NC State baseball week in review

With just two games on the schedule, it was not a busy week, but it was a successful one.  NC State rallied in its first game against The Citadel, ending a tough seven game losing streak that was marked by an embarrassing loss to UNC-Wilmington and a sweep by perennial conference cellar-dweller Maryland.

Game one against The Citadel saw NC State fall behind 5-1 after three innings.  Wolfpack starter Phillip Davidson, though he pitched eight innings, gave up 6 runs and left the game with the Pack losing. Instead of giving up and resigning to an eighth straight loss, NC State scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to win the game.  The scoring began with Colt Morton's double, which scored Brian Wright (who had walked). After David Hicks was walked, SS Chad Orvella drove in the game-winner with a single.

NC State completed the sweep in game two and looked much better.  During its losing streak, the Pack gave up an average of 11 runs (!) per game.  The slumping staff came through with a good performance in game two, allowing just 2 runs.  Nate Cretarolo pitched five innings and allowed three hits and a single run.  Ryan Combs pitched the rest of the way for State, also giving up three hits and 1 run.  Justin Riley, who went 3-5 and drove in 3 runs, was the offensive leader for the Pack.

In the final week of the season, NC State (28-24, 4-17) will travel to UNC-Charlotte and then return home to face Virginia in the final series of the season.  One win will guarantee at least a .500 final record for State.  The regular season will end with a doubleheader on Saturday, May 18th.  NC State will be celebrating the coming of the new Doak with some special festivities.  The 1968 (reached College World Series) and 1992 (last ACC champs) teams will be honored in between games.  There will be a "groundbreaking" ceremony after the final game during which home plate will be dug up and preserved for the new stadium.  Should be a fun weekend for Wolfpack baseball, and hopefully we'll see some victories to go with the ceremonies.

The ACC tournament begins on Tuesday, May 21st in St. Petersburg, Florida.  The Wolfpack can still finish seventh in the conference if it sweeps the Wahoos and the Terps lose their last two conference games.  Barring a miracle, however, NC State's season will end in Florida.

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