No. 8 NC State Ends Camel Streak 5-2

Brent Graham (photo by Bennett Scarborough)
Brent Graham (photo by Bennett Scarborough)

RALEIGH, N.C. – Brett Austin led eighth-ranked North Carolina State with three hits to end visiting Campbell's nine-game winning streak 5-2 Wednesday afternoon at Doak Field.

NC 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, NC State used back to back two out doubles from Brett Austin and Tarran Senay to even the game at one-all.

In the third, Michael Felton's sacrifice fly scored McQuown, who reached on a leadoff double off the leftfield wall, giving the Camels a 2-1 advantage.

The Wolfpack capitalized on another 2-out in the third, with Austin tying the game at 2-all on a double into the corner in right. Austin then scored on a Campbell error, making it 3-2 NCSU.

NC 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 NC State, going 2 2/3 with a strikeout. NCSU starter Karl Keglovits went 2 1/3 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 2/3. Chris Overman worked 1 1/3 for NC 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.