Pack Pulverizes Deacs, 19-1

NC State baseball raced to a demonstrative 19-1 victory over Wake Forest in game one of three at Winston-Salem on Friday night.

The Wolfpack (28-18, 12-12 ACC) scored 13 runs in the decisive seventh frame, equaling a 13-run output in the eighth inning of a 25-4 win over Wagner on February 24, 2013. Previously, the Pack scored 13 in the fifth inning of a 20-3 win over Maryland on March 11, 2007. State had only scored 13+ runs total in five games before Friday night. NC State set season highs for runs and hits in the game, sending 17 men to the plate in the seventh, with 11 in a row reaching safely.

The 18-run win over Wake Forest (26-22, 11-14) marks the sixth-largest margin of victory in an ACC game in Wolfpack history. The record stands at 22, most recently in a shutout win over Duke in 2005, set in 1956 with a 23-1 pasting of Maryland. Friday's game falls one run short of the Pack's widest margin over Wake Forest, a 29-10 shellacking in 1984.

The Pack's 18-run blowout marks the largest of the year in any ACC contest. The 19 runs scored ties Florida State for the most in conference play this season.

A quintet of Wolfpackers finished the night with three hits. Bubby Riley led the way on a 3-for-5 outing with two runs, four RBIs, and a walk. Riley produced the Pack's first three RBIs of the game, on his way to career highs for hits and RBIs, and tying his career high for runs.

Brock Deatherage tripled and tied a career high for hits in a 3-for-6 effort with two runs and an RBI. Preston Palmeiro doubled and hit his first career grand slam in a 3-for-6 evening with career highs of six RBIs and three runs, taking over the team lead with seven bombs on the year. Chance Shepard provided a season high four RBIs, tying his career high set against Davidson on February 25, 2014, and tied his career high for hits in a 3-for-6 ballgame with a double.

Andrew Knizner tied his career high for runs scored with three, part of a 3-for-4 line to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Logan Ratledge also tied a career high with three runs in an 0-for-3 game with an RBI and two walks. Shane Shepard and Josh McLain each contributed pinch hit singles. McLain's produced an RBI scored by Scott Manea, who reached on an infield single.

Wolfpack starter Brian Brown (5-3) picked up the win over six innings of tense baseball, before the 13-run seventh blew the game apart. Brown fanned six and walked just one, limiting the Deacons to one earned on four hits. Travis Orwig collected his first save of the year, thanks to a three inning, two-hit, shutout effort with one walk and five punchouts.

NC State returns to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. for game two of the series. Streaming coverage will be provided for CBS All-Access subscribers. Radio duties will be handled by 88.1 WKNC. Fans can follow along with live stats from GoPack.com, or Twitter updates via @NCStateBaseball.


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