NC State won its sixth straight game in Old Testament style, smiting Elon 23-3 Tuesday night in Burlington. Without further ado, the eye-popping numbers:
- Elon starter Robbie Welhaf was not well. He faced six batters; all six got a hit. The Pack plated seven in the first.
- The Pack scored in every inning but the third.
- Freshman Brett Kinneman went 4-for-6 and drove in SEVEN runs.
- Preston Palmeiro went 3-for-6, homered, and drove in five runs.
- Chance Shepard ended his power drought, homering twice and driving in four runs in a 3-for-4 evening. He also walked thrice.
- In all, the Pack pounded out 24 hits and walked eight times.
- Five Pack relievers combined for six shutout innings, allowing just two hits and striking out 10.
- Shane Shepard and Josh McLain did not receive their invitations to the party, combining to for 0-for-10.
- For a look at all the carnage, box score style, click here.
Three interesting developments in the game:
- The team's leading hitter in terms of average, Stephen Pitarra, returned to the lineup after not playing (presumably due to illness or slight injury) over the weekend against Wake Forest. He had a pair of hits, drew a walk, and scored three times from the leadoff spot.
- Johnny Piedmonte's weekend starting days are over for now. He got the nod and struggled again, allowing all three Elon runs in three innings of work. Look for Cory Wilder or (where have you gone) Joe O'Donnell to start Friday against Georgia Tech.
- Elliott Avent gonna Elliott Avent. The Pack skipper batted McLain ninth for some odd reason. The sophomore center fielder has been hot of late and leads the team in OPS. Of course McLain went and had himself an 0-fer, so...
Hopefully the Pack saved some runs for their weekend series in Atlanta. The series begins Friday at 7 p.m. and is available for streaming on The Ocho.