UNCW, N.C. State Win First Two Contests At KLC

Keith LeClair
GREENVILLE, N.C. - UNC Wilmington edged out a 6-5 win over Virginia Tech in the first game of the Third Annual Keith LeClair Classic sponsored by Wachovia and Trade-Wilco Friday before N.C. State took out West Virginia in the second game by a score of 12-4.

N.C. State 12, West Virginia 4
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In game two of Friday's action at the Third Annual Keith LeClair Classic sponsored by Wachovia and Trade-Wilco, N.C. State defeated West Virginia, 12-4. With the score tied at three in the middle of the fifth, a five-run bottom half of the inning put the Wolfpack ahead en route to their tenth win of the season.

Four Wolfpack hitters finished with two hits while the team finished with 11. John Still finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scores while Matt Mangini and Jeremy Synan each drove in two. Aaron Bates and Brian Aragon both finished 1-for-4 with three runs scored on the day.

Eryk McConnell earned his third win of the season, allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out four. Matt Payne and Alan Letchworth combined to throw the final four innings.

Marty Fagler got the start for WVU and suffered his first loss of the year. In 4 2/3 innings pitched, Fagler gave up seven runs, but only two of which were earned, on seven hits while walking four and striking out three. Reliever Mike Schmidt did not record a batter before exiting and Brenden Bergerson tossed the final 3 1/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits.

David Carpenter finished the day 2-for-2 at the plate with a walk, a run and a RBI while Tyler Kuhn, Stan Posluszny and Kyle Matuszek also finished with two hits on the day.

WVU (3-1) started the scoring in the top of the second, plating a run to take the early lead. Matuszek and Casey Bowling singled to right before Carpenter hit a bloop single to center, scoring Matuszek from second.

N.C. State (10-1) tied the game up in the bottom half of the inning when Still, who doubled to lead off the inning, scored from third on an error by Carpenter on a fielder's choice grounder to third by Ryan Pond. Later in the inning, Matt Camp put the Wolfpack ahead 2-1 with an RBI single to center, scoring Pond from second.

Mangini drove home Still from second in the fourth with a single to right, pushing the Wolfpack lead to 3-1.

The Mountaineers tied the game up at three with two runs in the fifth. WVU's second run came when Posluszny's RBI groundout scored Kuhn from third. Matuszek then brought Doug Nelms home with a single to center, tying the ballgame.

The Wolfpack retook the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Diaz scored from third on a throwing error on first baseman Matuszek. Still then pushed the lead to 6-3 when his double down the line in left brought home Bates and Aragon. Another run came across for NCSU when consecutive wild pitches by Schmidt allowed Still to plate the Wolfpack's seventh run of the game. Schmidt walked the first four batters he faced, scoring pinch-hitter Synan before he was pulled for Bergerson who retired the first batter he faced.

WVU added a run in the sixth when Carpenter scored from third on a fielder's choice groundout.

NCSU added two more runs in both the sixth and the seventh innings to close the scoring at 12-4.

ECU and Penn State will play the final game Friday at approximately 5:40 p.m.

Feb. 24, 2006

UNC Wilmington 6, Virginia Tech 5
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UNC Wilmington won the first game of the Third Annual Keith LeClair Classic sponsored by Wachovia and Trade-Wilco by a score of 6-5 Friday morning over Virginia Tech. The Seahawks got a bases loaded hit-by-pitch in the top of the ninth that proved to be the difference in UNCW's sixth win of the season.

Leadoff man Chris Hatcher keyed the UNCW offense, going 2-for-5 with four RBI and one run scored. Matt Poulk (2-for-4, one run) and John Raynor (2-for-3) also finished with multiple hits for the Seahawks.

Thomas Benton picked up his second win of the season for UNCW. Benton allowed two runs on two hits while walking four and striking out three in six innings of work. Cody Dickens and Adam Paul tossed the final three innings with Paul picking up his second save of the season.

Bryan Thomas and Jose Cueto each finished 2-for-4 to lead the Hokie offense. Cueto picked up his first homer of the season and scored two runs while Thomas picked up two RBI on the day.

David Cross suffered the loss of the Hokies, giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits while walking three and striking out five in five innings of work. Adam Redd, Scott Stoehr and Nicky Bowers combined to toss the final four innings for VT.

UNCW (6-1) took an early lead when Hatcher hit a three-run homer to right in the top of the third. Wilmington added another run in the top of the sixth on a Hatcher sacrifice fly RBI.

Virginia Tech (2-1) first got on the board with two runs in the bottom half of the sixth. Back-to-back singles by Sheldon Adams and Bryan Thomas started off the Hokie inning with both runners scoring later on a sac fly and a fielder's choice.

The Seahawks pushed the lead to 5-2 in the top half of the inning before VT plated two more in the bottom half, cutting the lead to 5-4.

After UNCW added their sixth run in the top of the ninth, the Hokies got a solo homer off the bat of Cueto in the bottom of the ninth, closing the scoring at 6-5.