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. 21 NC State 5 (25-10, 10-6 ACC), Miami 3 (21-15, 7-9) in 13 innings

Play of the game: Vince Gutierrez's walk to lead off the 13th inning. One horrible pick off attempt later, Gutierrez was scoring the go-ahead run. Alex Koronis actually balked on the attempt, but the throw went sailing past the first baseman allowing Gutierrez scampered to third. The Miami second baseman tried to gun down Gutierrez as he went to third but his ill-conceived throw from halfway across the field went flying down the third base line allowing Gutierrez to trot home.

Top Performers:
Caleb Mangum -
1-5, Home Run, 1 Run, 2 RBIs
NC State's stellar defensive catcher had just one hit, but it was a big one. His two-run jack in the top of the third inning gave the Pack a brief 3-0 lead and provided just enough of a cushion to push the game into extra innings.

Eric Surkamp - 7 IP, 3 Runs, 3 Walks, 8 Strikeouts
Another in a long line of tough luck outings for the lefty, as Surkamp held a 3-1 lead going into the sixth but allowed two runs to give him yet another no decision. But the bullpen came through for the team though, pitching 6 1/3 innings of scoreless ball.

Notables: Jeff Stallings (3-0) picked up the win by tossing the final two frames of the evening without allowing a run. Eryk McConnell added 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to help the Pack win the opening game of the series. Alex Koronis (3-2) took the loss for the Hurricanes, giving up two runs in 1 2/3 innings of work.

Saturday: Miami 5 (22-15, 8-9), NC State 1 (25-11, 10-7)

Play of the game: With the game scoreless in the third and runners at second and third, Miami's Mark Sobolewski hit a single in to right field to score two runners and give the Hurricanes the early lead. Those two runs would be all Miami needed the rest of the afternoon.

Top Performers:
Miami's Enrique Garcia (3-2)
9 IP, 5 Hits, 1 Run, 0 Walks, 12 Strikeouts
Garcia put together an absolutely dazzling performance for the Hurricanes on Saturday, throwing eight innings of shutout baseball before finally giving one up in the ninth. His 12 strikeouts sets a new career high.

Jeremy Synan - 2-4, Double
In a day void of offense for the Wolfpack, Synan was the lone player to record more than one hit. The left fielder doubled to right center in the fourth on a play that nearly scored catcher Caleb Mangum from first, but the umpire called Mangum out at home.

Notables: Andrew Brackman (6-3) took the loss despite eight innings of work. He allowed five runs on 10 hits, walked five men and struck out three. Drew Martin, Joe Florio and Pat Ferguson were the only players beside Mangum to get a hit off of Garcia. Ferguson had the team's lone RBI with a run-scoring double.

Sunday: NC State 19 (26-11, 11-7), Miami 9 (22-16, 8-10)

Play of the game: With the wind howling straight out to left field, runs weren't hard to come by for either team. The Wolfpack jumped on the board quickly though, scoring three in the first and then six in the second to grab a quick 9-0 lead. The biggest blow to the Hurricanes in the second came off the bat of Drew Martin, who put one over the fence in left field to make it 5-0 in favor of the visiting Pack.

Top Performers:
Marcus Jones –
4-6, Home Run, 2 Runs, 3 RBIs, Walk
Wearing No. 42 in honor of the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's Major League debut, Jones put together his best game of the season. His two-run show to right center in the sixth made it 16-6, and his four hits are a career high.

Ramon Corona – 3-6, 2 Runs, 1 RBI, Walk
Combining with Jones at the top of the lineup, Corona put together a stellar three-hit game for the Pack. Since starting the season with a prolonged slump, the junior shortstop has found his stroke – helping ignite the Wolfpack offense.

Notables: Andrew Taylor (2-1) picked up the win, tossing 3 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball. Of the 11 pitchers used in the game, he was one of just two that didn't give up a run on the hitting-friendly afternoon. Dallas Poulk, Mike Roskopf and Ryan Pond all had three-hit days, with every starter reaching base at least twice.

Wolfpack Statistical Leaders

Batting Avg:
Pat Ferguson, .354
Hits: Caleb Mangum, 41
Runs:Joe Florio, 36
Home Runs: Mike Roskopf, 7
RBIs: Ryan Pond, 31
Stolen Bases: Ramon Corona, 8
Andrew Brackman, 6
Saves: Eryk McConnell, 8
ERA: McConnell, 0.61
Strikeouts: Eric Surkamp, 56
Innings Pitched: Brackman, 61.1
Opp Batting Avg: McConnell, .200

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