Pack baseball takes momentum in ECU game

April 15, 2009 

N.C. State heads to Greenville today with some momentum as it looks to avenge a 14-4 loss to the Pirates on April 1 in Raleigh. On Tuesday night, State routed Wofford 12-0 behind a big day at the plate from outfielder Drew Poulk.

The Wolfpack (19-17) and the No. 23 Pirates (26-10) square off at 6 p.m. at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

Poulk, a junior transfer, went 3-for-5 with a pair of homers -- including a grand slam -- and drove in seven runs on Tuesday in the Pack's romp over the Terriers at Doak Field. Pratt Maynard and Dallas Poulk added three hits apiece as the Wolfpack pounded out 17 hits against Wofford (14-17).

Drew Poulk hit a three-run homer in the fifth to put the Wolfpack up 7-0 and smacked the grand slam in the eighth, lifting a pitch over the wall in left-center for the final 12-0 score.

Poulk is hitting .276 with five homers for the Wolfpack and is second on the team in RBIs with 27. Devon Cartwright leads the Pack with a .303 average and has four homers. Maynard shares the team lead in homers with Drew Poulk at five and has a team-high 30 RBIs.

East Carolina will try to break out of a 1-5 slide tonight.

The Pirates played No. 4 North Carolina and No. 3 Rice tough last week but came away with only one win. Over the weekend against Rice, ECU let an 11-4 lead slip away in a 15-11 loss on Friday, then won 4-1 on Saturday behind Seth Maness' three-hitter. The Pirates came up a run short in the series' deciding game on Sunday, losing 5-4.

On Tuesday, the Pirates suffered a disappointing 12-7 loss at home to Campbell in a game shortened to seven innings because of rain. In the eighth, the Pirates got a leadoff homer to cut the deficit to 12-8 and had the bases loaded with no outs when the rain became too heavy to continue play. After a 35-minute delay, the game was called and the score reverted back to the last completed inning -- making the final score 12-7 and no doubt leaving the Pirates frustrated.

The Pirates' frustration and the Pack's momentum should produce another intense and interesting matchup in the spirited in-state rivalry.

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