Tarran Senay hit an RBI single to right field in the bottom of the 11th inning to give N.C. State a 4-3 victory over East Carolina Wednesday night at Doak Field in Raleigh.
The Pirates drop to 16-8 on the year while the Wolfpack improves to 17-5.
Here's more insight into the midweek thriller...
- The Pack grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Andrew Ciencin singled with one out and came around to score on Senay's RBI double. Senay eventually crossed home on a Bryan Adametz run-scoring groundout.
- N.C. State extended its lead by tacking on another run in the bottom half of the third. Chris Diaz drove in Brett Austin - who reached on a two-out single - with an RBI two-bagger to left.
- East Carolina knotted the score at three with a trio of runs in the fourth stanza. The Pirates collected four consecutive knocks to begin the inning. Tim Younger and Corey Thompson laced singles before Wooten brought home Younger with an RBI double. Drew Reynolds drove in the second run for ECU with a base hit to right. Chase McDonald capped the scoring with a run-scoring sacrifice fly.
- Neither team was able to put another run on the board until State's game-winner in the 11th. Pirate reliever Andy Smithmyer walked Brett Austin, who eventually moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Diaz. After ECU intentionally walked Danny Canela, Drew Reynolds entered the game to pitch for the visitors. Ciencin advanced the runners into scoring position with a long fly ball to right field before Senay plated Austin with a single, which landed wide of a diving Philip Clark.
News and Notes
- East Carolina true freshman Jeff Hoffman notched his second career start and continued to impress. The lanky right-hander surrendered three runs (all earned) on six hits while striking out a pair in 6 2/3 innings of work.
- Despite suffering the loss, Andy Smithmyer was brilliant out of the bullpen. He lasted 3 2/3 frames, walked four and struck out three. N.C. State did not record a base knock against the junior college transfer.
- John Wooten continued his torrid stretch, extending his hitting streak to 11 games with a pair of doubles. He finished the game 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.
- RHP Ryan Wilkins earned the win for the Wolfpack, tossing 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
- The Pirates had several chances to seize the lead late in the ballgame. East Carolina left a runner at third in the top of the eighth and the bases loaded in the 10th.
ECU returns to action this weekend with a three-game series against Conference USA foe UAB. Check out the '10th Inning' this weekend for extended coverage of the second league series of the 2012 campaign.