RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State (11-1) scored double digit runs for the fifth straight game in a 14-10 win over North Carolina A&T (3-7). The Wolfpack's hot hitting continued, racking up 18 hits over eight innings. Drew Poulk and Kyle Wilson both extended their hitting streaks to 12 games.
Anthony Tzamtzis (1-0) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings to get the win, while Garrett Braun (0-1) was handed the loss.
Wolfpack starter Danny Healey struggled with his command early, walking two batters in the first inning, but he managed to get out of trouble.
In the top of the second, Lester Rivenbark hit a two-run home run over left center to give the Aggies a 2-0 lead.
The Wolfpack responded quickly in the bottom of the second, when Pratt Maynard blasted a two-run home run over the centerfield wall to tie the game 2-2.
Vance Williams replaced Healey in the top of the third inning, and got some help with two stellar defensive plays from Dallas Poulk and Harold Riggins.
The bottom of the fourth saw the Pack's lead stretch to 6-2. Riggins began the inning by driving a home run deep over left center. Russell Wilson followed with a single up the middle. Matt Bergquist smacked a single that advanced Wilson to third and Bergquist went to second after a throwing error on the play. Da. Poulk drove Wilson in with a ground out to second base and Andrew Ciencin's single up the middle scored Bergquist. Ciencin became the final run of the inning off of a Drew Poulk double to right center.
Rob Chamra took the mound in the fifth. He allowed two runners to reach base but had back-to-back strikeouts to get out of the jam.
In the bottom of the fifth, Bergquist's third single of the day drove in Chris Schaeffer to make the score 7-2.
After Chamra hit a batter to start the sixth, John Lambert came in for relief. Lambert walked the first batter and the Aggies took advantage. George Hines hit a double down the left field line to cut the lead to 7-3. Lambert was then pulled in favor of Chris Overman. With his first pitch Overman allowed a two-run single by Kelvin Freeman to cut the lead to 7-5. Overman settled down and got a strike out, fielder's choice and ground out to end the inning.
The top of the seventh inning wasn't friendly to the Pack as it lost the lead. With one out and runners on first and third, Nate King came out of the bullpen in relief of Overman. King threw a wild pitch which scored Xavier Macklin from third. Hines followed with a triple into left field just outside of Russell Wilson's outstretched glove to score two more runs. Anthony Tzamtzis came out of the bullpen and stopped the bleeding with two strikeouts to end the inning and the Pack down 8-7.
The Wolfpack didn't let the Aggies lead last long. With two line drive singles in a row by Maynard and Schaeffer to start the bottom of the seventh, the Aggies put in pitcher Blane McCraw. Danny Canela pinch hit for Riggins and drew a walk. Russell Wilson came up with the bases loaded and hit a single to right field to tie the score 8-8. Pinch hitter John Gianis walked, which gave the Pack the 9-8 lead. Kyle Wilson got his first hit of the day with a single to right to score Canela. Da. Poulk's fielder's choice to second gave the Pack another run to make the score 11-8. Ciencin beat out the throw from shortstop for an infield single, which gave the Pack its 12th run.
Nick Oelker took the mound for the Aggies in the eighth inning and threw a leadoff walk to Schaeffer. After Canela lined out to center, Russell Wilson hit a double of the right field wall. In his first at bat of the day, Chris Diaz drove a single up the middle to score Schaeffer and Wilson and increase the lead to six, 14-8.
In the top of the ninth, North Carolina A&T tried to make a dent in the Wolfpack's lead. Russell Wilson showed his versatility by making his fourth relief appearance of the season. After hitting the first batter he faced, Marquis Riley reached on an error. Wilson then struck out Hines and got Freeman to ground out to first. Rivenbark responded with a two run single to cut the lead to 14-10. That was the closest the Aggies could get, as Nales hit a ground ball to shortstop to end the game.