April 26, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. – Devin Stanton registered another stellar performance on the mound, but NC State turned the tables on Georgia Tech with a 1-0 win Saturday at Dail Park in Raleigh, N.C. to even the weekend series.
The Yellow Jackets were victorious by a 1-0 score on Friday night, but Saturday, the Wolfpack’s Chance Shepard hit a lead-off solo home run in the seventh inning to break the deadlock. NC State improved to 23-19 overall and 8-15 in the ACC, while Tech slipped to 26-18, 12-11.
The rubber-game of the series is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN3.
Stanton scattered five hits, allowed one run with no walks and four strikeouts in his six innings. But the redshirt junior lefty, who has received one run of support over his last three road starts, absorbed the brutal-luck loss (3-3).
Tech pounded out eight hits and drew four walks, but left 11 runners on base in the game, including six in scoring position.
Tech looked to draw first blood on Gonzalez’s two-bagger in the fifth as Spingola reached on a two-out error to keep the inning alive. Gonzalez followed by scorching a double down the right-field line, but Spingola was cut down on at the plate on a perfect relay from second baseman Logan Ratledge for the final out.
Wolfpack starter Patrick Peterson was chased after allowing three hits and three walks in 3.2 innings. His brother, Erik, tossed three shutout innings of relief and Jon Olczak followed with two scoreless innings to earn the win (1-1).
In the seventh, Hyde and Spingola had back-to-back one-out singles to put runners at the corners but Erik would get a fly ball from Gonzalez and Olczak worked a fly ball from Smith to dodge another threat.
Cody Beckman recorded the final out in the ninth for his first save after pinch-hitter Elliott Barzilli singled off Olczak.