March 22, 2003
KINSTON, N.C. – Justin Riley drilled a three-run homer, and Mike Rogers and Joey Devine combined on a five-hitter Saturday to lead NC State to a 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference baseball victory over Florida State in the first game of a doubleheader at Grainger Stadium.
The win was NC State’s 15th in a row, second-longest winning streak in school history, and lifted the 25th-raned Wolfpack to 20-4 overall and 1-0 in the ACC. Florida State, ranked No. 2 nationally, fell to 3-1 in the ACC and 24-3 overall.
Rogers (6-1), a redshirt-freshman righthander, was wild early, but settled down to work eight outstanding innings. He allowed two runs on five hits, walked three and struck out six. Freshman righthander Joey Devine pitched the ninth inning, striking out the side on 14 pitches, to pick up his ACC-leading eighth save of the season. FSU starter Matt Lynch (6-1) worked eight solid innings, but was victimized by a pair of home runs. He pitched seven innings and allowed four runs on nine hits. He walked four and struck out four.
Rogers got in trouble in the top of the first inning, more because of his own wildness than anything else. He walked Tony McQuade with one out, and after McQuade stole second base, Tony Ritchie singled to left for the only hit of the inning. McQuade stopped at third on the play, but scored on Jerrod Brown’s sacrifice fly to center field. Rogers then hit Chris Hart and Eddy Martinez-Esteve with pitches to load the bases, but got Blake Balkcom on a fly ball to right to end the threat with the Seminoles ahead 1-0.
The Wolfpack dialed Dr. Longball in the bottom of the first. Matt Camp led off and reached on a bunt single, and Joe Gaetti walked. Riley followed with a three-run homer to right field, his fourth of the season, to give NC State a 3-1 lead after an inning.
McQuade led off the top of the third for Florida State and went deep for his third homer of the season, a solo shot that cut the Wolfpack lead to 3-2. Colt Morton answered McQuade’s bomb with a solo shot of his own, his seventh of the season, to increase the lead back to two runs at 4-2.
That was all the scoring. Florida State loaded the bases against Rogers in the fourth inning, but failed to score, and Rogers then set down 12 of the last 14 men he faced. He allowed just two hits after the fourth inning and did not allow a runner to reach scoring position in his final four innings of work.