The Wolfpack baseball team recovered from a Friday loss to the Hokies to take the series 2 games to 1 with a doubleheader sweep on Sunday. The first game, well, looked like football with a 19-18 final score. Pratt Maynard paced the offense, going 3-4 with 4 RBIs. The two teams combined for 11 errors, 7 by the Hokies and 4 by the Pack. Jake Buchanan got roughed up a bit, giving up 10 earned runs in 5 1/3 innings pitched. Sam Brown picked up the win in relief.
The second game of the twinbill did not start out well for the Wolfpack. Starter Zak Sinclair failed to make it out of the first inning, yielding 5 earned runs in 2/3 of an inning. VT added a run in the second to push the advantage to 6-0, and the Pack began to slowly chip away. State scored once in the second and plated 3 in the sixth to make it a 6-4 ballgame. Then in the bottom of the 8th, State made it 6-5 when Pat Ferguson stepped up to the plate as a pinch hitter with a runner on base. Ferguson connected for his second homer of the season, and the 7-6 score stood up. Alex Sogard pitched 3 scoreless innings of relief to pick up his third win of the season.
The sweep puts the Wolfpack at 15-12 on the season, 5-7 in the ACC. Up next is a Wednesday matchup with ECU followed by a trip north to take on Boston College in the weekend series. This is a big series for the Wolfpack; they need to notch their 3rd consecutive series win to pull their conference record closer to .500 after a slow start. Of course, a sweep would be ideal (duh), but I’ll take 2-1 series wins. Still, this series marks roughly the midpoint of the overall season, and at this point there is substantial work to be done as far as the postseason is concerned. The good news is the young offense continues to show signs of improvement, and this trend will need to continue, with some tough series to come later in the year against UNC, FSU and Clemson.