Weekend Watch: State Hosts Virginia Tech

NC State's baseball team looks to build on a three-game winning streak this weekend when it hosts Virginia Tech. Pack Pride's Austin Johnson takes a look at the match-up.

Series At A Glance
NC State (Overall: 14-6, Home: 11-2, Away: 1-1, Neutral: 2-3, ACC: 1-2)
vs
Virginia Tech
(Overall: 12-6, Home: 4-1, Away: 5-4, Neutral: 3-1, ACC: 2-1)

Probable Starters

Friday
NC State: RHP Andrew Brackman (3-1) - 2.87 ERA, 33 Strikeouts, .205 Opp BA
Virgina Tech: RHP Greg Fryman (2-1) - 4.62ERA, 16 Strikeouts, .317 Opp BA

Saturday
NC State: LHP Eric Surkamp (2-1) - 2.49 ERA, 26 Strikeouts, .215 Opp BA
Virgina Tech: LHP Andrew Wells (2-1) - 5.73 ERA, 14 Strikeouts, .311 Opp BA

Sunday
NC State: RHP Jeff Stallings (2-0) – 3.38 ERA, 17 Strikeouts, .259 Opp BA
Virgina Tech: RHP David Cross (1-2) – 2.89 ERA, 35 Strikeouts, .194 Opp BA


Notables

  • NC State leads the all-time series, 25-11-2
  • Last season, the Wolfpack split a rain-shorted series in Blacksburg last season. The Pack demolished the Hokies 21-3 in game one but lost the second game by a 7-6 score.
  • The Wolfpack has won its last three games – defeating Maryland on Sunday 20-3 then sweeping a mid-week series against Valparaiso, 9-0 and 9-4.
  • In its last three games, the Wolfpack scored 38 runs (12.7 runs per game) and batted.417 as a team.
  • In 178 innings so far this season, NC State pitchers have put zeros on the scoreboard 133 times, and allowed the lead-off hitter in an inning to reach base just 47 times.
  • Pete Hughes, former Boston College head coach, is in his first season with the Hokies. He replaces Chuck Hartman, who ended a 28-year run as Virginia Tech head coach when he retired last June.
  • Hokie third baseman Bryan Thomas has gone 7-for-14 at the plate in his four career games against the Pack. Thomas has five RBIs, two doubles and a triple in those games.


    Statistical Leaders

    NC State
    Batting Avg:
    Joe Florio and Ryan Pond, .350
    Hits: Jeremy Synan, Pond and Florio 21
    Runs: Florio, 21
    Home Runs: Pond, 3 RBIs: Pond, 18
    Stolen Bases: Ramon Corona, 6

    Wins: Andrew Brackman, 3
    Saves: Eryk McConnell, 4
    ERA: Clayton Shunick, 1.59
    Strikeouts: Brackman, 33
    Innings Pitched: Brackman, 31.1
    Opp Batting Avg: Shunick, .148

    Virginia Tech
    Batting Avg:
    Sean O'Brien, .343
    Hits: O'Brien, 24
    Runs: Nate Parks, 18
    Home Runs: Jose Cueto, 4 RBIs: Bryan Thomas, 20
    Stolen Bases: Nate Parks, 18

    Wins: Rhett Ballard, 3
    Saves: Ballard and Adam Redd, 1
    ERA: Redd, 1.42
    Strikeouts: David Cross, 35
    Innings Pitched: Cross, 28
    Opp Batting Avg: Randy Buffington, .071

    Atlantic Coast Conference
    Batting Avg:
    Tony Thomas Jr. FSU, .537
    Hits: Thomas Jr., 44
    Runs: Thomas Jr., 36
    Home Runs: Yonder Alonso UM, Matt Wieters GT and Allan Dykstra WF, 5
    RBIs: Buster Posey FSU, 28
    Stolen Bases: Nate Parks VT, 18

    Wins: Michael Hyde FSU, 6
    Saves: Brett Cecil MD, 5
    ERA: Alex White UNC, 0.68
    Strikeouts:David Cross VT and Bryan Henry FSU, 34
    Innings Pitched:Henry, 35.1


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