Pack Baseball: Weekend Wrap-Up

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

Friday: No. 27 NC State 24 (20-8, 6-4 ACC), Boston College 4 (8-12-1, 4-6)

Play of the game: In a game full of big hits for the Pack, Mike Roskopf delivered the biggest blow. The Pack took a 2-0 lead into the fifth and promptly loaded the bases for the big lefty, who delivered a grand slam blast to center field to break the game open.

Top Performers:
Mike Roskopf -
4-6, 2 Home Runs, 3 Runs, 6 RBIs, Walk
On top of his grand slam in the fifth, Roskopf led off the sixth with homer to right field. He also singled in the fourth and in the ninth to lead all Wolfpack players with four hits and six RBIs.

Ramon Corona - 3-6, Home Run, 3 Runs, 4 RBIs, Walk
The junior second baseman has struggled to find consistency all season, but broke out with a three-hit performance on Friday afternoon. Corona capped off the day with a three-run homer in the top of the eighth.

Notables: Eric Surkamp (3-1) picked up the win for the Wolfpack, finally getting some run support and breaking a two-month winless streak. Surkamp gave up four hits, two runs, four walks and five strikeouts in six innings pitched. Every starter for the Pack had at least one run, one hit and one RBI. Boston College committed five errors that led to five unearned runs.

Saturday: NC State 10 (21-8, 7-4 ACC), Boston College 1 (8-13-1, 4-7)

Play of the game: Ryan Pond broke open the game in the second inning with a three-run homer down the left field line to make the score 6-0 in favor of the Wolfpack. Pond leads the Pack with five home runs on the season.

Top Performers:
Andrew Brackman (5-2)
- 7 IP, 4 Hits, 1 Run, 3 Walks, 7 Strikeouts
Brackman rebounded from a sub-par start last week to dominate the Eagles on Saturday. The hard-throwing righty hit a batter and walked two in the first inning but cruised from there on out, retiring 22 of his last 28 batters.

Caleb Mangum - 3-4, Double, 1 Run, 2 RBIs
Mangum continues to provide steady offense for the Wolfpack, knocking RBI singles in the first and second inning then adding a lead-off double in the eighth. The junior catcher also shifted over to left field briefly late in the game.

Notables: Clayton Shunick pitched two scoreless innings for the Pack a week after giving up eight runs to the Demon Deacons. Pat Ferguson and Mike Roskopf each had two hits, while Pond led the way with four RBIs.

Sunday: NC State 6 (22-8, 8-4 ACC), Boston College 2 (8-14-1, 4-8)

Play of the game: In a game with little excitement, the biggest play came after Mike Roskopf hit an single to right field to load the bases. Caleb Mangum strayed a little off second base on the play, and the Boston College catcher tried to gun him down but the throw went into center field. Pat Ferguson scored on the errant throw and Ryan Pond followed with a sac fly to open up a four-run Wolfpack lead.

Top Performers:
Jimmy Gillheeney (3-1) –
5.2 IP, 6 Hits, 2 Runs, 1 Walk, 4 Strikeouts
The freshman won his second-straight since being promoted to the Sunday starting slot. Gillheeney started the game by tossing four scoreless innings before giving up a run in the fifth and the sixth.

Mike Roskopf – 3-4, Home Run, 2 Runs, 2 RBIs
Roskopf delivered his second huge game of the weekend on Sunday out of the designated hitter slot. He opened up the Wolfpack scoring with an RBI double in the fifth, singled in the fifth and then cranked a solo shot to right field in the eighth.

Notables: The win was the 400th for Elliot Avent at NC State. Avent is 400-243 at State and 625-454 in his college career. The Wolfpack bullpen combined for 3 1/3 innings of no-hit ball. The Pack recorded its first three-game sweep since the opening series of the season.

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