NC State Wins Ugly Over ECU

GREENVILLE, N.C. – A win is a win is a win, and NC State will take this one but it was not a thing of beauty. Errors were the order of the day Wednesday at Clark-LeClair Stadium. NC State and East Carolina committed six errors apiece and the two teams combined for eight unearned runs, but the Wolfpack outplayed the Pirates offensively when it counted, the late innings, scoring five runs in the seventh and eighth innings to record an 8-6 come-from-behind victory over the Pirates.

NC State, which improved to 8-6 with the win, now has won four games in a row, five of its last six, and nine of its last 12. The Wolfpack has won eight of the last 11 meetings with East Carolina. The Pirates dropped to 24-14 with the loss.

NC State used seven pitchers, and they combined to allow just one earned run on eight hits. Sophomore righthander Mike Russo (2-0) got the win by recording the final out of the seventh inning. Junior lefthander Grant Sasser worked the final 1 2/3 innings for his second save. Sasser walked two, but he did not allow a hit and recorded a strikeout, and wriggled out of a bases-loaded jam with the go-ahead run on base in the bottom of the eighth. Shawn Armstrong (0-2), the third of four ECU pitchers, took the loss after allowing three runs, all earned, on three hits in two-thirds of an inning.

Dallas Poulk led off the game for the Wolfpack and extended his current hitting streak to 10 games with a single up the middle. Pratt Maynard hit a dribbler off the end of the bat and up the third-base line, advancing Poulk to second base, and Drew Poulk chased his cousin home with a single that tipped off the glove of shortstop John Wooten and into shallow center field to give NC State a 1-0 lead.

The Pirates threatened in the bottom of the first, putting their first two runners on base and loading the bases with two down, but starting pitcher Felix Roque got key outs by striking out the dangerous Kyle Roller and getting groundouts from Wooten and Devin Harris.

The Wolfpack added a run in the top of the fourth. Harold Riggins led off with a single through the left side of the infield, and Andrew Ciencin grounded into a force play, erasing Riggins at second base. Chris Schaeffer walked, and John Gianis lined a single down the left-field line, driving in Ciencin to make it 2-0.

East Carolina finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth. Austin Homan worked reliever John Lambert for a one-out walk. Devin Harris singled to left, and Harold Riggins overran the ball for an error, allowing the runners to advance to second and third. Zach Wright’s sacrifice fly scored Homan to slice the Wolfpack lead to a run at 2-1.

Jared Avchen led off the bottom of the fifth against reliever Vance Williams and grounded to second, but was safe when Dallas Poulk boxed the ball for an error. Trent Whitehead walked. Corey Thompson grounded to shortstop, but Matt Bergquist’s throw to second was wide of the bag for an error, loading the bases with none out. Williams got Roller to line out to shortstop, but Wooten got one run home on a grounder to second base, and Homan greeted reliever Nate King with a run-scoring infield single, giving the Pirates a 4-2 lead.

NC State got one of those runs back in the top of the sixth. Danny Canela led off and reached on an error by Wooten and ECU starter Brad Mincey hit Riggins with a pitch. Ciencin advanced the runners with a slow roller back to the pitcher, and Schaeffer got Canela home with a grounder to shortstop, cutting the lead to 4-3.

The errors and unearned runs theme continued in the top of the seventh, and NC State took advantage. Bergquist led off and bunted right back to Mincey, but his throw pulled Roller off the bag at first for an error. Jake Harris came on in relief for the Pirates, and the second batter he faced, Maynard, took him deep the other way, a two-run homer to left that put the Wolfpack back on top at 5-4.

The 5-4 lead lasted all of three batters into the bottom of the seventh. That’s when Roller belted a solo homer to straightaway center field for East Carolina’s only earned run of the game, tying the game at 5-5.

The Wolfpack broke the tie with a big eighth inning, beginning with back-to-back, one-out doubles by Schaeffer and Gianis. Wright overran Gianis’s double down the left-field line for an error, allowing Gianis to go to third on the play. Chris Diaz pinch-hit for Bergquist and fisted a single into shallow center field, just over the outstretched glove of second baseman Cameron Freeman. Gianis scored on the play, and Drew Poulk’s RBI double down the right-field line made it 8-5.

Wright led off the bottom of the eighth and singled to right field. Freeman followed with a single up the middle to put runners on first and second with none out. Avchen hit a grounder to Diaz at shortstop. Diaz flipped to Dallas Poulk for the force on Freeman at second base, but Poulk’s relay to first was over Canela’s head, and Wright scored all the way from second to cut the lead to 8-6.

NC State will return to action on Friday in the first game of a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series with Boston College at Doak Field at Dail Park.

ECU will head to Houston for a three game Conference USA series against Rice on Friday.

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  • by Anonymous Location: enc on Apr 29, 2010 at 02:06 PM
    This game so ugly both teams should have lost!
  • by billy bob Location: ECU on Apr 26, 2010 at 02:59 PM
    yay state won...but the game was still ugly. The triangle area must have sucky news reports because all of you are on here writing really cool post. GO PIRATES!!!
  • by ToNCSUfans Location: Raleigh on Apr 23, 2010 at 10:21 AM
    So, all NCSU fans want a pat on the back? Okay... good job at winning... an ugly game. I've never seen so much crying about a headline.... in Greenville no less. Why don't you pack fans TRY to get a little more out of your school, because your posts make you look ignorant.
  • by shelly Location: gville on Apr 23, 2010 at 05:49 AM
    get over it ecu fans. you guys are terrible. state won, give them credit for it. ecu is not the begin and end all in life!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 23, 2010 at 03:56 AM
    Ecu needs to learn how to bunt. The long ball is not going to get it done this year. Coaching done some pretty bad decisions in this game. Have to bunt Jared with no outs and runners on 1st and 2nd. Then runners in scoring postion with the top of the line up. Come on coach.
  • by Wolfpack Red on Apr 22, 2010 at 04:12 PM
    Ho-hum--Another NC State-ezu game---Another Wolfpack win When did ectc move up from t-ball?
  • by Re: to interesting on Apr 22, 2010 at 03:33 PM
    Haha, an EZU fan lecturing someone on being smart? No one said there was an issue with the articles being the same. But having the chip on your shoulder as a Pitt Senior Community College fan (let that simmer for a minute and tell me if you get it) shows your true ignorance anyways. There's a reason you guy's didn't make into our fight song....GO STATE!
  • by STANLEY SEARS Location: ROCKY MT. on Apr 22, 2010 at 02:25 PM
    WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE UGLY!!!!!!!!!! STATE RULES! GO WOLFPACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by JK Location: Goldsboro on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:19 AM
    I'm a huge pack fan but GO Zach Wright!!!
  • by coach on Apr 22, 2010 at 08:44 AM
    both teams played poorly and the arguments over the headline goes to show you how pitiful the game as played.
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