Enigmatic N.C. State right handers Anthony Tzamtzis and Logan Jernigan harnessed their stuff Saturday, leading the Wolfpack to an 8-1 win over Presbyterian. The Blue Hose (23-24) managed just two hits a day after getting one-hit by the tandem of Ethan Ogburn and Brad Stone. The Pack (36-11) ensured that they would win their sixth consecutive series with the win, their 18th "W" in their last 19 games.
Tzamtzis went the first three and two third innings, yielding an earned run on a hit, two walks, and a hit batter. He fanned three. Considering he entered the game having walked or hit a combined 31 batters in 20.1 innings, his Saturday start qualifies as Greg Maddux-like command. Jernigan, who had not pitched since getting yanked after walking four batters in the first inning against UNCG on March 19th, was even better. He did hit a batter, but Jernigan held the Hose hitless over the final two frames without issuing a walk. He struck out two. Despite his command issues, Jernigan's season ERA now stands at a Bob Gibson-esque 1.12.
The Pack actually trailed 1-0 when Tzamtzis left the mound but rallied for four runs in the bottom of the fourth to make a winner out of Andrew Woeck. Woeck went three hitless innings, allowing a walk and fanning five. His five victories tie him with Carlos Rodon and Ryan Wilkins for the team lead.
Tarran Senay's two-run homer, his sixth of the season, highlighted the four-run fourth. Trea Turner's two-run triple helped the Pack hang another crooked number in the sixth. Jake Fincher singled home Turner to make it a three-run frame. Fincher and Bryan Adametz both had a pair of hits and were the only Wolfpackers to register a multi-hit performance.
Rodon made his normal Saturday start, just in a different position. He DH'd and went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Presumably, Rodon is sitting the series out on the mound to rest up for the stretch run after he threw 129 high leverage pitches in leading the Pack past UNC last weekend. (*Update* Apparently Rodon will go Sunday; looks like he was just getting extra rest but not a weekend off -- hat tip to intrepid reader edzipperlin for the info).
The Pack hope to continue to make the Blue Hose blue in Sunday's finale; first pitch is slated for 1 p.m. and the contest will air on ESPN3.