NC State baseball looked dominant in an 11-1 romp over Coastal Carolina on Friday at Doak Field at Dail Park, behind a career high five runs from Trea Turner and five RBIs by Andrew Knizner.
The Wolfpack (25-19) pounced on the Chanticleers (22-24) with single runs in the first and third, then ripped the game open with six in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Coastal scored its lone run in the eight on a solo homer to right. The Pack responded with one in the bottom eighth to set the final at 11-1.
NC State batted around for the 14th time this season and sixth in the month of April in the decisive six-run fifth. Turner's five runs beat his previous career high of four, set against Wagner in 2013 and matched against Elon and Duke this season. Knizner's five RBIs match the five he drove in against North Carolina A&T on March 5.
Carlos Rodon (4-7) grabbed the win with eight strikeouts over 6 2/3 scoreless innings, scattering five hits and two walks. In his last four starts combined, Rodon sports an 0.86 ERA and 12.06 Ks per nine innings. The junior has 42 strikeouts to 10 walks over that stretch. Rodon hits triple digits in strikeouts for the third-straight year, pushing his total for the season to 102.
Logan Ratledge went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two runs, and an RBI, one of two multi-hit performances for the Wolfpack on the evening. Knizner provided the other, going 2-for-4 with five RBIs and a run. Turner went 1-for-3 with five runs, two walks, and his 16th stolen base of the year.
Turner manufactured the game's first run by reaching on an error, stealing second, advancing to third and home on a pair of groundouts. Turner made it 2-0 in the third by legging out an infield single, advancing to second on a groundout, then scoring on Knizner's RBI single up the middle.
The momentum swung permanently in State's direction with a six-run rally in the fifth. Suggs and Turner started the inning with a pair of singles through the left side. Ratledge was hit by pitch next, allowing Knizner to drive in a pair on his single through the right side. Shepard plated Ratledge on a single up the middle to make it 5-0, then advanced with Knizner into scoring position on a wild pitch. Austin reached on a fielder's choice to shortstop to extend the lead to 6-0. Fincher walked next to reload the bases. Riley's RBI single to first stretched the lead to 7-0, and the Pack added an eighth run on a double play ball from the next batter.
Turner walked to lead off the sixth inning, and scored from first on Ratledge's RBI double to left center. Ratledge tagged up on a fly ball to left center to advance to third, and scored on a passed ball during the next at-bat to make it 10-0.
After a Coastal's solo homer in the eighth, State responded with one more for insurance. Turner walked with one away and held at third on Ratledge's double down the right field line. Knizner pushed him home on a sac fly to right center.
The N.C. State softball team will have its final tuneup before the postseason play begins when it travels to Charlotte for a doubleheader on Saturday, May 3. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. with the second game to follow.
The Wolfpack owns a 13-5 advantage in the all-time series against the 49ers, including a doubleheader sweep in 2013. N.C. State The Pack won the first game of a doubleheader twin bill in Raleigh, 2-0, before taking the second game, 10-3.
N.C. State has played nine games against in-state opponents this season and boasts an 8-1 record in those contests. The squads lone defeat came last weekend at North Carolina, but despite the loss the Pack won two of three games to win the series.
Renada Davis has been red-hot at the plate recently for the Wolfpack and is currently on a six-game hitting streak. Over the past six games, the junior shortstop has 10 hits, nine runs scored, five runs batted in (RBIs) and four home runs. She enters the weekend with 47 career home runs just two shy of the program record of 49 set by Jen Chamberlin.
In the circle, Junior pitcher Emily Weiman is approaching career milestones as well as she is tied for the program record in complete game shutouts for a single season with 11 and needs just one more to become the only player to have 12 in a season. Her 11 shutouts are also tied for third in the NCAA.
FIU 7, East Carolina 1: Mike Franco tossed his fourth complete game of the season, while Tyler Hibbert posted a team-best three hits with a pair of RBI leading FIU (32-12, 12-10) to a 7-1 C-USA opening series win over ECU (28-19, 13-9) at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Franco (8-2) allowed one earned run on six hits. Loser Tyler Bolton (2-4) gave up four earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts and a walk.
N.C. State: Hans Olsen has stepped down as womens coach after 13 seasons to pursue other professional opportunities.
Olsen posted a 138-159 overall record and led his teams to five NCAA tournament appearances during his tenure.
A search for a new coach will begin immediately. Susanne Depka will continue in her role as assistant coach and manage the team in the interim.
Duke: Rice transfer Sean Obi has signed a financial aid agreement to attend Duke. The 6-9, 265-pound post player will sit out the 2014-15 season due to NCAA transfer rules and will have three years remaining at Duke.
Obis top performance came in the Dec. 7 triple-overtime win over South Alabama (96-93). He played a total of 41 minutes in the contest and finished with 25 points, 19 rebounds, two assists and a steal. He also topped the 20-point, 15-rebound marks in a January loss to Marshall, posting 22 points (11-of-13 shooting) and 17 rebounds against the Thundering Herd.