College Baseball Roundup: Shepard grand slam sends NC State past Davidson

News ServicesFebruary 26, 2014 

— Chance Shepard smacked a fourth-inning grand slam to propel sixth-ranked N.C. State to a 7-5 nonconference college baseball victory Tuesday over Davidson.

The game turned on Shepard’s grand slam. Jake Fincher led off the inning with a walk, Bobby Riley singled and both advanced on a throwing error. Brett Austin walked to load the bases before Logan Ratledge’s fly to center was misplayed for an RBI to give the Wolfpack (7-1) a 2-1 lead. Shepard then tagged the first pitch of his at-bat from Rob Bain to clear the bases as N.C. State notched its seventh consecutive win.

The Wildcats scored four times in the fifth, with David Daniels delivering a two-run single. They would get no closer as Andrew Woeck and Jon Olczak combined to allow only three hits over five shutout innings.

For the game, Fincher, Trea Turner, Riley and Andrew Knizner each had two hits for N.C. State. Forrest Brandt had three hits from Davidson’s leadoff spot.

College of Charleston 5, Charlotte 2: T.J. Nichting went 3-for-4 with a triple for the 49ers (2-3), but two errors during the third opened the door for the host Cougars (7-1) to score four times and claim the victory. Carl Wise had a two-out, two-run double during the third for College of Charleston.

No. 17 North Carolina 12, Appalachian State 1: The Tar Heels (4-3) parlayed five walks, two hits and an error into six first-inning runs against the Mountaineers (0-8). Joe Dudek delivered the big hit, a two-out, two-run single. Michael Pierson had two of Appalachian State’s five hits.

No. 13 Clemson 4, Presbyterian 2: Steven Duggar had a two-out, two-run triple and Steve Wilkerson an RBI bunt single to put the host Tigers (6-1) ahead 3-1 in the first. The Blue Hose (4-3-1) used a squeeze bunt from Derek Long in the second to pull within a run but could get no closer as five Clemson pitchers allowed three hits.

Virginia Commonwealth 3, East Carolina 0: Daniel Concepcion struck out seven over 6 2/3 innings, and Logan Farrar drove in two runs help the Rams (7-1) deal the visiting Pirates (3-5) their fourth consecutive loss. East Carolina loaded the bases with two outs in the third and the seventh innings but couldn’t score.

Elon 3, UNC Wilmington 2: Pinch-hitter Wil Leathers’s single in the eighth scored Sebastian Gomez from second to give the host Phoenix (6-1) the victory. The Seahawks (4-4) got their runs in the second on Robbie Thorburn’s double.

Winthrop 13, USC Upstate 5: TJ Olesczuk went 5-for-5 with four RBIs, finishing a homer run short of the cycle, for the host Eagles (5-3), who pounded out 20 hits against the Spartans (4-5). Olesczuk had an RBI double in the second, run-scoring singles in the fourth and seventh and an RBI triple in the sixth.

High Point 16, N.C. Central 3: Kyle Brandenburg went 3-for-3 with two triples and three RBIs and Dane McDermott had a bases-clearing triple during a seven-run first for the host Panthers (4-4). Tyson Simpson went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Eagles (1-5-1).

Coker 2, Barton 1: Fico Kondla’s seventh-inning leadoff home run gave the Cobras (9-3) the victory at Barton.

North Greenville 5, Brevard 1: The Tornados (5-7) had the potential tying run at the plate in the ninth with no outs but a strikeout and a double play ended their chance at victory at North Greenville (3-8). Tyler Mitchell slugged a solo homer in the third to put the Crusaders ahead 4-0.

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