Wake Forest Falls 12-6 to NC State in Series Opener
March 15, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - NC State collected 19 hits en route to a 12-6 win over Wake Forest in the series opener on Friday night at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
The Wolfpack improves to 15-4 overall and .500 in ACC play at 2-2, while the Demon Deacons are now 11-9 overall and 0-4 in the conference.
Tarran Senay was one of six NC State players to record multiple hits and led the way by going 5-for-5 with a home run, three RBIs and three runs scored.
Matt Conway and Mark Rhine led the way offensively for Wake Forest, as both players turned in two-hit days. Conway was 2-for-5 with an RBI, while Rhine was 2-for-3 with a walk. Jimmy Redovian also hit his first-career home run off of NC State starter Carlos Rodon for his only hit of the night.
Rodon earned the win by pitching 6.0 innings and striking out eight batters. Austin Stadler suffered the loss for the Deacs, pitching 5.0 innings and giving up nine runs (six earned).
Both Rodon and Stadler started strong out of the gate, as each pitcher only faced seven batters through the first two innings. Stadler was on his way to a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the third, but an error extended the Wolfpack at bat and allowed two unearned runs to come across the plate.
NC State scored three more times in the top of the fourth inning to make the game 5-0 before Wake Forest was able to cross the plate. Pat Blair led off the inning with a walk and stole second base two batters later. Jack Carey then walked as well, and after another out was recorded, both runners stole a bag to put guys on second and third. Brett Armour then provided a clutch two-out, two-run single to right field to make the score 5-2.
The Wolfpack answered right back with four runs in the top of the fifth, and after Redovian's home run in the bottom of the inning, NC State scored two more in the top of the sixth to make the game 11-3.
The Demon Deacons cut the lead to five at 11-6 with three runs in the bottom of the seventh. All three runs in the inning were unearned after NC State made three consecutive errors to start the inning. Blair recorded an RBI on an error by the Wolfpack shortstop and came around to score later on a passed ball, while Matt Conway also picked up an RBI single in the inning.
Senay then ended the scoring with his fifth hit of the night in the top of the eighth - a home run over the right field wall.
Wake Forest and NC State will be back in action tomorrow for Game 2 of the series at 4 p.m. at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.