No. 5 NC State falls to FSU in series finale, 8-4
Posted May 14, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — No. 5 NC State fell into another early deficit on Monday night at Doak Field at Dail Park and a late rally wasn’t enough to catch up with the eighth-ranked Seminoles, as Florida State took the series with an 8-4 win.
For the second day in a row, the Wolfpack (39-13, 16-10 ACC) allowed six runs in the first two innings, this time falling into a 6-1 hole. Florida State (42-10, 18-9) crossed the plate twice in the fifth to extend that lead to 8-1 before the Pack responded. NC State scored twice in the sixth and once in the eighth to narrow the gap to 8-4, but ran out of time.
The Seminoles open up a 1 ½-game lead on the Wolfpack in the race for the ACC Atlantic Division, with one crucial weekend remaining to decide the titleholder. Florida State hosts Clemson next weekend, while NC State travels to Duke. Clemson holds a ½ game advantage on the Wolfpack. Both series run from Thursday to Saturday.
Trea Turner came a few fortuitous bounces away from hitting for the cycle, but ended up 2-for-5 with a triple and run scored. Turner had a line drive to right swallowed up by the diving Jameis Winston and a warning track fly ball to left in the game. Bryan Adametz went 2-for-4 with two RBIs on a two-out double in the sixth. Sam Morgan drew the start at designated hitter and performed well with the Pack’s only other multi-hit effort, a 2-for-4 night with a run scored.
Grant Clyde scored twice in a 1-for-3 ballgame with a walk and a double. Brett Austin drove in one and walked once. Brett Williams and Logan Ratledge turned in 1-for-4 efforts.
Wolfpack starter Brad Stone (2-2) took the loss in a short outing. Ryan Wilkins relieved him in the first and allowed two earned. Josh Easley delivered the strongest performance, holding the Seminoles to one hit over 3 2/3 innings. Logan Jernigan pitched a hitless ninth with one walk and one strikeout.
Florida State starter Scott Sitz (9-1) claimed the win on three earned from seven hits and two walks over 5 2/3, striking out four. Gage Smith worked the next 2 1/3, allowing one unearned run. Robby Coles closed the door with a perfect ninth inning.
Staring down a 4-0 deficit in the bottom of the first after home runs from FSU’s Marcus Davis and Stephen McGee in the top half, Turner smashed the first pitch he saw into the left field corner for a leadoff triple. Austin plated him with a grounder to short one batter later.
With the Pack behind 8-1 after another Davis homer and John Sansone’s two-RBI single in the fifth, NC State rallied with two runs in the sixth. Clyde knocked a one-out double to left center, then Morgan singled through the right side with two outs to put runners on the corners. Adametz doubled to left center to score both. Ratledge legged out a bunt single to put two on, but Turner’s deep fly to left stayed in play to end the inning.
Clyde walked as the leadoff in the eighth and advanced to third on Williams’ double chopped over the third baseman’s head into left. A failed pickoff attempt scored Clyde, but the Pack couldn’t push another across.
NC State returns to action on Thursday at 6 p.m. with its series opener at Duke.