular season.

    Trea Turner returned to form with a 2-for-4 day including a double, a run and an RBI. Jake Fincher scored once and drove in one in a 1-for-3 effort, extending his streak of reaching base to 49 of 51 games this year. Bryan Adametz had the Pack’s only other extra-base hit, a double in a 1-for-3 performance with a run scored. Logan Ratledge and Brett Austin had the Wolfpack’s other two hits.

    NC State starter Ethan Ogburn (4-3) took the loss in a short outing, leaving after 1 1/3 innings. The Pack utilized seven pitchers in the ballgame, with Anthony Tzamtzis being the only to pitch more than 1 1/3. Tzamtzis went 3 1/3, holding the Noles to one earned on one hit while striking out four. Danny Healey finished the game with a perfect final 2/3.

    Florida State starter Brandon Leibrandt (8-4) pitched a gem for the win, holding the Wolfpack to one earned on three hits with seven strikeouts over eight innings. Leibrandt did not walk a batter and retired the side in order six times. Reliever Brandon Johnson gave up two earned on three hits in the final frame.

    Trailing 6-0, NC State needed its biggest comeback of the year to steal a win. In the third, Adametz knocked a one-out double down the left field line. Ratledge singled through the right side behind him to put runners on the corners. After a pickoff for the second out, Turner drove in Adametz by lofting an RBI single to center field.

    The Wolfpack faced a 12-1 deficit in the bottom of the ninth. Turner led off the inning with a double down the right field line. Fincher singled up the middle to drive him in, and Austin singled next to put runners on the corners. Austin took off for second and allowed Fincher to score when the throw down sailed into center. A called strike three and a grounder to short from the next two batters left Austin stranded at second.

    NC State returns to action on Monday at 7 p.m. for the nationally televised rubber match on ESPNU. Radio coverage will be handled by 88.1 WKNC. Fans can also follow along with live stats on, or on Twitter via @NCStateBaseball.



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