DURHAM, N.C. – Bryan Adametz was 3-for-5 with four RBI, including two RBI in a four-run first inning, to lead No. 5 NC State past Duke in a 9-1 victory Saturday afternoon at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Adametz was one of four Wolfpack players with two or more hits as NC State totaled 15 on the day. Jake Fincher went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored while Trea Turner added an RBI and a run scored to go along with a 3-for-6 performance at the plate.
NC State (42-12, 19-10 ACC) used five pitchers to hold Duke to one run. Starter Logan Jernigan lasted 4.1 innings, giving up just three hits without yielding a run. Josh Easley (4-2) headed the effort from the Wolfpack bullpen, throwing 2.1 scoreless frames while allowing two hits, walking two batters and striking out a pair to earn the win. Anthony Tzamtzis and Andrew Woeck combined to hold the Blue Devils to one run after the seventh inning.
Duke (26-29, 9-21 ACC) got three hits from leadoff hitter Andy Perez, who finished the season with a team-best .316 batting average. Perez also stole his team-leading 18th base of the season and drove in Duke’s lone run with an RBI single in the eighth.
“Obviously we spotted them a big lead early,” said head coach Chris Pollard. “I thought our relief pitching did a great job in the middle innings of holding the game where it was and giving us a chance to get back in the game. We just didn’t ever come up with the hit with runners in scoring position until the eighth. We had our chances in the middle innings where a double would’ve cut the ball game in half and made it a 6-3 game. We just never came up with that hit. I give a lot of credit to Drew Van Orden and James Marvel for giving us five good innings in the middle where we had a chance to battle back in it.”
NC State jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the top of the first and never looked back. Turner singled to start the game, Fincher followed with a double and Grant Clyde and Adametz drove in two runs each to give the Wolfpack the early advantage.
Matuella threw a scoreless second inning, but NC State chased him in the third after a pair of base hits and a walk loaded the bases with no one out. Adametz again came up with the big hit, picking up his third and fourth RBI of the day on a base hit to right center. Van Orden came on and struck out Mangum and Turner to end the frame. Duke’s junior right-hander pitched four scoreless innings, permitting just two hits while striking out four.
Following four scoreless frames, NC State extended its lead to 7-0 in the eighth on a Turner RBI single. Ratledge scored on the play after leading off with a double.
Junior Matt Berezo began the eighth with a base hit and scored from second on Perez’s base knock to left field.
Mangum’s two-run single in the top of the ninth accounted for the final margin.
The loss to NC State marks the end of the Blue Devils’ season. Duke will return 25 of 29 letterwinners in 2014, including 11 pitchers.