UNCW Falls 17-5 To N.C. State
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Matt Bergquist had three hits and knocked in six runs to power NC State past UNCW, 17-5, on Sunday in an elimination game at Doak Field at the NCAA Raleigh Regional.
The Wolfpack (41-18) advanced to the regional final against Vanderbilt and will need two wins to advance to the Super Regional round. The Seahawks were eliminated with the loss and concluded their season with a record of 39-23.
NCSU built a 10-4 lead after six innings thanks in part to a seven-run fourth inning, as 11 hitters made their way to the plate. Bergquist and Andrew Ciencin fueled the big inning with a two-run double and a three-run homer, respectively.
UNCW starter Mat Batts (6-5) took the loss, allowing eight runs, six earned, on eight hits and a walk in 3 1/3 innings.
Trailing 9-1 in the sixth, UNCW plated three runs off winning pitcher Ethan Ogburn (5-3). Tyler Molinaro knocked in the first two runs with a double to left center and Hunter Ridge plated him with a single to right to make it 9-4.
NCSU answered with a run in the bottom of the frame on Ciencin's double down the leftfield line. Chris Diaz, who scored on the hit, finished 4-for-5 with three runs scored and three knocked in. Ciencin also collected three hits and drove in four on the afternoon.
Ogburn fanned seven in 8 2/3 innings and allowed five runs on nine hits.
For the Seahawks, Matt Campbell and Andrew Cain delivered home runs as UNCW set a school record for homers in a NCAA regional with eight, passing the 2003 club that connected on seven homers at LSU.
NC State piled on 22 hits with every starter collecting at least one. Brett Austin added three hits and scored twice.