East Carolina shuts down NC State in baseball for 7-0 win

Bhaines@newsobserver.comApril 9, 2014 

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    There would be no late-game heroics for N.C. State this time around, as East Carolina attacked early then leaned on the right arm of Brett Mabry to take 7-0 win against the No. 25 Wolfpack in front of a season-high 4,214 fans at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Wednesday.

    Mabry (3-0) scattered five hits and struck out six in six innings.

    Logan Jernigan (4-3), a junior from South Johnston, was saddled with the loss, yielding four earned runs in six innings.

    Just a week ago, N.C. State (19-14) climbed out to a 3-0 lead, then staved off a ninth-inning rally by the Pirates thanks to a diving catch by center fielder Jake Fincher with two outs and the bases loaded to preserve a 3-2 victory.

    The Pirates (20-13) wasted no time getting on the board in the rematch, using small-ball tactics to take a 4-0 lead by the end of the fourth inning before blowing the game open with a three-run surge in the seventh.

    Drew Reynolds went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the Pirates, and Zach Houchins, Dylan Brown, Ian Townsend and Hunter Allen each drove in a run.

    Without star shortstop Trea Turner (.306, four home runs, 23 RBIs), who was serving a suspension as a result of his ejection during Monday’s win against Clemson, the Wolfpack lineup lacked punch.

    Andrew Knizner extended his hitting streak to eight games with a 2-for-4 performance, and Jake Armstrong added two hits in the loss.

This story incorrectly said Wednesday's game between N.C. State and East Carolina was at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium at ECU. The game was played at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

GREENVILLE - There would be no late-game heroics for No. 25 N.C. State this time as East Carolina attacked early, then leaned on the right arm of Brett Mabry to take 7-0 win against a sleepy Wolfpack squad Wednesday in front of a season-high 4,214 fans at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

Without star shortstop Trea Turner (.306, four home runs, 23 RBIs), who was serving a suspension as a result of his ejection during Monday’s win against Clemson, the Wolfpack lumber took a slumber.

“We just didn’t play well tonight,” coach Elliot Avent said. “I don’t know if coming back from Clemson at 4:30 in the morning on a Tuesday night after being there all day in the rain had something to do with it, but this is the most sluggish I’ve seen our team play.”

N.C. State freshman Andrew Knizner extended his hitting streak to eight games with a 2-for-4 performance, and junior Jake Armstrong added two hits in the loss.

Mabry (3-0), a senior, scattered five hits and struck out six in six innings to help ECU (20-13) snap a four-game skid against its instate rival.

Logan Jernigan (4-3), a junior from South Johnston, took the loss, yielding four earned runs.

Just a week ago, N.C. State (19-13) jumped out to a 3-0 lead then staved off a ninth-inning rally by the Pirates thanks to a diving catch by center fielder Jake Fincher with two outs and the bases loaded to preserve a 3-2 victory.

East Carolina wasted no time getting on the board in the rematch, using small-ball tactics to take a 4-0 lead by the end of the fourth inning before blowing the game open with a three-run rally in the seventh.

Drew Reynolds went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the Pirates, and Zach Houchins, Dylan Brown, Ian Townsend and Hunter Allen each drove in a run.

A Townsend sacrifice fly in the first gave ECU some early momentum and a 1-0 advantage. The Pirates added another run in the second when Charlie Yorgen scored on a Jernigan wild pitch.

East Carolina doubled its lead in the fourth when Yorgen (1-2, 2R) reached home on an Allen sacrifice bunt before Brown smacked an RBI single to score Garrett Brooks.

The Pirates put the finishing touches on the Wolfpack in the seventh when Reynolds hit his first career triple to score Allen and Brooks, then scored on a Houchins single up the middle.

Both teams will be back in action on Friday as N.C. State will play at ACC rival Duke and the Pirates will hit the road to face Old Dominion.

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