Weekend Watch: Pack Opens ACC Play

NC State's baseball team opens ACC play this weekend with a three-game series against Maryaldn. Pack Pride's Austin Johnson takes a look at the match-up.

Series At A Glance
NC State (Overall: 11-4, Home: 8-0, Away: 1-1, Neutral: 2-3)
vs
Maryland
(Overall: 9-3, Home: 5-1, Away: 2-2, Neutral: 2-0)

Probable Starters

Friday
NC State: RHP Andrew Brackman (3-0) - 2.01 ERA, 24 Strikeouts, .214 Opp BA
Maryland: LHP Casey Baron (2-0) - 4.50 ERA, 14 Strikesouts, .330 Opp BA

Saturday
NC State: LHP Eric Surkamp (2-1) - 2.45 ERA, 19 Strikeouts, .254 Opp BA
Maryland: RHP Ryan Moorer (2-0) - 3.15 ERA, 12 Strikeouts, .250 Opp BA

Sunday
NC State: RHP Jeff Stallings (2-0) – 3.44 ERA, 16 Strikeouts, .248 Opp BA
Maryland: RHP Kevin Biringer (1-2) - 5.52 ERA, 15 Strikeouts, .255 Opp BA

Wolfpack In The Polls
Baseball America:
NR
Collegiate Baseball: #28
NCBWA: #27
Rivals.com: NR


Notables

  • NC State leads the all-time series, 90-47-1.
  • Last season, the Wolfpack swept the Terrapins in College Park, as they marked 11-4, 15-4, and 7-4 victories at Shipley Field from April 14-16.
  • Maryland's last victory came two seasons ago, when the Terps bested the Wolfpack, 15-6, in the series opener at Doak Field on March 11, 2005.
  • The Wolfpack has dropped three of its last five contest, losing to UNC-Greensboro on Tuesday afternoon before rebounding to beat North Carolina A&T on Wednesday. The Pack is still undefeated (8-0) at home.
  • In its last five games, dating back to the Keith LeClair Classic, NC State is hitting .214 (34-for-159) and has scored just 26 runs.
  • Ramon Corona is batting just .167 on the season but leads the team in runs scored thanks to a .375 on-base percentage. The junior middle infielder has 16 walks, tied with double-play partner Vince Gutierrez for the team lead.
  • Just two Wolfpack players have started all 15 games, Ryan Pond and Corona. The Pack has had 13 different players start at least four games.
  • Senior shortstop Dan Melvin led last years Terrapin team in batting average, hits, home runs, runs and RBIs. So far this season Melvin is batting .224 with one home run and seven RBIs.
  • One more Maryland victory would give the program its highest win total since 1972, when the Terps went 10-5. Maryland hasn't had a winning season since 1981, when they were 7-3.
  • Cincinnati Reds pitcher Eric Milton played at Maryland.


    Statistical Leaders

    NC State
    Batting Avg:
    Ryan Pond, .333
    Hits: Pond, 16
    Runs: Ramon Corona, 15
    Home Runs: Pond, 3 RBIs: Pond, 16
    Stolen Bases: Corona and Joe Florio, 4

    Wins: Andrew Brackman, 3
    Saves: Eryk McConnell, 4
    ERA: Jimmy Gillheeney, 1.59
    Strikeouts: Brackman, 24
    Innings Pitched: Brackman, 22.1
    Opp Batting Avg: Clayton Shunick, .149

    Maryland
    Batting Avg:
    Chad Durakis, .341
    Hits: AJ Casario, 16
    Runs: Gerry Spessard, 13
    Home Runs: Spessard and Joe Palumbo, 2 RBIs: Palumbo, 12
    Stolen Bases: Dan Melvin, 4

    Wins: Ryan Moorer, 3
    Saves: Brett Cecil, 3
    ERA: Time Kearney, 0.00
    Strikeouts: Cecil, 16
    Innings Pitched: Casey Baron, 24
    Opp Batting Avg: Kearney, .100

    Atlantic Coast Conference
    Batting Avg:
    Tony Thomas Jr. FSU, .527
    Hits: Thomas Jr., 39
    Runs: Thomas Jr., 32
    Home Runs: Yonder Alonso UM, 5
    RBIs: Buster Posey FSU and Mark Sobolewski UM, 25
    Stolen Bases: Greg Miclat UVA, 11

    Wins: Michael Hyde FSU, 5
    Saves: Eryk McConnell NCST and Michael Seander DU, 4
    ERA: Time Kearney, 0.00
    Strikeouts:Sean Doolittle UVA and Jacob Thompson UVA, 28
    Innings Pitched:Hyde, 29
    Opp Batting Avg: Tony Bajoczky DU, .160


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