Pack Baseball: Weekend Wrap-Up

Pack Pride writer Austin Johnson takes a look at NC State's performance this weekend on the diamond.

Friday: Maryland 6 (10-3, 1-0 ACC), No. 27 NC State 3 (11-5, 0-1)

Play of the game: With the bases loaded and one run already in, AJ Casario blooped a ball into no-mans land down the left field line and brought in two runners in a five-run third inning for the Terrapins. Maryland had five singles and reached on both a fielder's choice and an error in the inning.

Top Performers:
Andrew Brackman (3-1) -
9 IP, 5 ER, 6 Hits, 1 Walk, 9 Strikeouts
Apart from one bad inning where a couple of weakly hit balls found openings and everything seemed to go wrong, Brackman was dominate. The big right-hander struck out nine batters and used 122 pitches in a complete-game effort

Maryland's Casey Baron (3-0) - 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 Hits, 1 Walk, 3 Strikeouts
Baron wasn't overpowering, but he kept the Wolfpack bats silent all day. He did allow two unearned runs before coming out in the seventh inning, but State couldn't capitalize against the Maryland relievers either.

Notables: The Terrapins picked up their 10th win of the season, matching their highest win total since the 1971 season. Drew Marting was the only Wolfpack player with more than one hit, going 2-4 with a run scored.

Saturday: Maryland 4 (11-3, 2-0), NC State 2 (11-6, 0-2)

Play of the game: Maryland's Jon Greenwich stepped to the plate in the top of the ninth with the game tied at two. The pinch hitter launched the second pitch from State reliever Andrew Taylor over the wall in left field to give the Terrapins the game-winning run.

Top Performers:
Maryland's Mike Murphy
3-3, Walk, 2 Doubles, Home Run, 1 Run, 3 RBIs
Murphy hit a solo shot in the top of the second inning to tie the game at one, had an RBI double in the seventh to give Maryland a 2-1 advantage, then had another RBI double in the ninth to make it 4-2.

Caleb Mangum - 3-4, Double, 1 RBI
The Pack banged out 10 hits, led by Mangum with three, but had just two extra-base hits and left 11 runners stranded. The senior catcher has pulled his average up to .281 and is third on the team with 13 RBIs.

Notables: Eric Surkamp another solid outing but again came away winless, going seven innings and giving up just two runs on two hits, striking out seven. Ramon Corona continued his season-long hitting slump, going 0-for-5 on the day. Andrew Taylor (0-1) took the loss, going 2/3 of an inning and giving up two runs.

Sunday: NC State 20 (12-6, 1-2), Maryland 3 (11-4, 2-1)

Play of the game: The NC State bats came to life all at once on Sunday during a 13-run fifth inning. With nine of those runs already across, Caleb Mangum capped it all off with a grand slam over the right-center field wall.

Top Performers:
Joe Florio –
3-5, 3 Runs, 1 RBI
Moving up the lead-off spot as the designated hitter, Florio did his job as a table-setter for the Wolfpack offense. Florio had three singles and scored three runs in the Pack's best offensive performance to date.

Pat Ferguson – 3-4, 2 Runs, 2 RBIs
One of five players with multiple hits in the game, the first baseman contributed three of the Pack's 18 hits on the day. He also drove in a pair of runs, both in the fifth inning on infield hits.

Notables: Jimmy Gillheeney (1-1) picked up his first win, taking over for starter Jeff Stallings in the fourth inning and throwing four innings of one-run baseball. The Wolfpack has now lost six of its last 10 contests since starting the year 9-0.

Wolfpack Statistical Leaders

Hitting Leaders
Batting Avg:
Ryan Pond, .345
Hits: Pond, 20
Runs: Ramon Corona and Joe Florio, 18
Home Runs: Pond, 3
RBIs: Pond, 17
Stolen Bases: Corona, 5

Pitching Leaders
Andrew Brackman, 3
Saves: Eryk McConnell, 4
ERA: Jimmy Gillheeney, 1.71
Strikeouts: Brackman, 33
Innings Pitched: Brackman, 31.1
Opp Batting Avg: Clayton Shunick, .149

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