Deacs Drop Finale to NC State 5-2
March 17, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The first four guys in the Wake Forest order combined for all six of the Demon Deacons' hits, but No. 17 NC State captured the series victory by taking Game 3 5-2 on Sunday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
With the win, the Wolfpack is now 16-5 overall and 3-3 in the ACC, while the Demon Deacons drop to 12-10 overall and 1-5 in conference play.
NC State started Ethan Ogburn pitched 5.2 innings without giving up an earned run to improve to 2-1 on the season. Ogburn scattered five hits and struck out four batters. Chris Overman faced the final two batters of the game to earn his third save of the year, while Matt Pirro dropped to 3-2 on the year after surrendering four earned runs through 4.1 innings.
Evan Stephens, Mark Rhine, Pat Blair and Matt Conway combined for all of the Deacs' hits on the day. Rhine and Blair led the way with two hits apiece, and Stephens and Conway each had one. Blair had Wake Forest's only extra-base hit of the day with a double, and Conway had the team's only RBI.
Pirro cruised through the first two innings of the game, but NC State led off the third with three straight hits to take a 2-0 lead. Blair and Conway recorded one-out hits in the fourth, and Blair would come around to score an unearned run to cut the lead in half at 2-1.
The Wolfpack scored two more in the fifth and one in the seventh to go up 5-1 and put the game out of reach. The Deacs got one run back in the ninth on a bases-loaded fielder's choice by Conway, but that was as close as Wake Forest would get.
The Demon Deacons will be back in action on Tuesday when they host Coastal Carolina at 5 p.m. at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.