WRAL: NC State pitcher Carlos Rodon was named USA Baseball’s Richard W. “Dick” Case Player of the Year Tuesday, joining the likes of Stephen Strasburg and Ryan Zimmerman. The award is given annually to USA Baseball’s top player while honoring the memory of the organization’s founding executive director and CEO. Rodon, a Holly Springs native, […]
I hadn’t planned to write a recap of last night’s road win vs the Charlotte 49ers, but then I remembered something a wise man once said….
“You don’t f**k with a winning streak”.
So what if the man in question was completely fictional and also had some heavy duty ulterior motives at the time?Â He was still quite correct.
(And yes, that is a Crash Davis reference).
The Pack’s winning streak reached a season high 11 games last night thanks to a career performance by State starter Ethan Ogburn (3-2) who carried a perfect game into the 7th inning vs Charlotte.Â He would end up going 8.1 innings while giving up 1 run (0 earned) on only 2 hits.Â He also struck out 5 and walked 0 on the night.
State and Ogburn would carry a slim 2-0 lead throughout most of the game and into the bottom half of the 9th inning, when it would almost come undone.Â With Grant Sasser on the mound in relief of Chris Overman (who had come on in relief of Ogburn with one away), the 49ers had runners on first and third with two out.
On the game’s final play, a Wolfpack fielding error would allow one run to score, but the would be tying run would be caught in no man’s land between third and home and would be tagged out by catcher Brett Austin to end the rundown and the game.
The Pack’s scoring on the night came on single runs in the 1st (Brett Williams sac fly scoring Trea Turner) and the 2nd (Sam Morgan RBI single scoring Grant Clyde).
Logan Ratledge (2 for 4) and Tarran Senay (2 for 4, double) would each record multi-hit efforts.
With the win the Pack takes the season series vs Charlotte 2-0, and is now 29-10 overall (11-7 ACC).
No. 15 Pack Wins 11th Straight Behind Ogburn’s Gem (GoPack.com)
The Wolfpack will hit the road to Atlanta this weekend to take on GT for a three game conference series (All three games on ESPN3), and will then return home for an extended 11 game homestand which will include visits from Coastal Division leader UNC-CH and Atlantic Division leader FSU.
Big opportunities, both.