After a recent spate of injuries and lopsided losses, NC State took out its frustrations on hapless North Carolina A&T this weekend, winning 9-1 Saturday in Greensboro at NewBridge Bank Park and (look away if you're squeamish) 25-1 Sunday back home at the Doak.
The 25 runs were the program's second most ever (32 against LaSalle in 2010; take that Savon Goodman!), and the Pack had the bases loaded with one out before Preston Palmeiro and Chance Shepard suspiciously struck out on three straight pitches to end the eighth. I'm not suggesting they were mercy Ks, but it was sporting of them if they were (and they didn't make it look too obvious).
I may set a record for parentheticals (in this clownblog).
Sunday's epic beat down gave the bench a moment in the sun, and the fellas took full advantage. Ryne Willard came off the pine to post a 3-for-3 day with a pair of runs and three RBI. Jack Conley got behind the dish a bit and continued to hit well at it, going 3-for-3 with a couple of runs scored and two RBI. He's hitting a robust .875 on the season (in a whopping six ABs).
If you're noticing a theme developing of bench dudes with perfect days at the plate, congratulations, you've been paying attention. Storm Edwards went 2-for-2 with two runs, a walk, and an RBI. Xavier LeGrant went 2-for-2 with two runs, a walk, and an RBI.
Regulars Brock Deatherage and Joe Dunand homered. Dunand's bomb was part of a three-hit, six RBI day. After a slow start, the gentleman who (you may have heard) is A-Rod's relation, is up to .325 with four homers. Deatherage's poke was his fifth, knotting him with Palmeiro for second on the team (well behind Shepard and his 11 mashed taters).
Brian Brown got is mess back together after an ugly start last weekend, posting a goose egg through five frames to win his fifth game and drop his ERA to 2.37.
Saturday's win was a bit less dramatic, but both Shepard brothers, Swaggy P, and A-Rod's nephew all had two hits. Palmeiro and impressive freshperson Brett Kinneman did yardwork.
Cory Wilder won his third straight start, allowing just a run in six innings. Most importantly, he walked just one. As the walks go, so goes Wilder.
Presumably, since he was skipped this weekend due to Friday's rainout, Ryan Williamson will go tomorrow night against East Carolina. The Pack will be trying to avenge a lackluster billion-run loss in a midweek game last Tuesday in Greeneville.