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. 1 Florida State 10 (30-3, 9-1 ACC), No. 21 NC State 4 (23-9, 8-5)

Play of the game: State clung to a scant 3-2 lead through six innings, but the Seminoles feasted on the Wolfpack bullpen in the seventh. The Noles scored six runs on five hits and two walks, with the final blow coming off the bat of Brandon Reichert. The first baseman drove in the final two runs of the inning with a double down the right field line.

Top Performers:
FSU's Brandon Reichert -
2-4, Double, Home Run, 1 Run, 4 RBIs
In addition to the two-run double that capped a six run innning for the Seminoles, Reichert added a solo home run in the top of then ninth and had a sac fly in the second.

Eric Surkamp - 5 2/3 IP, 7 Hits, 2 Runs, 1 ER, 1 Walk, 5 Strikeouts
Another in a long line of tough luck outings for the lefty, as Surkamp held the Seminole bats in check and exited with a lead. But the bullpen couldn't hold on to the lead, giving up eight runs in three innings of work. For the season, Surkamp has nine starts but just three wins despite a stellar 2.84 ERA.

Notables: Mike Roskopf led the Pack with two hits and two RBIs, while Ramon Corona and Dallas Poulk each added two hits. Bryan Henry continued his unbeaten season, moving to 8-0 on the year as the Noles Friday starter. Clayton Shunick (3-2) was tagged with the loss, giving up four runs in 2/3 of an inning.

Saturday: NC State 8 (24-9, 9-5), Florida State 6 (30-4, 9-2)

Play of the game: With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the third, Ramon Corona lofted a lazy fly ball to center field. Luckily for the Pack, Seminole center fielder D'Vontrey Richardson turned the routine into the exciting, dropping the ball and allowing three runs to score to give the Wolfpack an early edge. The play was Richardson's second botched fly ball of the inning and led to his prompt removal from the game in the top of the fourth.

Top Performers:
Mike Roskopf
2-3, Home Run, 2 Runs, 2 RBIs, Walk
The big lefty continued his recent hot streak on Saturday, cranking an opposite field home run in the seventh inning to give the Pack a much needed insurance run. He was also right in the middle of the action in the six-run third inning, drawing a two-out walk that brought Corona to the plate for his game-changing fly ball.

Eryk McConnell - Save, 2IP, 3 Hits, 1 Run, 2 Strikeouts
It wasn't a perfect outing, but after the bullpen blew a late lead on Friday, McConnell took the reigns for two innings on Saturday and closed the door on the Seminoles comeback hopes. McConnell gave up just his second earned run of the season and picked up his eighth save.

Notables: Andrew Brackman (6-2) picked up the win by going seven strong innings for the Pack. He allowed five runs, just two earned, on seven hits and struck out three. Michael Hyde (8-2) picked up the loss as a victim of his defense, going just 2 2/3 of an inning and allowing six runs but just one earned run. Caleb Mangum added three hits for the Pack in the two-hole, going 3-5 with an RBI.

Sunday: Florida State 6 (31-4, 10-2), NC State 5 (24-10, 9-6)

Play of the game: With the Pack leading 4-2 and the bases full of Seminoles, Brandon Reichert sliced a double down the right field line. The ball rattled into the corner, clearing the bases and giving the Seminoles its first lead of the day.

Top Performers:
Dennis Guinn –
2-5, Home Run, Run, 2 RBIs
The left fielder got to starting pitcher Jimmy Gillheeney in the sixth inning with a two run blast to left field that effectively ended the freshman's day on the mound. He also had a harmless single in the top of the ninth inning against closer Eryk McConnell.

Drew Martin – 1-3, Home Run, Run, 3 RBIs
Martin's three-run blast in the bottom of the fourth inning helped send Florida State starter Ryan Strauss to the showers early and looked like it could open the door for the Pack offense. But the Pack failed to capitalize against the Seminole bullpen, which allowed just one run in 6 1/3 innings.

Notables: The NC State bullpen blew its second lead in three days, giving up 3 runs in 3 2/3 innings of work. Nate Karns (2-2) took the loss. Casey Whitmer (1-0) picked up the win for the Seminoles with 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Ramon Corona, Mike Roskopf and Caleb Mangum each had two hits for the Pack.

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