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Kevin Fagan had a pair of hits against NC State.
by: Stetson University
Hatters Downed by No. 5 NC State, 6-1
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  03/11/2014
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DeLAND—Four NC State pitchers held Stetson to just five hits as the fifth-ranked Wolfpack downed the Hatters, 6-1, Tuesday at Melching Field.

Wolfpack pitchers Patrick Peterson and Andrew Woeck combined to strike out 12 Stetson batters, as the Hatters (5-12) saw their three-game winning streak snapped.

“We didn’t compete tonight,” said head coach Pete Dunn. “I don’t get it. That was probably the most comfortable win that NC State is going to have all year.”

The Wolfpack (14-2) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Brett Austin led off with a single and was sacrificed to second. Trea Turner then lined a single to right field, easily scoring Austin for the early lead.

Stetson had an opportunity to answer in the bottom of the first, but came away empty. Kevin Fagan reached on a one-out single, and Peterson walked Tyler Bocock and Patrick Mazeika to load the bases. But designated hitter Taylor Cockrell struck out on three pitches, and Garrett Russini grounded out to end the threat.

“We had an opportunity to make a statement in the first inning,” said Dunn. “And we strikeout with bases loaded and one out. We can’t even put the ball in play. It’s disappointing.”

Stetson starting pitcher Josh Powers (1-3) struggled with his command in the third inning, leading to three more runs for the Wolfpack. After surrendering consecutive walks to open the inning, Powers allowed a two-run single to Jake Fincher, and a sacrifice fly to Jake Armstrong as NC State grabbed a 4-0 lead.

The Hatters got on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Powers led off with a double and scored two batters later on an RBI grounder by Kyle Pitts, making it a 4-1 game. Stetson didn’t have another runner in scoring position until Wade McNabb’s pinch-hit double in the bottom of the ninth.

NC State added single runs in the fifth and eighth innings for the final margin.

Austin was the only NC State batter to record more than one hit, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Turner and Armstrong each drove in a pair or runs.

Woeck (3-0) picked up the win after tossing 3.2 shutout innings of relief, fanning six without a walk.

Powers took the loss after allowing four runs on three hits in three innings, with four walks and one strikeout.

Fagan had a pair of hits to lead the Hatters.

Stetson returns to action against No. 13 Miami, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, at Melching Field.

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