Pack9 Sweeps Wake

NC State baseball completed a sweep of Wake Forest with a 9-6 win on Monday night in Winston-Salem, extending its winning streak to nine games and clinching a bid to the 2015 ACC Tournament.

The Wolfpack (30-18, 14-12 ACC) took the earliest lead possible with a leadoff homer by Logan Ratledge, and stretched it to a 3-0 advantage in the third on Ratledge's second bomb of the night. In those at-bats, Ratledge needed only three pitches to retake the team lead with eight homers on the year. Ratledge finished 2-for-4 with three runs, three RBIs, and two dingers.

Wake Forest (26-24, 11-16) rallied to tie the game 3-3 in the bottom fourth, before a one-hour lightning delay interrupted the top fifth. When play resumed with Jake Fincher at first and two away, State tacked another pair on the board to jump ahead 5-3. Fincher finished the evening 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI. Preston Palmeiro contributed an RBI single to center in the sixth to make it 6-3, part of a 2-for-4 effort with a run and an RBI.

The Deacons recouped one run in the sixth, then threatened to take the lead in the eighth, loading the bases with nobody out. Freshman Tommy DeJuneas wriggled out of the jam with two strikeouts and a foul pop to Joe Dunand, limiting the damage to one, and preserving the Pack's 6-5 lead.

Andrew Knizner delivered a three-run shot to left center in the ninth to add insurance, his fourth of the year to make it a 9-5 game. Wake made it interesting in the bottom half, bringing the tying run to the plate twice, but Travis Orwig's called strike three finished the deed to secure the Pack's 9-6 win.

Johnny Piedmonte worked 3 2/3 as the Wolfpack starter, allowing a pair of unearned runs on no hits and a walk. Joe O'Donnell (7-3) claimed the win on two innings, surrendering two unearned on three hits and a walk with one strikeout.

Will Gilbert was next out of the pen, pitching a no-hit inning with a walk and a punchout. DeJuneas went the next 1 2/3 with three fanned, and two earned runs allowed on two walks and two hits. Orwig faced the final two batters to score his second save, holding Wake hitless and tallying one strikeout.

NC State returns to action on Thursday at 6 PM to host Louisville. The first two games will stream on ESPN3, the finale televised on RSN. Radio duties for the weekend will be handled by 88.1 WKNC. Fans can also follow along with live stats from, or Twitter updates via @NCStateBaseball.

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