N.C. State lets one get away after leading 8-1, then comes the Balk and the third-strike pitch

Posted by Andy Durham on June 2, 2015 at 10:55 am under College | 4 Comments to Read

Can’t seem to find my “Short-Term Memory Chip” today.

If you are a fan or follower of any of the N.C. State Wolfpack sports, you have to be a sick wolf puppy this morning….N.C. State was up 8-1 late in the baseball game at TCU on Monday night and they committed 6 errors, gave up 6 unearned runs, had two passed balls and two wild pitches, then with all of that, the Horned Frogs of Texas Christian University jumped back into the NCAA Tournament game and went on to defeat the Wolfpack, 9-8 in 10 innings…

The Wolfpack was up 8-1 as the game went to the bottom of the 8th inning and State gave up enough runs to let TCU get within one run at 8-7….The errors, the passed balls, the wild pitches, the unearned runs all led to the TCU comeback…John Olczak, from Wesleyan Christian Academy, was charged with five unearned runs while on the mound for the Pack….

Then came the bottom of the 9th inning and here comes the balk and the dropped third-strike pitch and the passed ball scores the run to get TCU within one run and with the dropped third- strike pitch the Wolfpack can’t record the second out at first base….If N.C. State gets that second out on the strike out and then if the balk does not happen, the runner that scored is still at second base and then the next batter up after the scored run and the passed ball, the next batter up flies out to center field and with that, the game would have gone State’s way, with a 8-7 final, it would have all been over without that Balk and the dropped third strike and N.C. State is on to the Super Regional versus Texas A&M….

TCU 9th – Odell singled through the left side (1-1 KB). Brown grounded out to 3b, SAC (1-1 FB); Odell advanced to second. Britt to p for Orwig. Odell advanced to third on a balk. Jones struck out swinging, reached first on a passed ball (3-2 KBKBBS); Odell scored on a passed ball, unearned. Crain flied out to cf to right center (1-1 FB). Williams pinch hit for Steinhagen. Jones out at second c to ss, caught stealing. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB

+++++I listened to the game on WRALSportsFan.com and that TCU bunch/fan base is a wild crew.+++++

from www.gopack.com:

The Wolfpack (36-23) built an 8-1 lead through the top eighth behind a sterling effort from Johnny Piedmonte, who worked the first 3 2/3, holding the Frogs (47-12) to one earned on four hits with five strikeouts. Will Gilbert mowed down seven of the next eight batters, four on strikeouts in 2 1/3. The Pack pitching staff fanned 13 on the night, surrendering just two earned runs of the nine scored. A rash of miscues and some poor luck sent the scoreboard spiraling in the home team’s favor.

Eight different Wolfpack batters contributed hits, with Logan Ratledge, Andrew Knizner, and Bubby Riley supplying two each. Six players scored at least once in the game. Riley blasted his third homer of the year. Josh McLain picked the perfect time to unleash his first collegiate extra-base hit, a leadoff double to spark State’s three-run third.

Despite the adversity that knotted the score 8-8 in the bottom ninth, State forced extras against a team with just three losses on its home turf, one to the Wolfpack. In the bottom of the 10th, a walk-off single through the right side extinguished the most memorable NC State baseball season in recent memory.


  • Lucy said,

    Damn you Charlie Brown.

  • Greg Norman (The Shark) said,

    I thought my meltdown was bad…this one consumed the entire NCSU infield and then the umps joined in…incredible.

  • Andy Durham said,

    One of the worst “Meltdowns” in recent ACC/state-wide sports history…

    Greensboro Grasshoppers were down 7-0 after 6 1/2 on Sunday and came back to win 8-7 and I thought I’d seen it all with game and then here comes that N.C. State-TCU game last night….Listened to the whole game and not many like that one before….

    N.C. State picked a bad day to start having a bad game/day in the eighth….

    Hard to get that State game out of your head today….Hard one to forget and move on from….

  • Andy Durham said,

    Over at WRALSportsFan they area saying that N.C. State’s season should be judged by the Pack’s success and not by their demise…

    I don’t see how you can have success until you find a way to win or to put away the games you have in place to win…

    Some may argue that N.C. State was not supposed to win that game at TCU, the Horned Frogs were by far the favored team, but N.C. State had that game won last night and that was their game to lose and they did…

    Hate it, but I guess we have to move on…

    Tournament baseball and tournament sports with the games on the line are shall we say, “Very Dramatic”….

    You got to love it and live when the games are on the line, it just makes it a little more interesting…