No. 8 N.C. State ends Camel win streak
RALEIGH – Brett Austin led No. 8-ranked North Carolina State with three hits to end visiting Campbell's nine-game winning streak 5-2 Wednesday afternoon at Doak Field.
N.C. State improves to 11-2 with the win, while Campbell moves to 10-2 on the season.
Austin, a sophomore catcher, went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Jake Fincher and Tarran Senay added two hits each. Will Nance also went 3-for-4 with a run scored for the Wolfpack.
Brent Graham paced Campbell with two hits.
Ben McQuown started things off for Campbell in the first, scoring on a bases-loaded wild pitch with two out.
In the bottom of the inning, N.C. State used back-to-back two-out doubles from Austin and Senay to even the game at 1-1.
In the third, Michael Felton's sacrifice fly scored McQuown, who reached on a leadoff double off the left field wall, giving the Camels a 2-1 advantage.
The Wolfpack capitalized on more two-out scoring in the third, with Austin tying the game on a double into the corner in right. Austin then scored on a Campbell error, making it 3-2 NCSU.
N.C. State added another in the fourth on a Trea Turner sacrifice fly, and Fincher's RBI single through the right side scored Turner in the seventh to give the Wolfpack a 5-2 margin.
Josh Easley (1-0) picked up the win for N.C. State, going 2.2 innings with a strikeout. NCSU starter Karl Keglovits went 2.1 innings with two runs, one earned, on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Andrew Woeck relieved Keglovits, giving up a hit in 1.2 innings. Chris Overman worked 1.1 innings for N.C. State, giving up a hit. Ryan Wilkins earned the save, his first of the season.
Campbell senior Ryan Mattes (3-1) was charged with the loss, dropping his first decision of 2013, pitching five frames while allowing four runs, two earned with a strikeout. Logan Self went two innings in relief, allowing a run on two hits and walking one. Ryan Thompson surrendered two hits while fanning one in an inning of work.
Next up for the Camels will be a three-game series with Fairleigh Dickenson beginning Friday at 5 p.m. at Jim Perry Stadium. The series will wrap with a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday.