Wolfpack Eliminated From NCAA Regionals

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – NC State's stay in the NCAA Myrtle Beach Regional didn't make it out of the first inning.

The Wolfpack, for the first time since 1999, did not win a game in the double-elimination format, falling Saturday afternoon to Stony Brook 6-2 in an elimination game at BB&T Coastal Field.

It was the first NCAA regional win in Stony Brook school history.

The Seawolves, clearly comfortable playing within three miles of the Atlantic Ocean, jumped on NC State starter Anthony Tzamtzis early in the top half of the first inning, getting a lead-off double from Pat Cantwell. Tzamtzis hit both Chad Marshall and Stephen Marino to load the bases and walked Robert Dyer to drive in the first run of the game.

Michael Stephen followed with a two-run single and Tanner Nivins drove in a run with a double. Tzamtzis recorded only one out before being pulled after Nivins' double. Tzamtzis, a freshman from Miami, was making the first start of his career after 20 relief appearances this season.

Sophomore Vance Williams came on to pitch for the Wolfpack, allowing back-to-back run scoring singles, to give Stony Brook a 6-0 lead. Williams, however, settled down and retired nine consecutive batters and did not allow a run in his 5 2/3 innings of relief work.

The Seawolves did not score again after the first inning, though they threatened in the eighth. But both Drew Poulk and John Gianis threw out base runners from the outfield.

But, similar to Friday night's game against Charleston, the Wolfpack could not overcome the early deficit. State's offense scored single runs in the second and fifth, but managed only six hits against Stony Brook starter Tyler Johnson in his eight innings on the mound. The sophomore right-hander threw 119 pitches before he was relieved by freshman designated hitter William Carmona in the ninth inning.

It was only the second time all season the high-scoring Pack scored fewer than three runs in a game. The only other time was a shutout loss at Miami.

The Wolfpack ends its season with a 38-24 final record.


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