Pack Baseball: Weekend Wrap-Up

Pack Pride writer Austin Johnson takes a look at NC State's series win over No. 14 Clemson. The Wolfpack has now won two straight series over ranked opponents heading into the ACC Tournament.

Thursday: NC State 11 (35-18,15-13 ACC), No. 14 Clemson 4 (35-19,17-11)

Play of the game: Up 6-4 heading into the eighth inning, the Wolfpack put the game away with a five spot in the frame. Catcher Caleb Mangum delivered the biggest blow, crushing a three-run double to right field to cap off the scoring.

Top Performers:
Caleb Mangum -
2-4, Double, 4 RBIs, 2 Walks
The senior catcher added to his team-leading RBI total on Thursday night, driving in four runs. In addition to his three-run triple, Mangum drove in another run in the seventh when he walked with the bases loaded.

Tommy Foschi - 3-4, 2 Runs, 2 RBIs
The shortstop, playing in place of the injured Ramon Corona, had another stellar game for the Wolfpack. In limited time, Foschi is hitting a stellar .382, and added three singles on Friday to help the Pack to a series-opening win.

Notables:Clayton Shunick (5-2) picked up the win for the Pack, allowing just one run over five innings. The righty allowed just two hits, walked three and struck out four. Eryk McConnell picked up his 11th save, firing two scoreless innings. Matt Payne and Marcus Jones each picked up two hits in the game.

Friday: NC State 6 (36-18,16-13 ACC), Clemson 5 (35-20,17-12)

Play of the game: The Pack entered the ninth inning with the game tied at five and Dallas Poulk leading off. It didn't take long for Poulk to send the crowd home happy, as the second baseman launched the first pitch into the gap in right center. The ball hit the top of the wall before bouncing over, and Poulk was promptly mauled by his ecstatic teammates at home plate.

Top Performers:
Dallas Poulk -
2-4, Walk-off Home Run, 1 Run, 1 RBI
Poulk started off the Wolfpack offense with a single in the first, then ended the night with his home run. Poulk, who worked his way into the everyday line-up with his spectacular play, has moved all the way up to lead-off spot. He now leads the team with a .383 batting average.

Kyle Rutter, Jake Kensmoe and Sam Brown (2-1) - 1 2/3 IP, 0 Hits, 0 Walks, 1 Strikeout
Closer Eryk McConnell pitched two innings the night before, so Elliot Avent turned to a three-man combination to hold the Tigers at bay. Rutter came in to get the last two outs of the eighth with a runner on second base, Kensmoe started the ninth and got the first two batters out, then Brown came in and recorded the final out.

Notables: Eric Surkamp was relegated to yet another no decision, his team-leading seventh of the season. The lefty ace allowed four runs in six innings, giving up six hits. Surkamp struck out eight of the first 10 batters he faced, and tied his career-high with nine punchouts. Marcus Jones had his second straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 on the evening.

Saturday: Clemson 6 (36-20,18-12), NC State 3 (36-19,16-14 ACC)

Top Performers:
Clemson's Doug Hogan -
2-4, Home Run, Double, 2 Runs, 3 RBIs
In addition to his two-run double in the fifth inning, the Tiger catcher added a solo home run to cap off a three-run third inning for Clemson. Hogan now has 11 home runs on the season, tops among all catchers in the conference.

Ryan Pond - 2-2, 1 Run, 3 Walks
The Wolfpack offense struggled to get runners across the plate all game, but Pond had no trouble reaching base on Saturday. The right fielder didn't record an out all day, singling twice while drawing walks in his other three at-bats.

Notables: Jeff Stallings lasted just 2 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on four hit while walking three. The Wolfpack used seven pitchers in the game, the most they've used in a single game all season. Dallas Poulk continued his hot-hitting ways with a 3-for-5 performance from the leadoff spot.

Wolfpack Statistical Leaders

Batting Avg:
Dallas Poulk, .383
Hits: Caleb Mangum and Ryan Pond, 57
Runs:Pond, 47
Home Runs: Mike Roskopf, 11
RBIs: Mangum, 43
Stolen Bases: Ramon Corona, 10
Andrew Brackman, 6
Saves: Eryk McConnell, 11
ERA: McConnell, 1.32
Strikeouts: Eric Surkamp, 75
Innings Pitched: Surkamp, 85.2
Opp Batting Avg: McConnell, .219

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