RALEIGH, N.C. – On a night where runs were at a premium and both starting pitchers turned in impressive performances, it was seventh-ranked North Carolina State who scored the night’s lone run in the top of the sixth as it advanced to the Raleigh Regional Final with a 1-0 win over the Tribe on Saturday night at Doak Field. The setback drops William and Mary to 38-23 on the year, while N.C. State upped its mark to 46-14.
The Tribe will now play an elimination game tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. against Ole Miss. The winner will advance to play N.C. State later on in the evening in a contest scheduled to get underway at 6 p.m. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live audio and stats. Additionally, fans can watch the live broadcast against Ole Miss on ESPN3.com.
Senior RHP John Farrell (11-3) was outstanding on Saturday night as he surrendered just one earned run, while scattering six hits to go along with six strikeouts in 7.1 innings of work. The Andover, Mass., native threw 118 pitches against the Wolfpack as 73 were accounted for with strikes. Out the bullpen, junior RHP John Sheehan held the Wolfpack hitless in 1.2 innings of relief as he fanned every batter that stepped to the plate (4). Offensively, the Green and Gold was led by senior center fielder Ryan Brown and junior third baseman Willie Shaw. The duo finished the night with a hit apiece.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Green and Gold threatened the scoreboard as it was poised to strike first in front of a sell out crowd at Doak Field. Junior second baseman Lindemuth led the frame off with a HBP, his 22nd of the season, and advanced all the way to third following a sacrifice bunt from freshman catcher Ryan Hissey and freshman left fielder Jonathan Sarty’s infield groundout. However, the Wolfpack ended the W&M threat with a foul out to third base.
After Farrell held the N.C. State bats to just two hits over the first five innings of action, the Wolfpack initiated the scoring with a run in the top half of the sixth. Sophomore Trea Turner led the inning off with a double to the right center field and later scored from third on senior Grant Clyde’s chopping single through the middle of the infield.
In the bottom of the ninth, sophomore first baseman Michael Katz sent a towering shot, which would have tied the contest, deep into left field. However, N.C. State senior Bryan Adametz was there to make the snag on the warning track.
North Carolina State sophomore LHP Carlos Rodon (9-2) went the distance on Saturday evening as he allowed just two hits to go along with 10 strikeouts.
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