ACC: Pack pulls a bad trifecta
By Glenn Tanner - May 24, 2007
Through four innings, it was 3-2 UNC and neither team had scored more than one run in an inning.
But North Carolina figured out the secret to the big inning -- get your opponent to commit three consecutive errors in the inning. The Tar Heels put four runs on the board in the top of the fifth and lead NC State 7-2 after five and a half innings.
Dustin Ackley led off the big inning with a double and scored an out later on Josh Horton's Texas Leaguer to left. Chad Flack followed with a single to left to move Horton to second, and then Tim Fedroff bounced a smash to first. Pat Ferguson gloved it, stepped on first for the second out, and threw to second hoping to complete the double play. But the throw hit Fedroff and bounced away, allowing Horton to score. Kyle Seager bounced one to short, but Tommy Foschi whiffed on it, and the ball ended up in no-man's land, allowing both runners to advance two bases and making the score 6-2. Seth Williams then hit a weak grounder to second and Dallas Poulk got into the act. Poulk charged it and needlessly tried to barehand it, but the ball bounced away from him and it was 7-2.
Robert Woodard took the momentum and quickly shut down the Wolfpack in the bottom of the inning. He's at five hits and six Ks in five innings.
NC State starter Eric Surkamp was mercifully pulled to start the sixth. He didn't have good stuff, but was obviously betrayed by his defense: 5 innings, 9 hits, 7 runs, 4 earned, no walks, and two strikeouts.
Posted by Glenn Tanner at 11:48 PM on May 24, 2007