Turner leads Wolfpack to fifth win in six games

05/03/2014 10:01 PM

05/03/2014 10:03 PM

Coastal Carolina, with an RPI in the 180s, represents more harm than good to N.C. State's baseball team.

Any loss to the Chanticleers would only further damage N.C. State's postseason hopes.

The Wolfpack won't have to worry about that after Saturday's 9-2 home win. Shortstop Trea Turner had four hits, drove in two runs — even stole home — to lead N.C. State to its second straight win over the Big South power.

N.C. State (26-19) followed up Friday night's 11-1 win with another one to take its second straight series. The Wolfpack has won five of six games and is starting to build some momentum.

Catcher Brett Austin had three hits, including a home run in the eighth, and added two RBI.

Turner, who got an intentional walk in the eighth, stole home before Austin’s homer. With Turner on third base, Coastal reliever Brock Hunter lobbed a pickoff attempt to first base to check on Logan Ratledge.

Turner took off and stole home while Ratledge easily got back to first.

Third baseman Andrew Knizner also drove two runs for the Wolfpack, which will go for the series sweep on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Turner singled in his first three at-bats and scored on singles by Knizner in the first and third innings.

Chance Shepard knocked in Knizner with two outs in the third to give the Wolfpack a 4-1 lead.

The top four hitters in the Wolfpack lineup combined to go 11 for 19 with seven RBI.

The Chanticleers (22-25), who have been a regular in the NCAA tournament but are struggling this season, cut the lead to 4-2 in the fifth inning with three walks, an error and a single. They loaded the bases off of reliever Ryan Williamson but Eric Peterson got G.K. Young to ground out to second base to get out of the inning.

Turner doubled in a run in the sixth to push the Pack's margin back to 5-2. State scored four times in the eighth to close out the scoring.

N.C. State beat writer Joe Giglio

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