Pack9 ‘Sheparded’ to Comeback Win

Wolfpack Baseball (36-21) has been on a tear of late, winning 15 of their last 18 games.  But the comeback win on Saturday night at the Fort Worth Regional might be the most unlikely in that string.  And maybe the sweetest.  Almost certainly, it was the most important.

A nip and tuck affair all night, both starting pitchers found themselves with early leads.  And both found themselves with those leads lost.  The Wolfpack had the biggest lead of the night (2 runs at 3-1) but that lasted only a half inning, and it was a 1 run ball game the rest of the way.

With the Pack9 down to their last out and trailing by a run at 4-3, to regional host and #7 national seed TCU, it looked as if the Pack would be playing an early elimination game on Sunday just to stay alive for a chance to have to beat TCU two straight in order to advance.

But JR DH Chance Shepard didn’t like that path.  He preferred a straight line approach…to dead centerfield.  He took a 1-1 offering downtown for a 2 out 2 RBI blast to nearly straightaway center, scoring pinch runner Tommy DeJuneas ahead of himself and giving the Pack a sudden one run advantage at 5-4.

Travis Orwig, who worked 2.2 scoreless innings in relief, would take the victory for the Pack.  But not before opening up the bottom of the 9th by yielding a leadoff double to the Horned Frogs to make things interesting.  But a heady play from the JR lefty would essentially erase the leadoff double, as he cleanly fielded a sac bunt attempt and nailed the runner trying to advance to third.  Two ground ball outs later, and State was safely still in the winner’s bracket, and with a much easier road to the super regionals.

Starter Brian Brown went 6.1 effective innings, but would take a no decision while giving up 4 runs on 5 hits, while k’ing 8 and walking none.

The Pack will now await the winner of tomorrow’s elimination game, rather than having to play in it.

TCU and Stony Brook will get things going in Fort Worth tomorrow in an elimination game beginning at 3:30pm eastern.  And while the loser of that one goes home, the winner will have to make a quick turnaround and face the Pack at 8pm tomorrow night.  If the Pack wins, they advance.  If not, the same two teams will tee it up again in primetime on Monday night.

A very good night for Wolfpack Baseball indeed.

Now, go home and get some sleep.

Links and whatever other fun crap we find

Shepard’s HR carries NC State to win over TCU, 5-4 (WRALSportsFan.com)

NC State rallies for 5-4 win over TCU in NCAA baseball (NewsObserver.com)

Photo Gallery: NC State 5, TCU 4 | 05.30.15 (NewsObserver.com)

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    Wufpacker
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    Wolfpack Baseball (36-21) has been on a tear of late, winning 15 of their last 18 games.  But the comeback win on Saturday night at the Fort Worth Reg
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    #86823

    ruffles31
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    Great win! Chance did the same things at ECU this year, a 2 run homer down 1 with 2 out in the ninth, but the bullpen could not finish it off. Orwig with some good pitching.

    One more win to go!

    Can I dare dream to play Stony Brook?

    #86824

    Wufpacker
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    ^ I have mixed feelings on that. But considering that TCU’s other pitchers are only marginally less effective than Morrison….yeah, I’ll take Stony Brook having to beat us twice in a heartbeat.

    #86826

    Texpack
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    No posting last night with the tablet hooked to the TV, but it was still a blast, so to speak. Mrs. Texpack was a tad pissed at being awakened to screams of GONE!, but after 27 years she wasn’t surprised.

    We still have a tall task ahead. This is especially true if the Frogs can get an 8 inning performance out of their starter today against Stony Brook. While the Aggie loss makes it unlikely I’ll be able to make a Super Regional game next weekend, I’d much rather have the Pack hosting.

    #86827

    WolftownVA81
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    A very exciting game last light. I was real proud of how the team kept their emotions in check after that play at home plate though maybe the announcers were making more of it than it was. I did think we got cheated out of one base hit on that play at first but otherwise a decently called game if you discount a few of the ball/strike calls on both teams. I was able to stream it ok but had to refresh many times due to slow internet in the 7 and 8th. Fortunately, I got a strong signal in the 9th and was able to enjoy the great come from behind victory. They were a tough team and I think I’d rather see us face Stony Brook again. Thanks for posted this. Go Pack and congratulations a great win.

    #86828

    PackFamily
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    How do i copy and embed that video? I’ve also tried finding it on ESPN but can’t

    #86832

    mak4dpak
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    Stony Brook would be nice, but regardless, we just gotta win. Certainly would be nice to pull it out Sunday, so a second game is not required. Keep making us proud, if by chance we get eliminated, certainly nothing to hang our heads about. TCU top ten team in the nation. Go Pack!

    #86833

    Wufpacker
    Participant

    ^ Fo’ sho’ on all of the above.

    Winning last night made our path easier, but by no means easy. TCU has one of the best home field advantages in the country.

    Before last night, they had won 16 straight at home.
    Last night was only their 3rd home loss of the year.
    I like our chances better than if we’d lost, but at the very least I’d dearly love to see the early game become a slugfest where the winning club’s bullpen is decimated.

    Fortunately, our 9 Man Wolfpack should be confident.

    And weather looks like it couldn’t be better.

    #86834

    44rules
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    2 for 2 so far. Let’s keep it going.

    Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy. Mao Zedong

    #86841

    MrPlywood
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    Sadly I’m not able to view the vid because Canada. Yo NCAA, there are plenty of Canadian athletes on your teams, so wake up.

    #86888

    mak4dpak
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    Seems Avent made an error in judgement starting Williamson. Already in a hole.

    #86920

    PackofMac
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    Well coach seemed happy about playing the frogs in an elimination game in front of a loud sometimes obnoxious home crowd. At least that’s what it seemed pitching our highest era kid we have. Oh well, got lucky Sat. night, got blasted last night….what will come of tonight.

    #86977

    mak4dpak
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    No blog on the game. What??? Watching on Dish Network 403. Called Bases Loaded.

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