NC State baseball week in review

Same old story, same old song and dance.  The Wolfpack baseball team began the week with a come-from-behind victory over Old Dominion and ended the week by getting swept from highly-ranked Florida State.

If nothing else, NC State has beaten the teams it should beat.  Old Dominion jumped to a 4-0 lead off of NCSU pitchers Kyle Stephenson and Brandon Shipwash, but could not slow down the Wolfpack bats enough to win.  Down 4-2, Colt Morton once again brought out the power when the team needed it. His three run homerun in the bottom of the seventh gave the Pack the lead for good.  Meanwhile, Brian Ross closed the door on ODU, keeping them scoreless for the final three innings of the game.  Final: 6-4.

Florida State has been hot coming into its series with NC State, and the Wolfpack could not slow the Seminoles down.  In game one, FSU took advantage of Wolfpack starter Ryan Combs for 7 runs in the first four innings.  Matt Lynch, on the other hand, pitched a complete game for FSU, allowing just eight hits and 3 runs.  This was a no-doubter for Florida State.  They won 9-3

FSU also took game two by a six run margin.  The NCSU pitchers were again beaten around; starter Daniel Caldwell gave up 8 runs and walked six batters.  Despite his struggles, Caldwell stayed in the game until the seventh inning.  Most likely this is indicative of a lack of depth more than anything else.  NC State got more hits from its offense, but could not convert them into enough runs to keep pace with FSU.  Final: 10-4.

NC State out-played FSU for six innings in game three.  The Noles, however, took major advantage of the Pack in the later innings.  After pitching five consecutive scoreless innings, Wolfpack starter Mike Prochaska blew up in the seventh, allowing 7 runs in that inning alone.  NC State watched a 9-4 lead evaporate and become a 12-9 deficit heading into the ninth.  Brian Wright hit a two-run homerun in the final inning, though the Pack could manage no more.  FSU won the heartbreaker by a score of 12-11.

There is nothing positive to take from this week, so the Pack (26-20, 4-14) will just have to focus on the games ahead.  There are ten games left on the regular season schedule, and they all feature opponents no better than NC State.  The final two conference series will come against Maryland and Virginia.  The ACC tournament follows, where Elliot Avent and the team will hope for another miracle run to the tournament finals.

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