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. 24 NC State 11 (29-14, 12-10 ACC), No. 4 North Carolina 1 (35-10, 14-8)

Play of the game: With the bases loaded and no one out in the bottom of the second inning, Marcus Jones hit a deep fly ball to straight away center field. The ball just barely carried over the fence past the leaping attempt of the center fielder, giving the Wolfpack an early 4-0 lead.

Top Performers:
Dallas Poulk -
4-4, Double, 3 Runs, 3 RBIs, SB
Jones had the biggest hit of the night, but Poulk made a spectacular catch with the bases loaded in the third inning that was just as important. He also threw in a perfect 4-for-4 night at the plate, setting up Jones' home run with a bunt single in the second inning to load the bases.

Eric Surkamp (4-2) - 7 IP, 8 Hits, 1 Run, 2 Walks, 3 Strikeouts
Surkamp finally got the run support he's been missing for most of the season. He didn't have his most dominant performance, but scattered hits and didn't allow a run until the seventh inning when the score was 8-0 in favor of the Wolfpack.

Notables: Robert Woodard (7-2) took the loss, giving up eight runs on 12 hits, more runs than the senior had ever given up in a start. Pat Ferguson went a perfect 4-for-4 and scored three runs, while Ryan Pond went 3-for-4 and also touched home plate three times.

Saturday: North Carolina 9 (36-10, 15-8), NC State 3 (29-15, 12-11)

Play of the game: Wolfpack closer Eryk McConnell entered the game with a 0.80 ERA, but couldn't get the job done on Saturday. He came in at the start of the eighth inning with the Pack up 3-2 and six outs away from another big win over the Heels. But McConnell gave up three hits and three runs without recording an out, and the Tar Heels went on to put a six spot on the scoreboard in the inning.

Top Performers:
UNC's Dustin Ackley -
2-5, 2 Doubles, 2 Runs, 1 RBI
The Wolfpack had held Ackley, who came into the series batting around .450, in check until the sixth inning when he doubled. But the first baseman did the real damage in the eighth, when he drove in the tying run to start the six-run barrage.

Andrew Brackman - 7 IP, 3 Hits, 2 Runs, 4 Walks, 7 Strikeouts
Brackman started the game by giving up a home run to leadoff hitter Reid Fronk, but held Carolina in check afterwards. He left the game holding onto a slim 3-2 lead.

Notables: Rob Catapano (1-1) got his first win of the year for UNC in relief, while McConnell (2-2) took the loss. Jeremy Synan, Ramon Corona, Ryan Pond and Caleb Mangum each had a hit against Carolina starter Alex White.

Sunday: North Carolina 7 (36-10, 15-8), NC State 5 (29-15, 12-11)

Play of the game: With the game knotted at five in the top of the eighth inning, Reid Fronk hit a two-run homer off of NC State reliever Clayton Shunick to put the Tar Heels on top for good. For the second straight day, the Wolfpack blew a late one-run lead, as the Pack had a 5-4 lead going into the seventh.

Top Performers:
UNC's Reid Fronk –
2-4, 2 Home Runs, 3 Runs, 3 RBIs, Walk
In addition to the go-ahead shot, Fronk had the tying home run when he pulled a pitch from Jeff Stallings over the center field wall. The Tar Heel leadoff hitter had three homers in the final two games of the series.

Mike Roskopf – 1-3, Home Run, 1 Run, 2 RBIs, Walk
For a moment, it looked like Roskopf would be the hero for NC State on Sunday. After the Heels took the lead with two runs in the top of the sixth, the big lefty responded with a two-run home run in the bottom of the inning to give the Pack a 5-4 advantage.

Notables: Pack starter Jimmy Gillheeney went 5 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits. Andrew Taylor (2-2) took the loss for the Pack, while UNC reliever Matt Danford (3-0) got the win with two scoreless innings of work. Ryan Pond and Marcus Jones each had two hits for the Wolfpack.

Wolfpack Statistical Leaders

Batting Avg:
Pat Ferguson, .339
Hits: Caleb Mangum, 48
Runs:Joe Florio, 37
Home Runs: Mike Roskopf, 9
RBIs: Mangum and Ryan Pond, 32
Stolen Bases: Ramon Corona, 8
Andrew Brackman, 6
Saves: Eryk McConnell, 8
ERA: McConnell, 1.60
Strikeouts: Brackman, 69
Innings Pitched: Brackman, 74
Opp Batting Avg: Jeff Stallings, .233

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