N. C. State (5-1) busted out the whoopin' stick against Wagner (1-2) Sunday, sweeping a double header by a combined score of 43-4. Logan Jernigan combined with two relievers for a shutout in the first half of the twin bill, an 18-0 final, and the Pack scored 25 unanswered runs to emphatically close out the sweep after falling behind 4-0 early in game two.
Here are some combined numbers from the carnage:
- Brett Williams: 7-for-9, 5 runs, 10 RBI, 3 2B, 3 HR
- Sam Morgan: 7-for-10, 6 runs, 6 RBI, 3 2B, 2 HR
- Trea Turner: 4-for-8, 6 runs, 7 RBI, HR
- Bryan Adametz: 4-for-7, 4 runs, 3 RBI
- Grant Clyde: 3-for-3, 2 runs, 7 RBI, 2 HR
- Brett Austin: 1-for-8:(
Here are some suddenly inflated quadruple slash lines (average/on base percentage/slugging percentage/OPS) through the Pack's first 6 games:
- Williams: .429/.520/1.048/1.568 (damn!)
- Clyde: .333/.400/1.000/1.400
- Morgan: .462/.481/.808/1.289
- Turner: .500/.552/.727/1.279
- Tarran Senay: .300/.423/.750/1.173
- Jake Armstrong: .308/.550/.615/1.165
- Adametz: .364/.455/.533/.988
- Jake Fincher: .346/.414/.423/.837
- Austin: .125/.214/.250/.464:(
Trea Turner is batting FIVE FREAKIN HUNDRED and only has the fourth highest OPS on the team. I guess the answer to the question of who will provide offense behind Turner has been answered: every damn body (not named Brett Austin). Of course the offense came against Wagner, a team that went 22-33 last season and managed eight home runs all year, but the offensive explosion was nonetheless encouraging after the Pack bats sputtered out of the gates. It will get tougher from here.
Interestingly, Elliot Avent took Sam Morgan out of the two hole Sunday after Turner was intentionally walked Saturday. I made some dumbass comment about how Morgan did not have the pop to protect Turner. My apologies to Morgan and his family. Of course Williams, who batted second in Morgan's stead, managed to eclipse Morgan's massive output during the double header. I imagine we will see Williams penciled in to the second spot in the order for quite some time. Will we see Austin dropped to the bottom of the order? Will he lose playing time to Clyde?
The work of the Pack pitching staff should not be overshadowed by the offensive outburst. Jernigan limited the base on balls against the Seahawks, issuing just one free pass. Jernigan has not been scored upon in nine innings this season, and the State staff has thrown 27 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. Ryan Wilkins worked three innings behind Jernigan, fanning three an allowing just one hit. On the season, the Pack staff is giving up less than one hit for every two innings pitched while striking out better than a batter per inning. Dillon Frye closed out the shutout, allowing one hit and fanning a batter in the ninth. It was the first action of the season for Wilkins and Frye.
Josh Easley was touched up for a two-out grand slam in the second game of the twin bill, but all four runs were unearned because the inning was extended by an error. Travis Orwig was credited with the win in relief because Easley did not go five innings. One time closer Chris Overman, who seemed to lose Avent's faith down the stretch last season, can apparently be trusted with a 21-run lead. In his first appearance of the season, Overman gave up a hit and recorded a strikeout in the ninth inning of game two.
Of the many crooked numbers the Pack hung on the scoreboard Sunday, none was crookeder than the 13-spot in the eighth inning of game two. In six games State has allowed a total of just 13 runs, the same number it got in one inning against the Seahawks. That's just nuts.
The Pack hosts New Mexico State for a pair of games on Tuesday and Wednesday. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. for both contests. Presumably Ethan Ogburn, who did not get a start this weekend, will go Tuesday. Brad Stone would be a good bet to take the ball Wednesday, setting up a Carlos Rodon, Jernigan, Ogburn rotation for the weekend tournament at Coastal Carolina.