Pack Baseball: Weekend Wrap-Up

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

Friday: NC State 6 (17-7, 4-3 ACC), Wake Forest 4 (13-11, 2-5) in 10 innings

Play of the game: Joe Florio smacked an RBI triple with one out in the top of the 11th inning to give the Pack a 5-4 lead. Florio started in center field for the first time this season and went 2-for-5 in the leadoff spot for the Pack.

Top Performers:
Ryan Pond -
3-4, 2 Runs, 1 RBI, Walk
Pond was bothered by a tweaked right hamstring last weekend that kept him out of the lineup for one game and relegated to DH in the other two. The junior certainly looks to be feeling better after a week of rest, delivering three hits at the top of the lineup for the Pack.

Eric Surkamp - 7 IP, 5 Hits, 4 Runs, 1 Walk, 8 Strikeouts
Surkamp once again delivered a solid outing but didn't pick up the win, continuing a near season-long string of bad-luck in the win department. The lefty started the year 2-0 but hasn't picked up a win since February 18th despite a stellar 3.00 ERA.

Notables: Eryk McConnell (2-1) picked up the win fore the Wolfpack with an inning and a third of scoreless work. Dallas Poulk had three hits as the starting second baseman and is hitting .448 for the year, while Mike Roskopf and Caleb Mangum also delivered multi-hit performances.

Saturday (Game 2): Wake Forest 16 (17-8, 4-4), NC State 3 (14-11, 3-5)

Play of the game: Andrew Brackman was effectively wild through the first four innings of the game, giving up just one run despite five walks. But things fell apart for the big righty in the fifth, as Brackman gave up two home runs, a triple, a double and a single without recording an out. The nail in the coffin came from Evan Ocheltree, who roped a two-run homer to right field to send Brackman to the showers. Brackman (4-2) had his worst outing of the year with nine hits and six runs in just four innings.

Top Performers:
Wake's Allan Dykstra
- 4-3, 2 Doubles, Home Run, 2 Runs, 6 RBIs, 2 Walks
Last year's ACC Freshman of the Year showed off the power stroke that makes him the most prolific power hitter in the conference. Dykstra led off the fifth inning with a solo blast, then roped a bases clearing triple into the gap in right center in the sixth. Not quite content with his day, he smacked a two-RBI double down the right field line in the seventh.

Wake's Dustin Hood - 3-3, 2 Runs, 2 RBIs, 2 Walks, HBP, SB
Hood didn't record an out in six plate appearances, scoring two runs and driving in two. He led off the second by getting plunked, singled in the third, doubled and singled in the fifth, and walked in the sixth and the seventh.

Notables: Clayton Shunick was tattooed by the Demon Deacon line-up, giving up eight runs on eight his in 1 1/3 innings of work. The Pack hadn't given up more than 10 runs in any game this year, and opponents are averaging right around four runs a game against NC State. Seven of the nine Deacon starters had multi-hit games as Wake Forest piled up 19 hits and struck out just four times.

Sunday: NC State 3 (18-8, 5-4), Wake Forest 2 (14-12, 3-6)

Play of the game: With a man on second and two out in the bottom of the ninth in a 3-2 game, the dangerous Allan Dykstra walked to the plate for Wake Forest. Avent elected to walk the conferences leading home run hitter, and the move paid off immediately as Wily Fox harmlessly grounded out to end the game.

Top Performers:
Jimmy Gillheeney (2-1) –
5.2 IP, 3 Hits, 1 Run, 1 Walk, 9 Strikeouts
The freshman left-hander showed why he earned a spot in the weekend rotation, keeping the Wake Forest hitters off-balance all game. Gillheeney struck out a career-high nine batters but ran up a high enough pitch count that he was taken out with two down in the sixth. The freshman through 98 pitches.

Caleb Mangum – 2-4, Home Run, 1 Run, 2 RBIs
The senior catcher gave NC State the lead in the top of the fourth with a lead-off home run to left field, and also drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single in the first inning. Mangum is tied for the team lead with four home runs and is fourth on the team with 17 RBIs.

Notables: Eryk McConnell gave up his first earned run of the season but still picked up his sixth save. Joe Florio continued his solid work out of the leadoff spot, going 2-for-5 and scoring a run while first baseman Pat Ferguson reached base in all three appearances.

Wolfpack Statistical Leaders

Batting Avg:
Joe Florio, .357
Hits: Florio, 30
Runs:Florio, 26
Home Runs: Ryan Pond and Caleb Mangum, 4
RBIs: Pond, 21
Stolen Bases: Ramon Corona, 6
Andrew Brackman, 5
Saves: Eryk McConnell, 6
ERA: McConnell, 0.47
Strikeouts: Eric Surkamp and Brackman, 38
Innings Pitched: Brackman, 40.1
Opp Batting Avg: McConnell, .211

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