Baseball: N.C. State 9, Vanderbilt 7

Baseball: N.C. State 9, Vanderbilt 7

Raleigh, N.C. – North Carolina State rallied to score six runs over the final two innings to eliminate Vanderbilt with a 9-7 victory at Doak Field.

The Commodores (35-28) took a 7-3 lead into the eighth inning before the Wolfpack (43-18) started their comeback. NC State reliever Ryan Wilkins worked the team's first 1-2-3 inning of the night in the bottom of the seventh to get the crowd back into the game. With the crowd still on its feet to start the eighth, Brett Austin led off the inning with a walk. A double down the left field line from Logan Ratledge chased Vandy reliever Tyler Beede and put runners on second and third. Freshman lefty Philip Pfeifer was summoned from the bullpen to face left-handed hitting Tarran Senay, who entered the game an inning earlier as a defensive replacement. Senay lifted a 3-2 pitch high into the air and over the right field fence for a three-run homer to cut the Commodores' lead to a single run.

Will Clinard entered in the eighth to get the final out of the inning and preserve the Dores' one-run lead. In the ninth, Andrew Ciencin ripped a single to center field to start the inning. Jake Fincher then laid down a sacrifice bunt that was fielded by third baseman Riley Reynolds, who gloved the bunt and threw to first base. But the throw hit Fincher, who was running in fair territory, and bounced away allowing pinch runner Bryan Adametz to reach third with Fincher safe at first. After a groundout to first base, Clinard issued an intentional walk to Ratledge to load the bases with one out and set up a potential game-ending double play. Senay, however, had other ideas, flipping a single over second baseman Tony Kemp's head to score two runs and give Senay five RBI in two at-bats. Trea Turner followed with a RBI-single to give the Wolfpack an insurance run.

Wilkins finished off the game striking out the side in the ninth after a leadoff walk to send NC State to the Super Regional in Gainesville, Fla. next weekend against the top-seeded Florida Gators.

The Commodores took the lead in the third inning, scoring five runs on five hits after the Wolfpack had scored two to reclaim the lead in the top of the inning. Kemp led off the frame with a double and came around to score on Mike Yastrzemski's single. After Yastrzemski stole second, Gregor singled to drive in a run and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Freshman Connor Castellano capped the rally with a two-run single. The Dores tacked on another run in the fifth with Castellano's second RBI-double.

Yastrzemski led Vandy with the first first four-hit game of his career, including a first inning home run. Castellano added two doubles and three RBI while senior Riley Reynolds added two hits in his final game as a Commodore. Senay came up big for the Wolfpack with five RBI while freshman Trea Turner chipped in three of NC State's 13 hits.

Wilkins (5-2) earned the win with 4.2 scoreless innings of relief for NC State. The right-hander scattered three hits and punched out six while holding down the Vandy offense to allow the comeback. Clinard (7-3) took the loss giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits in one-plus inning. Beede was stellar for the Dores out of the pen working 5.1 innings and leaving with a 7-3 lead. The freshman matched a career-best with eight strikeouts. Wolfpack starter Logan Jernigan was roughed up for seven runs on eight hits over four-plus innings.

Following the game, six Commodores were selected to the All-Tournament team with Spencer Navin, Conrad Gregor, Anthony Gomez, Mike Yastrzemski, T.J. Pecoraro and Tyler Beede earning recognition.

Vanderbilt finishes the season 35-28 after starting the season 7-15.
            1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  R    H E
N.C. STATE  1 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 3  9-  13 1
VANDERBILT  1 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 0  7-  11 4
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