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NC State evens series with Duke after 6-2 win at DBAP

Posted April 12

— NC State built a 5-0 lead and Wolfpack pitchers Ryan Williamson, Eric Peterson, and D.J. Thomas combined to punch out 14 Blue Devils as NC State baseball rolled to a 6-2 victory on Saturday, evening its series at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

The first five batters in the Wolfpack lineup drew at least one walk, seven combined. Logan Ratledge went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs. Andrew Knizner scored twice in a 2-for-3 effort with an RBI. Preston Palmeiro contributed a 2-for-4 outing with a run and an RBI. Chance Shepard had the Pack’s only extra-base hit, a two-out RBI double to the wall in left. Carlos Rodon had a pinch-hit RBI single in his only at-bat.

Duke (19-17, 8-9 ACC) had its chances early but the Blue Devils were unable to come up with the key hit.

“It’s been our hang up all year,” said head coach Chris Pollard. “In certain ball games, we get runners in scoring position and we just don’t get that key hit. We gave ourselves chances early. We gave ourselves a chance in the first. Gave ourselves a real good chance in the third and the fourth, and we just didn’t come up with the hit. That was the difference.”

The teams (20-14, 6-11 ACC) remained locked in a scoreless tie while Williamson no-hit Duke through three. Peterson (3-2) relieved him and scored the win by holding the Devils to two earned on three hits over the next 4 2/3. Peterson retired his first six batters faced and 11 of his first 12. His nine strikeouts were one shy of his career-high of 10, set in 2013 during Peterson’s time at Temple.

“I thought Peterson was really, really good for them,” Pollard said. “He was very good and he was tough to hit.”

Thomas picked up his second save of the year by retiring the last batter of the eighth and working through the ninth in order.

Trea Turner manufactured a run in the fifth to wake up the Wolfpack offense. Turner led off with a walk, and took second by tagging on a fly ball to right. He advanced to third with one away by baiting an errant pickoff throw behind him at second. Knizner’s RBI single down the left field line scored Turner to make it 1-0. Knizner moved to third after Ratledge’s single to center and Shepard’s walk to load the bases. Palmeiro sent a sac fly to left to make it 2-0.

Andrew Istler suffered the loss after yielding two runs on two hits and two walks over 1.1 innings.

State scored three more in the sixth. Garrett Suggs reached on a fielder’s choice, took second on a wild pitch, and advanced to third on a fly to center. Brett Austin was walked intentionally, and Knizner was hit by pitch to load the bases with two gone. Ratledge provided a line drive two-RBI single smashed up the middle. Shepard followed with an RBI double that skipped off of the left field wall on a hop to make it 5-0.

“I don’t think we necessarily pitched poorly, but we gave them some free offense.” Pollard said. “We walked some guys. We hit some guys. Therefore we extended innings so when they did get that hit, there were runners on.”

Duke Senior Jordan Betts ricocheted his team-leading 13th double of the year off the wall in left center to begin the eighth, and crossed home plate two batters later on a Ryan Deitrich RBI double. Drama ensued as the umpires overturned what was originally ruled an Andy Perez two-run homer in favor of an RBI ground-rule double.

In the ninth, the Pack tacked on one for insurance after Palmeiro reached third on a single and a two-base error in center. Rodon drove him in with a pinch hit single through the right side.

The teams close the sries at Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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  • wlcat609 Apr 13, 5:30 p.m.

    In Sunday's game State had a 10 - 4 going into the bottom of the 8th inning..Duke scored 5 on two homers to make it 10 - 9 going into the 9th inning.. State went 3 up and 3 down in the top of the ninth. Duke scored two runs on some sloppy Pack defensive play and a Pack bullpen meltdown in the 8th and 9th innings. Duke won by an 11 - 10 score.

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Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
Final
CHI 103
NYK 97
Final
HOU 90
NOP 99
3rd
SAC 74
MIL 70
 
2nd
GSW 60
OKC 52
 
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
Final
SDKST 75
IDST 72
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
Final
CHAR 75
APP 65
Final
MISS 71
CCAR 68
 
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
Final
BRAD 80
EUREK 38
 
Final
PEAY 76
OAKC 52
 
Final
JST 66
SMISS 46
 
Final
SD 55
MNTST 53
 
Final
UAB 70
LSU 79
Final
EVAN 81
OHIO 69
 
2nd
CSFU 62
CSDH 43
 
2nd
ORST 67
DEP 42
 
2nd
PAC 48
NEV 44
 
2nd
USF 77
PORST 37
 
2nd
IDAHO 75
WALLA 31
 
2nd
UTST 37
CALST 28
 
Final
PIT 1
COL 0
Final
PHI 1
FLA 2
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
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CLB 4
WAS 5
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MON 1
ANA 2
2nd
SJS 2
EDM 1
 
2nd
LOS 1
STL 3
 
Final
JAC 21
TEN 13