Pack Baseball: Weekend Wrap-Up

Pack Pride writer Austin Johnson takes a look at NC State's performance in this weekend's Baseball at the Beach Tournament held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Friday: No. 21 NC State 5, West Virginia 1

Play of the game: Still a close 3-1 contest in the bottom of the eight, Corona smacked a double down the left-field line to drive in Vince Gutierrez and Joe Florio. The play was one of the few times the Wolfpack cashed in with men on base, as the Pack left 12 men stranded on the day.

Top Performers:
Jeff Stallings (2-0) -
6 IP, 3 Hits, 1 Run, 0 Walks, 6 Strikeouts
The weather-shortened series against Gardner-Webb put the junior righty in a relief role last weekend, but Stallings returned to the starting rotation Friday and delivered a dominant performance. He allowed one run on a solo home run in the fourth inning but allowed only two other hits all game.

Ramon Corona - 2-3, 2 Runs, 2 RBIs, 2 Walks
Mired in a slight early season slump, the junior second baseman put together his first multi-hit performance of the season against West Virginia. Corona also showed off his athleticism by shifting over to shortstop, a position he's played several times this season.

Notables: Florio went 3-4 with two runs scored while Marcus Jones, Ryan Pond and Jeremy Synan each had two-hit days. Kyle Rutter added 2 and 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to pick up his first save of the season.

Saturday: No. 21 NC State 4, No. 30 Coastal Carolina 0

Play of the game: Joe Florio gave the Pack all the cushion it would need in the top of the fourth, slapping a triple over the first base bag that scored Caleb Mangum and and Pat Ferguson. The 4-0 lead was plenty for the Wolfpack pitching staff. The Wolfpack handed the Chanticleers (8-1) their first loss of the season, while the Pack remained undefeated at 8-0.

Top Performers:
Andrew Brackman (3-0) -
7.1 IP, 6 Hits, 0 Runs, 1 Walk, 7 Strikeouts
The big right-hander has now thrown 12 1/3 innings without giving up a run, managing to scatter six hits and a walk over seven-plus innings on Saturday. Brackman leads the team with 18 punchouts and sports a microscopic 0.52 ERA.

Vince Gutierrez - 2-4, 2 Runs, 1 Walk
Playing second base, the junior college transfer scored both of the Wolfpack's first two runs, crossing the plate in the top of the first and again in the third. Gutierrez is batting and even .400 in limited playing time.

Notables: Florio and Ryan Pond each drove in two runs while Jeremy Synan had his second straight multi-hit game.

Sunday: No. 16 TCU 5, No. 21 NC State 3

Play of the game: The Horned Frogs scored four runs in the fourth inning without getting the ball out of the infield. TCU had two infield singles, three walks, a hit by pitch and an error. The inning proved to be the deciding factor as the Wolfpack (8-1) picked up their first loss of the season while TCU moved to 7-4 and picked up its only win of the weekend.

Top Performers:
Jeremy Synan –
2-4, 1 Run
The sophomore left fielder extended was the only Pack player to pick up more than one hit, grabbing two hits for the third consecutive game.

TCU's Seth Garrison – 6 2/3 IP, 6 Hits, 1 Run, 1 Walk, 4 Strikeouts
Garrison, who saved last Sunday's game for the Frogs, silenced the Wolfpack bats on Sunday en route to picking up his first win of the season. The junior helped TCU snap a three-game losing streak.

Notables: The contest was interrupted by rain in the seventh inning, delaying action for about an hour and a half. Ramon Corona played shortstop for the second consecutive game to make room for second baseman Vince Gutierrez in the line-up. Right fielder Ryan Pond had no hits in three at-bats, but is still hitting .360 and leads the team with three home runs and 15 RBIs.

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