banner
NC State

NC State sweeps Virginia Tech to earn ACC tourney berth

Posted May 16, 2014

Carlos Rodon recorded 15 punchouts in a complete game, but NC State baseball fell 1-0 to visiting Georgia Tech on Friday night at Doak Field at Dail Park.

— With a postseason bid on the line, NC State swept a doubleheader Friday at Virginia Tech, dropping the Hokies 9-4 in the opener before clinching a spot in the ACC tournament with a 6-5 win in the nightcap at English Field.

NC State clinched no worse than the No. 10 seed in the conference by virtue of their sweep and a loss by Pittsburgh at Notre Dame Friday. 

Game 1

Every batter in the Wolfpack order contributed at least one hit to pull off a 9-4 comeback win in the first game of the twin bill. Virginia Tech opened a 2-0 lead in the second, before State rallied to tie the game 2-2 in the third. The Pack scored twice more in the fourth to make it 4-2, but the Hokies knotted the score 4-4 in the bottom half. Two runs in the fifth, and another deuce in the seventh helped State build an 8-4 advantage. An insurance run in the ninth set the final at 9-4.

Brett Austin went 3-for-4 with a homer, three, runs, an RBI, and a walk. Chance Shepard scored three times as well in a 2-for-4 game with a double, an RBI, and a walk. Jake Armstrong provided the only other multi-hit effort with a 2-for-5 outing including a run.

Carlos Rodon (6-7) scored the win in blustery conditions, fanning six while allowing four earned on eight hits and two walks. Eric Peterson earned his third save in four shutout innings of relief, scattering three hits and striking out three while walking none.

Game 2

The Pack held strong against a nerve-wracking Hokie comeback bid to take the nightcap 6-5. State broke a scoreless tie with its five-run fourth, but Virginia Tech clawed back with three runs in the bottom half. The Wolfpack played through four more scoreless innings before making it 6-3 in the top of the ninth. Tech scored twice in the ninth and put the winning run on first before sophomore Will Gilbert struck out the final batter of the game to preserve the 6-5 victory.

Logan Ratledge paced the Pack with a 3-for-5 effort including an RBI. Brett Austin tripled in his 2-for-5 outing with a run. Trea Turner stole his 24th base of the year, pulling within 16 of tying the ACC’s all-time career record in a 1-for-4 contest with two runs. Andrew Knizner drove in a pair with his only hit. Garrett Suggs went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two outfield assists from right.

Freshman Cody Beckman (1-0) turned in a career performance, setting highs with 4 1/3 innings pitched and five strikeouts, while holding the Hokies to two earned on five hits and two walks. Logan Jernigan started and punched out four over the first four frames while allowing three earned. Jon Olczak pitched 1/3 of an inning in the ninth before Gilbert earned his second save of the year by striking out the final batter to end it.

NC State returns to action for the series finale on Saturday at 2 p.m.

9 Comments

Please to add a comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • ncguy May 17, 2014

    View quoted thread

    whatever I'll take "luck" anytime !

    Go pack

  • Super Hans May 17, 2014

    Good job Pack. You knew what you had to do, and you did it.

  • Doc Holliday May 17, 2014

    View quoted thread



    +1 on the doubleheader comment.

  • Doc Holliday May 17, 2014

    View quoted thread



    "With a postseason bid on the line, NC State swept a doubleheader Friday at Virginia Tech..."

    Last I checked, winning both games of a doubleheader is considered a sweep of those games. The article didn't say series sweep.

  • TTCP May 17, 2014

    View quoted thread


    Swept the doubleheader....are you a kerliner fan?

  • wlcat609 May 17, 2014

    How can you have a 'sweep' with a game remaining. Last game of the series starts Saturday at 1 p.m. - if Pack wins, then it will be a series sweep!

    Once upon a time, Pittsburgh had a one game lead on the Pack. Don't know much about the games Pitt lost at Notre Dame but I prefer to think that Pitt lost the battle for the 10th tournament slot - State was rather lucky to get to the tournament.

  • Doc Holliday May 17, 2014

    Tough season for the 'Pack. Congrats to 'em on the sweep but there is no way a pitcher like Rodon should be sitting at 6-7. With that said, anything can happen in the tourney. In a short series like the NCAAs, it's all about being hot at the right time.

  • KT smakt your mother May 17, 2014

    Not the way I'd like us to get into the tourney, but a W is a W

  • sweet D May 17, 2014

    Go Pack!...way to overcome adversity to make the post-season...now, make a little noise in G-boro

  • ACC: Syracuse at NC State

    Tomorrow at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Florida at Kentucky

    Tomorrow at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Pac 12: Stanford at Arizona

    Tomorrow at 4:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NHL: Hurricanes vs. Minnesota

    Tonight at 8:00 on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
7:00pm Tonight
CAR
MIN
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
TOR
1:05pm Today
STL
HOU
 
1:05pm Today
BOS
MIA
 
1:05pm Today
TAM
MIN
 
1:05pm Today
PHI
NYY
 
1:05pm Today
ATL
WAS
 
1:07pm Today
TOR
BAL
 
1:10pm Today
NYM
DET
 
3:05pm Today
SDP
CWS
 
3:05pm Today
CHC
CIN
 
3:05pm Today
CLE
KAN
 
3:05pm Today
MIL
LOS
 
3:05pm Today
TEX
SFG
 
3:05pm Today
LOS
SEA
 
3:10pm Today
ANA
COL
 
3:10pm Today
ARI
OAK
 
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
PIT
 
7:00pm Tonight
IND
CHI
7:00pm Tonight
WAS
MIA
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
SAC
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
TOR
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
UTA
7:30pm Tonight
ATL
CLE
8:00pm Tonight
NOP
BOS
8:00pm Tonight
HOU
DET
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
LAL
8:00pm Tonight
BRK
PHO
8:30pm Tonight
SAN
DEN
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
DAL
1st
MVSU 11
ARKPB 16
 
1st
CSOU 13
LONG 20
 
1:05pm Today
WICHS
SILL
2:00pm Today
RAD
WINT
 
3:35pm Today
ILLST
EVAN
6:00pm Tonight
HIGH
GWEBB
 
6:00pm Tonight
UNCG
SAMF
6:00pm Tonight
ELON
TOWS
7:00pm Tonight
KSU
AKR
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUF
BGU
 
7:00pm Tonight
DART
BRO
 
7:00pm Tonight
WMICH
CMICH
 
7:00pm Tonight
PENN
CLMB
 
7:00pm Tonight
PRIN
CORN
 
7:00pm Tonight
OU
ILLCH
7:00pm Tonight
OHIO
UMO
 
7:00pm Tonight
BST
NILL
 
7:00pm Tonight
EMICH
TOL
 
7:05pm Tonight
NIOWA
BRAD
7:30pm Tonight
MURST
MORE
8:00pm Tonight
CCAR
UNCA
 
8:00pm Tonight
HARV
YALE
 
8:30pm Tonight
DREX
COC
8:30pm Tonight
CITA
FUR
9:00pm Tonight
USF
PAC
9:00pm Tonight
BAY
TTU
9:30pm Tonight
EKENT
BEL
9:30pm Tonight
CLST
DET
9:35pm Tonight
INDST
LOYC
11:30pm Tonight
SCU
LMU
7:00pm Tonight
NJD
CLB
7:00pm Tonight
CAR
MIN
7:30pm Tonight
OTT
BUF
7:30pm Tonight
DET
CAL
8:30pm Tonight
CHI
EDM
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
PIT