March 29, 2006
RALEIGH, N.C. - Matt Camp's one out single in the bottom of the ninth scored Caleb Mangum to give No. 21 N.C. State a 5-4 win over East Carolina Wednesday night at Doak Field.
Sam Walls picked up his third win of the season for the Pack (22-8) tossing 2 1/3 innings of relief. Starter Jason Duncan lasted 2 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on three hits and striking out three.
Camp and Aaron Bates collected six of the 12 Wolfpack hits, while scoring three runs.
Freshman Josh Dowdy got the loss for the Pirates (17-10) after throwing 2/3 of an inning in relief of Jason Neitz. Neitz continued his stellar performance working 2 2/3 innings and allowing one run in relief. Starter Shane Mathews gave up three runs (all earned) in five innings of work, allowing seven hits and striking out three.
The Pirates collected nine hits on the night getting three from third baseman Drew Schieber (3-for-4) and two each from Jamie Ray (2-for-4) and Dale Mollenhauer (2-for-4). Senior Jake Smith drove in a pair of runs in the game and established a new career-high in RBI with 32.
ECU jumped on the board early in the top of the first inning on Smith's RBI ground out to shortstop, which scored Ray from third to give the Pirates an early 1-0 lead. Ray, who extended his hit streak to seven games, led off the inning with a triple, the second of his career.
In the second inning the Pirates plated a pair of runs to extend the lead to 3-0. Mollenhauer drove in the first run on a RBI single to right field, which scored Ryan Wood and advanced Schieber to third. Smith knocked in his second run of the day with a sacrifice fly that scored Schieber.
ECU added another run in the top of the fifth when pinch hitter Ryan Tousley drew a bases loaded walk to score Mollenhauer giving the Pirates a 4-0 lead.
The Wolfpack scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to close the gap to 4-3. Ramon Corona got the scoring going on a single to right-center that scored Camp from second base. Corona advanced to third on Bates' single and then scored on a Neitz wild pitch, just before Brian Aragon's sac fly scored Bates to make it a one run game.
Aaron Cone's two-out pinch hit double in the bottom of the eighth scored Bates to knot the game at four.
Mangum's single down the left field line in the bottom of the ninth set up the winning run.
The Pirates will be back in action this weekend when they continue Conference USA play against Houston at Clark-LeClair Stadium.