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Wednesday Preview: East Carolina at N.C. State

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After dropping two of three this past weekend on the road against No. 19 UCF, East Carolina (16-7) looks to respond by claiming the season series over in-state rival N.C. State on Wednesday night in Raleigh.

The Wolfpack (16-6) suffered setbacks in games two and three of its series with No. 5 North Carolina this weekend, including a 7-4 loss in last night's nationally-televised ESPNU Game of the Week.

Here's more insight into the the midweek clash...

The Last Time They Met

- ECU bounced back from a 3-0 deficit after N.C. State touched freshman right-hander Jeff Hoffman for three runs on four consecutive base hits to start the second inning. The outburst was highlighted by a Ryan Mathews two-run home run.

- The Pirates tied the game in the bottom of the third behind an RBI single from John Wooten and a 2-R double to right-center courtesy of Drew Reynolds.

- The teams traded runs, tying the game at four, until the bottom of the sixth. Philip Clark delivered a run-scoring single to right to give East Carolina a 5-4 advantage and Jack Reinheimer came around to score later in the inning, putting the Purple and Gold ahead 6-4.

- Reynolds allowed a run in the ninth, but worked out of a jam to preserve a 6-5 triumph for ECU.

What Has Happened Since?

East Carolina ---

- at High Point: L, 10-2

- at No. 19 UCF (three-game series): L, 2-1; L, 10-6; W, 15-6

- In Sunday's win over the Knights, Jack Reinheimer clubbed a career-best five hits. The sophomore shortstop has recorded 10 knocks in his last 20 at-bats.

- Junior righty Jharel Cotton struck out a career-high 11 batters in the victory to earn his fifth victory of 2012, a mark which ties him for the most in Conference USA.

N.C. State ---

- at No. 5 North Carolina (three-game series): W, 3-1; L, 4-3; L, 7-4

Please continue to check the '10th Inning' as we gets closer to first pitch on Wednesday. We will continue to add news and notes to offer more insight into Round 2 between the Pirates and The Pack.

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